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This week’s notable reads…

Starting with this side note: This July marks the 50th anniversary of when Humanae Vitae was first published; it’ll be the same week as NFP Awareness Week. To commemorate it, I’ve created The Natural Family Planning Summit. You can click here to sign up for the NFP Summit. And once you’ve done that, please help me by filling out this quick Q & A about what you’d like to see from the Summit.

1. “Have no concern for money. Love your wife more than you love your own life. Never be at odds, but be true. Prefer her company at home, above being out. Esteem and admire her publicly, and advise her patiently. Pray together, go to church, and discuss the readings and prayers. If your marriage is like this, your perfection will rival the holiest of monks.” – St. John Chrysostom

2. “St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote to a couple that had a miscarriage. In response to their question, “What is going to happen to my child? The child didn’t get baptized,” St. Bernard said, “Your faith spoke for this child. Baptism for this child was only delayed by time. Your faith suffices. The waters of your womb — were they not the waters of life for this child? Look at your tears. Are they not like the waters of baptism? Do not fear this. God’s ability to love is greater than our fears. Surrender everything to God.” – Catholic Miscarriage Support

3.  Mother Angelica’s Basic Guide to Holiness:

  1. See God in the present moment.
  2. Turn every disagreeable situation to the good of your soul.
  3. Adapt yourself to your neighbor’s temperament.
  4. Be united to God’s Will.
  5. Choose God above yourself.
  6. Imitate Jesus.
  7. Visit Jesus in the Eucharist often.
  8. Practice virtue.
  9. Frequent the Sacraments.
  10. Try to be aware of His Presence.

4. “One of our Lenten resolutions this year ought to be to get over our fear of sharing the good news, to be aware of the spiritual needs of those around us, and share His love.  More people are looking than you think.” – Marcellino D’Ambrosio, PH.D.

5. “The asking, the journey, the repetition is all for a purpose. The Lord is after complete healing. Lasting change. He doesn’t do anything halfway, and it’s not usually a quick fix. But I’ll take the fullness over the fast any day.” – Beth Davis

6. “That (Sunday) gospel today… I’ve always struggled imagining Jesus as a table-turning, rope-swinging man on a rampage. And he had been to the temple (several times) before so why now? Why demand a stop to/condemn the practice of money changing and animal sales within the temple now? Deacon had a good point. People came from all over Israel to visit the temple in Jerusalem several times a year. They needed to as a Good Practicing Jew. They arrived and needed money exchanged to purchase their tribute for The Lord. People had begun to capitalize on that need to make money. They took an occasion of need and turned it into an opportunity for profit. And if that isn’t a justifiable reason for some righteous anger, I don’t know what is…  

A modern example that comes to mind is the practice of #ivf or #iui for those suffering from#infertility. Knowing these couples are in a place of need and sometimes desperation and using it as an opportunity to make money. Turning children into a product that can be bought. Each cycle of treatment can cost thousands of dollars and there is no guarantee that it will work. IVF pregnancies are high risk for mothers and there is a higher incidence of premature birth and complications… I’m sharing today to let everyone know about an #ivfalternative of Natural Pro-creative Technology or #napro Not only is this safer and more affordable, but it treats the underlying conditions causing the infertility so that a couple can conceive as God intended, through the martial embrace…” – Katie, The Joyful Leap

7. “My goal this lent is to continually return to God with my whole heart.
To follow Jesus’ lead and get back up after falling and falling and falling.
Even if my spiritual life isn’t where I want it to be, I want to use this season to return to Him.
Even if I believe that God doesn’t have more to teach me or show me, I want to return to wonder.
Even when my fasting isn’t perfect, I want to return to my promises.
Even when I struggle and sin, I want to return to my Fathers merciful love.
I want to boldly trust in His grace, without reservations. Again and again and again.” – Julie Lai

8. “There’s Jesus. Jesus reigns.” – Monsignor Gregory Ketcham

9. Marriage can highlight problems, but it can also give us what we need — direction, clarity, and the strength to transform into the best version of ourselves. It is not an obstacle to our growth in holiness — it is, in many cases, the way to our holiness!I Do: From Our Best to Our Worst

10. Five Reproductive Health Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

11. “Trying to trust the unseen God can sometimes feel unsurmountable. But as I go through this condition and spend all of this time and energy trying to find cures and to find relief, I’ve discovered that God is… He’s always with me, and especially during this time of Lent we can really spend more time figuring out how He’s with us, and where He’s with us…

“And through these beautiful gifts of prayer, sacrament, and scripture, I hope that you yourself can discover, in your own affliction, where God is carrying you through it, where He is holding your hand, or guiding you, and making good. Because He promises that, in Romans 8:28, for all those who love Him, that He will bring good even the worst conditions. That might be the Allison abridged version of Romans 8:28, but I believe in His promises. He doesn’t make them lightly. And I believe in the scriptures and what they have to teach me, and to teach us.” – Allison Gingras