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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady, just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit, this prayer has never failed me.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

+ “The vocations (of religious life and marriage) are more similar than they are different. Either way, it’s bride and mother. Either way it’s love, either way it’s the cross, either way it’s conversion… How is the mystery of brideship and motherhood going to be played out in the heart of every woman? — Sr. M Karolyn Nunes, FSGM

+ Don’t miss this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Collection, featuring many beautiful Marian pieces for the month of May! Here are a few of my favorites this weekSign up here for all the details!

+ “Loving God, today I pray for those who feel like they’re in a season of waiting and it’s very painful. I pray you make your presence known to them in a powerful way, and help them to remember that your timing is good – that this season matters, and that they can trust you. Amen.” — Emily Wilson

+ “I was once advised in spiritual direction, in light of a very serious thing that happened to me, not to ask the Lord “why” — but “how.” “God how do you want me to understand this? How do you want me to see this? How do you want me to respnod to this?”

This is for two reasons: 1) Satan can so easily get a wire in our minds and answer the why. He can tell us things that are not true about ourselves — about the Lord, about the situations we find ourselves in. And second, this question of how — “How, God? – how am I to understand this, how am I to respond to this?” — it’s entering into the disposition of Our Lady, that she had towards life and all of the Lord’s workings in her life. When the Angel Gabriel came to her, she didn’t ask why — she asked how. “How can this be, God and how do you want me to respond to this?” (This is) a fine-tuning, an attunement to seeing the world… with the eyes of Christ and the light of the Holy Spirit.” — Anna Kreslins

+ “Being in love makes bearing a cross possible. I’m gonna break this one down in context of Jesus today. When my will happens to not be what God wants I’ve found this to be the best solution…” — A Catholic Convo

+ “I’m grateful for Thomas’ honest curiosity in the presence of the Lord, which elicited a response of great consolation: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus responded to Thomas in the same way He responds to you and me: with His whole heart and His whole life. He doesn’t assure us of the next steps or give us immediate answers to all our curiosities, but leaves us with the promise of His constant fidelity.”Kelsey Minton, Blessed is She Devotional from 2022

+ “I make a point to ask myself in times of conflict or disagreement (in marriage): Will my reaction or response produce unity or disunity? The enemy seeks to create conflict and chaos in your marriage. He wants nothing more than for you as the wife to react with a snarky comeback that spews disrespect towards your husband. Once the match has been lit the only way to put out the fire is to react with grace. Some discussions need and must be had, but more often than not, disunity begins in the petty arguments. You have to ask yourself what is most important – your pride or your marriage? It is how we react that determines whether the enemy wins.” — TTC

+ “There have never been more masculine words spoken than “This is my body given for you” and there have never been more perfectly feminine words spoken than “Be it done unto me according to thy word.” — Poco a Poco Podcast

+ “The best part of your life is spent in the little nameless acts of kindness and love you have performed in your home. Faithful, self-forgetting service – love that spends itself – is the secret of family…” —Fr. Lawrence Lovasik

+ “Mary is our mother. If we are to know the brotherhood of Jesus Christ, we must come to know the mother whom we share with Jesus Christ.” — Scott Hahn

+ Creating a Mary Garden — Speaking of which, scroll down for some more inspiration of how to create one in your yard!

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