Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “A Prayer for Peace: Lord, as we prepare our hearts for You, fill us with peace that looks beyond what we can understand. May we fully embrace Your presence in the chaos of life, as we find our rest in Your heart and love You more fully 🤍 Amen.” — Every Sacred Sunday
+ A moment of prayer with the Holy Family before Christ’s birth — pause and pray here! 🙂
+ “Hope is holy-movement. Holy, because it doesn’t look at the world, or our pain, or impossibility as it’s qualification. It looks to the new-making God. It looks to the coming kingdom, the one that’s already breaking in today, and says ‘that’s what I see, that’s the reality I’m living in now.’ Hope defies what our bodies tell us, what the world tells us… Hope is acting in a way opposite to our circumstances. That will be different for all of us today, but what’s important is that we move it from a feeling to an action in some small way. That’s Advent hope, to me. It’s the arrival of the King amidst, not instead, of a hopeless world.” — Commoners Communion
+ “Before the water turned into wine, someone had to do the ordinary, tiresome task of filling the water pots. We want the new wine to just appear, but Jesus calls us to fill the jars first. In short, God often wants us to participate in our own transformation.” — Rich Villodas
+ “We face crises to remind us that we’re pilgrims, still on the way. The Father uses these moments to change us, to speed us along the way, to transform pilgrims into saints.” — Scott Hahn
+ “I was thinking about how, after the angel departed from Mary, she would have had to simply trust that what he said was true… In our own lives, we are often called to trust beyond what our senses can prove. This advent, I invite you to find silence where you can rest in the love of the Father… Let all the plans and shopping and noise fall away… Like Mary, trust that God is working in your life — that even when you are confused and hurting and lost, Jesus has already claimed you as His own. Marvel at the love of a God who would enter creation as a vulnerable baby, who would go into the depths of our darkness and suffering and sin to conquer it. Let this Advent be a time of trust and hope, for Emmanuel has come — God is with us!” — Tianna Williams
+ “How can we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year when we’re tending a broken heart? If Christmas is anything at all, it’s the celebration of Jesus—who left the glory and perfection of heaven to be with us. To not only suffer for us, but to suffer with us. We never, ever walk painful valleys alone. To prepare him room in the holidays looks different in years of deep loss and loneliness. Yet, we can hold space for both our deep grief and deep gratitude that God is with us in suffering. We can let grief shape a Christmas we may never have planned, but one that is full of meaning in new ways.” — Lisa Appelo
+ “Just like the cold can move you closer to the fire, hard things can move you closer to God.” — Ann Voskamp
+ “How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. From the time of his betrothal to Mary until the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, he is there at every moment with loving care. As the spouse of Mary, he is at her side in good times and bad.” — Pope Francis
+ “The theme of Joseph and Mary’s relationship was the other’s salvation; each of their goals was Jesus for the other.” — Susanna Parent
+ “The role of St. Joseph during the expectation of the birth of Our Lord: That Our Lady be not disgraced when it was seen that she was a mother. That Our Lady might have St. Joseph’s aid and comfort That the structure and order of the family be established. That the birth of the Son of God be concealed from the devil.” – St. Bonaventure
+ “Every time you complain about your spouse, your heart hardens towards them. Every time you pray for your spouse, your heart softens towards them.” —DaveandAshleyWillis
+ “Three things about Joy: 1) Joy happens in the unexpected moments. 2) Comparison will steal your joy. 3) Joy moves us to action.” — Beth Knobbe
Here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Collection.
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