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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ A short prayer from St. Edith Stein

+ “For by doing what God demands of us with total surrender of our innermost being, we cause the divine life to
become our own inner life. Entering into ourselves, we find God in our own selves.” — St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

+ “The saints did not all begin well, but they ended well.” — St. John Vianney // Let’s always hold onto hope. Let’s always share that hope. 🙏

+ The Pray More (online) Healing Retreat begins next Wednesday, August 17th. Some quick details here.

+ “Prayer is our lifeline. It brings us closer to our Comforter and our Healer.” — Anni Harry

+ “Prayer knocks at the door. Fasting obtains and mercy receives. Prayer, fasting and mercy: these three are one and give life to each other.” — St. Chrysologus

+ “Prayer is in fact the recognition of our limits and our dependence: we come from God, we are of God, and to God we return.” – Pope John Paul II

+ “St. John Vianney saw a man every day in church praying for hours. One day he asked what words he prayed. The man said, “nothing. I just look at Him and He looks at me.” Great inspiration for me who always thought I had to say a lot in prayer.” — Fr. Goyo

+ “Our faults are like a grain of sand beside the great mountain of the mercies of the good God.” — St. John Vianney // “On the way of the Cross, you see, my children, only the first step is painful. Our greatest cross is the fear of crosses.” — St. John Vianney

+ “Let us not be confused by the talents & missions of other saints. Let us be the kind of saints we were created to be.” — Mother Angelica

+ “God doesn’t want perfection. He just wants your heart” — BelovedBlessedArt

+ 5 Focal Points of a Thriving Marriage

+ A few thoughts about when we try to incorporate a new spiritual practice into our lives — when we try to start a new prayer habit 🙏🌸 And, gardening always makes me think of the spiritual life. Watch here.

+ “The way to grow in hard times is to keep dwelling in God at all times.” — Ann Voskamp

+ “Just as a mother finds pleasure in taking her little child on her lap, there to feed and caress him, in like manner our loving God shows His fondness for His beloved souls who have given themselves entirely to Him and have placed all their hope in His goodness.” –St. Alphonsus Liguori

+ “The declaration that the Kingdom of heaven is at hand is meant to serve as an eviction notice to the kingdom of darkness: “Your time is up, it’s time to move out!” Just as darkness cannot withstand light, the kingdom of darkness cannot remain when the Kingdom of God is made present.” — Catholic Revival Ministries

+ On the Blessed Virgin Mary’s fierce love // The *incredible* story of Our Lady of Snows

+ “I grew up with a faith based on fear… With His grace, I’ve had to begin again. I know I shouldn’t feel insecure, but my friends, I feel like I just began to pray. To really pray. To really know who faith is. To meet him in the morning and know He’s with me in my day.” — MissIrelandRose

+ “When you marry your spouse, you get their family too; and while our culture presents the in-law relationship as inherently strenuous, it can be a mutual blessing. You cannot force anyone to change, but you can seek mutual understanding and peace as far as it depends on you.” — Anneliese

+ A Novena round-up: Novenas to Pray in August // How to Pick A Novena to Pray // Novenas for Loss & Grief // Novenas for Financial Difficulties

+ 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 & 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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