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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “…the most important thing is spending time with the Lord. We can’t allow Him to plant the seeds of faith if we aren’t dedicating time in prayer each day. But even that’s not enough. We have to ask the Lord to make our hearts more receptive, which takes sitting with the Lord in silence. It means asking the Lord to reveal the areas of our hearts that need to be healed. And if we ask the Lord to show us that with a sincere heart, He will in time. He’ll start to give us memories of the past where we were hurt or neglected. He’ll show us the sins of our past – not as a way to condemn, but as a way of getting us to recognize that He desires to bring wholeness to our hearts.” — Fr. Tom Pringle

+ Our online Pray More Healing Retreat begins August 11th!

It comes with 19 talks by 6 different speakers. Each talk is about 10-20 minutes long. The retreat is self-paced. This means that you can participate wherever you are and whenever you have the time. It’s like a do-it-yourself retreat, but you’re not doing it alone — we’re doing it with you! We hope you’ll join us and that it will be fruitful and healing for you. You can learn more & sign up here.

“God is always speaking. He wants to communicate to you. He wants to tell you His love for you and His care for you. It can be hard to hear because there are other voices in the way — voices like lies from our wounds, and healing our wounds is so important because God wants to be our Father.” — Jake Khym, one of our speakers

+ A guide to quick discernment

+ “The story of Mary of Magdala reminds us all of a fundamental truth: A disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for His help, has been healed by Him and has set out following closely after Him, becoming a witness of the power of his merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.” Pope Benedict XVI⁣⁣⁣

+ 2o ways to build up your husband

+ “We adore a Resurrected Lord, who has called us by name. If you seek new life, you must first seek the giver of life. If He speaks, show up. If He is silent, show up. If all you can see is the empty tomb, trust that He is right behind you. The best thing we can get out of prayer is not an epiphany nor an emotion, but Emmanuel Himself- God with us.” — CFR

+ A little bit about St. Anne & St. Joachim — how we know about them, what we know about them, etc.

+ Spiritual Motherhood Podcast

+ I wrote a little bit about St. Anne throughout her novena on my Instagram page; if you’re not already following me there, here it is 🙂 I’ve been sharing the daily novena prayers there for the last few months and I might continue to do that.

+ Here’s the short story of how I met my husband!

+ “Resurrection… is one of God’s preferred ways of telling great stories. He is the best author of all time and the creator of storytelling,” he wrote. “I have been called to the front. I am going to the Olympics. I have long prayed for increased dependence on God in all areas of my life. And while I felt so near to Him following defeat, His plans are great and beyond me. I could never have imagined a story with beginnings like this.” — Karate Olympian, Tom Scott

+ ‘Generously share everything,’ Paul VI reminded married couples in Humanae Vitae.”

+ Lastly, here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life NewsletterI share these every Monday and they always include: two gluten-free recipes, a reflection & prayer based on Sunday’s Mass readings, and links to budget-friendly fashion & home decor.

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