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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ First, it’s National Marriage Week! Here’s how I met my husband. It’s a sweet story if you ask me! 😉

+ I recently went to a Quilt Guild meeting where I heard about a Sunshine Committee. I loved the idea and have been thinking about it ever since.

+ “Because He Himself was tested through what He suffered, He is able to help those who are being tested.” HEB 2:18

+ I celebrated my birthday last week, and to celebrate, I made last week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter available for free — you can check it out here! I share these newsletters every Monday and they always include: two gluten-free recipes, a prayer & Mass reflection from Sunday’s Mass, and links to budget-friendly fashion & home decor. You can sign up for it here!

+ “The devil wants you to believe that you’re a special kind of wounded. The kind that no one can love and no one can heal. He’s a liar. You are loved and Jesus can heal you.” — Sr. Theresa Aletheia

+ “Valleys are not forever. It takes a great deal of suffering out of you when you’re in one, but if you can say to yourself, “I am in a valley, thank you for all the things this valley is teaching me, and the end of this valley is coming”, it can make all the difference.” — Theresa Namenye

+ “Somewhere in the social media age we lost touch with the people close to us. We started comparing our private lives to everyone else’s Instagram feed. We stopped being the village. We started fending for ourselves. Enough is enough. Life is beautiful but it can be so hard, we need people in our lives to show up and to love us in the midst of our tragedy. We need human interaction and we need pizza in our socks with good friends.” — Katie Bryant

+ “Jesus, come to my assistance. Guide me in my conversations. Help me encourage my children and respond with grace to my friend. Thank You for the strength to run. I offer this for those who are ill, for their healing and endurance in suffering. Make my work pleasing to You. Thank You for the skills and talents You’ve given me. May I use them for Your glory. Fill me with your life, wisdom, love. I offer my joy. Sorrow. Struggles. Victory. For You, Jesus, I do the chores and each task that comes. To You I surrender my fear and insecurities.Walk this life with me, Lord. Be glorified in all that I do. Amen.” — Gina Fensterer 

+ “Shouting ‘self-care’ to people who actually need ‘community care’ is how we fail people.” — Nakita Valerio

+ St. John Paul II speaks again!

+ The Power of Intercessory Prayer

+ Caring for Others Means Loving Them in the Midst of Their Suffering

Here are some pictures of what I included in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter: