Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “God walks into your soul with silent step. God comes to you more than you go to Him. Never will His coming be what you expect, and yet never will it disappoint. The more you respond to His gentle pressure, the greater will be your freedom.” — Fulton Sheen
+ “Your worth is found in God. You are His beloved. And you don’t have to do anything to earn that worth, that status, that love. Read it. Read it again. Internalize it. Give whatever you feel your worth is really found in over to God. Repeat as necessary. “Lord, unclench my fists.” — The best prayer I’ve ever stumbled across.” — Missionary of Beauty
+ On Discernment: “Mother Clare, CFR from the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal outlines what discernment is, how to avoid common discernment mistakes, and gives a step-by-step guide to discerning the questions of your own heart.”
+ “Some words of wisdom from Padre Pio…because every marriage and relationship requires humility: “Humility, humility, and always humility. Satan fears and trembles before humble souls. The Lord is willing to do great things, but on condition that we are truly humble.” – St. Padre Pio // The Lord is willing to do great things in your marriage! But so often it requires humility. Being the first to apologize, doing the chore neither of you like to do, etc. Beautiful things can happen when we are humble!“– Surprised by Marriage
+ Six Rules for Disagreeing with Your Spouse: be respectful, never make threats, don’t bring up past mistakes, listen more than you speak, don’t lose your temper, and remember you’re on the same team.” — Stronger Marriages
+ “Today we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew, one of those on the perimeter of society whom Jesus sought out. He chose this tax collector to be one of his closest friends, not out of pity, but out of love. Jesus saw Matthew in his truest identity- a son of his Father. He saw his inherent goodness, his talents, and his worthiness. He chose to love him, not for anything he did or didn’t do, but for the love that had already been given to him from his Father.” — Tina Heinen
+ “Jesus came to bind up our wounds, but if they’ve healed the wrong way, he also lovingly breaks the leg of his sweet lamb again and binds it in his own humble and pure robes, coaxing his sheep to rest herself into a healed and whole self, ever stronger for the rebroken bone. But rest we must. Trust the Shepherd we also must, for walking wounded is not who we are called to be. Our healing was bought and paid for by the Son of God, and resting in his healing is where we find our most well and whole selves (Psalm 147:3).” — Revelation Wellness
+ “When it comes to being gentle, start with yourself. Don’t get upset with your imperfections. Being disappointed by failure is understandable, but it shouldn’t turn into bitterness or spite directed at yourself.” — St Frances de Sales
+ Beauty is always worth it. Not the kind of beauty that’s meant to impress, though. I’m talking about the kind of beauty that invites someone in, that lifts someone up, that encourages them and becomes a sacred space for them.That’s what I hope I create in and around our home. More here.
+ “The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” — St. Thomas More
+ “Although good homemaking is an admirable virtue, it can be overdone. Create a home, not a showplace…. The castle is not more important than the king that dwells within.” — Helen Andelin
+ “Prayer challenge: ask God to show you an image of a flower that represents you. Ask for protection and for the Holy Spirit to come. And see if an image of a flower comes to mind. Notice the colors, shape, and any other details highlighted. Then ask Him to speak to you about what this means about who you are in His eyes.” — Everloved Ministry
+ Lastly, here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter. I 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 & Catholic home decor. When I’m creating them, I always look up the upcoming feast days and find pieces to complement them so that you can have some examples of how to decorate for the different feasts & Liturgical seasons!
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