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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me and I in Him.” — St. Francis de Sales

+ “God has allowed things in my life for His own providence and they have broken my heart open to love like Him and I would never come close to loving like Him had those things not happened to me.” — Sr. Miriam James

+ “Every morning, we may be tempted to put off our prayers until “later” or skip them altogether because we have much to do and action is where it is at. If we allow the devil to win in this very first struggle of the day, he will win many more of the battles throughout the day. Our Morning Prayers, whether they be said while nursing a baby or changing a diaper, need to be a priority and the very foundation of our daily life.” — Finer Femininity

+ “Anything that you do in life will make sense only if you look at it in the view of eternal life.”Chiara Corbella Petrillo

+ “These words, “Do not fear”, must have deeply penetrated Mary’s heart. We can imagine how in various situations (Mary) must have pondered on those words, she must have heard them again. At the moment of Simeon’s prophecy… At that very moment in which she might have succumbed to fear, Mary returned to the Angel’s words and felt their echo within her: “Do not fear, God is carrying you”.

“Then, when contradictions were unleashed against Jesus during his public life and many said, “He is crazy”, she thought once again of the Angel’s words in her heart; “Do not fear”, and went ahead. Lastly, in the encounter on the way to Calvary and then under the Cross, when all seemed to be destroyed, she again heard the Angel’s words in her heart: “Do not fear”. Hence, she stood courageously beside her dying Son and, sustained by faith, moved towards the Resurrection, towards Pentecost, towards the foundation of the new family of the Church.” — Pope Benedict XVI

+ “Yes, even that. The words that crushed you. The heartbreak you want to forget. The hurt that is etched into your mind. The mistake that you feel you cannot move past. God can redeem even that.” — Christine Caine

+ A saint to call on for every need

+ “Even though I felt like I had the perfect husband, he can’t fulfill everything that I need. Only God can do that.”Alicia Hernon, Array of Hope podcast

+ “Love has been sold a bill of goods. Often tossed to the side to find a shinier version that feels good, looks good and the cycle continues. How do you keep love alive? It starts with knowing Who is the perfect love, God, and ends with considering your love’s needs more important than yourself. That’s it. Day after day we have a choice. Do I want to play golf? No, I would rather get a massage for that $. Does he want to sit through 3 hours of opera and hold chickens? 100% no. We do it because we have experienced the perfect love of Jesus so we try (and often fail) to emulate it. Love doesn’t always feel spicy and heart swelling, but I can promise that the trust built through the “I’m sorry’s” feels 100x better than all of that.” — Tello and Rose

+ “Once, I was feeling a bit unseen, under-appreciated, and had a ridiculous notion: how many meals had I served over my 42 years of marriage. I only considered a small portion of the countless meals, as a family and for others, and came up with over 200,000 meals in my home! That’s a lot of dishes!… I had no idea of the cost in time, heart, work, creativity, love, instruction, or patience (that would be involved in marriage and motherhood). Yet, I am old enough, seasoned through many years, to be able to say it is the most profound work I have undertaken—to shape real human beings in faith, virtue, and purpose in life over decades. A secret to my happiness was finding joy & fun in all the moments….

“I am grateful for the example of Jesus, how He interacted with His disciples in little things. I learned that tiresome tasks I faced day after day, became holy actions as I offered them to Him. When we serve our children, we invest in them, building bridges from our hearts to theirs, helping their souls understand the love and grace of God…” — Sally Clarkson

+ “I slept, and dreamed that life was beauty;
I woke, and found that life was duty.
Was thy dream then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, sad heart, courageously,
And thou shall find thy dream to be
A noonday light and truth to thee.” — Louisa May Alcott

+ “Do you want to know the secret to strong families? It’s going to really surprise you. The secret to the strongest families out there is their ability to repair; their ability to say I’m sorry, I made a mistake, I didn’t mean it like that. And then, to become better.” — Ralphie, Positive Parenting

+ “When healing doesn’t come, I find myself at a fork in the road. And the one path says God is not who he says he is. And the other path says God is who He says He is.” — John, In the Thicket Podcast

+ “You, sister, are not cursed by God. He did not curse your body, your pregnancy, your cycles, your womb. Let’s get this straight right from Genesis: After the Fall, God curses the *serpent* and He curses the *ground*. He never ever curses His daughter Eve. No matter her sin, Eve remained His beloved daughter, the crown of all His beautiful creation. Yes, there were now consequences for her free choice to turn away from His Love and grasp at what was not meant to be hers… But precise language is important. While the Fall led to the curse of death and of the old law, Eve herself was not cursed. And neither, sister, are you. You, too, are His beloved daughter. You are beautiful, you are good, you are redeemed, and through Christ, can be set free from every curse (Gal. 3:13).” — Made for This Birth

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