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Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ First, this virtual Adoration is one of my favorite things ever. You can tune in for the live stream on Wednesday nights!
+ Do you follow Meg Hunter-Kilmer? She shares so much amazing info about the saints — SO many that I’ve never heard of before!
+ “Virtues are formed by prayer”
+ We’re praying The Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena as a community over at Pray More Novenas right now. We’re also praying The Novena for Racial Healing & Reconciliation, which Fr. Josh Johnson composed. I found this quote from St. John Paul II on the Sacred Heart to be beautiful: “The Heart of the Lord Jesus is the starting-point of the holiness of each one of us.”
+ Servant of God Julia Greely was particularly devoted to the Sacred Heart. She’s an intercessor in the novena Fr. Josh wrote! You can learn more about her here.
+ I’ve also been learning more about Sister Thea Bowman. She shared these words a few weeks before dying of cancer: “We unite ourselves with Christ’s redemptive work when we reconcile, when we make peace, when we share the good news that God is in our lives, when we reflect to our brothers and sisters God’s healing, God’s forgiveness, God’s unconditional love.” You can read more about her here.
+ Marriage & Money: What to do when you’re fighting about money, from Jessi Fearon
+ I wrote the Blessed is She Devotional yesterday — all about hearing God’s voice, how we need silence, and how He often speaks in surprising ways. You can read it here.
+ This post from Amy over at Catholic Pilgrim: Living Out the Faith really resonated with me regarding working through past pains, truly giving them to God and searching for freedom in Him.
Amy wrote: “When the weight of all this bitterness became suffocating, I finally turned to Christ and asked for help. Christ spoke to my heart and said, “You will have to let this go. What’s done is done. Let me handle it now.” I replied back, “I don’t think I can let it go. That feels like I’m condoning what they did.” I heard back, “Just give the pain to me, Amy. Trust me when I say that it will be okay if you do.” And so, I did, because frankly, I was at the end of my rope. It was so hard to offer forgiveness to those that I felt didn’t deserve it but clinging to the past with an iron grip was sinking me. I realized that my obsession with it only made me bitter and angry and it never once brought out a better person in me. In fact, it made me worse.
“I haven’t forgotten my past, it is a part of my make-up. It definitely shaped and formed who I am today, yet it doesn’t cause me anguish and despair anymore. It no longer negatively affects my life. I only found the peace and joy I was seeking, Catholic Pilgrims, once I turned over my heartache and anger to Christ. I just couldn’t mend my wounds on my own. Christ’s love and mercy was the salve I had been desperately trying to find.”
🌸 Lastly, here are a few pictures of what’s included in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter!
I share this newsletter every Monday and it always includes two gluten-free recipes, a reflection & prayer based on Sunday’s Mass Readings, and links to budget-friendly fashion & home decor.
You can see last week’s Newsletter — for free — here to give you an idea of what it looks like!