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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for. We wait during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after Easter for the coming of the Spirit, and after the ascension of Jesus we wait for his coming again in glory. We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the conviction that we have already seen God’s footsteps.⁠ Waiting for God is an active, alert—yes, joyful—waiting. As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes.”⁠ — Henri Nouwen⁠

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 week… Sign up here for all the details!

+ Mother Teresa said this prayer frequently: “Mary, mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.” 🌸 The title “Mary, Mother of God” is actually one of the oldest titles of Our Lady. We will celebrate her feast day next Monday. That’s why I included this beautiful painting (above) in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Collection — to help you know which feast days are coming up, and how you can use beautiful Catholic home decor to celebrate them. 💕

+ Did you know that lilacs are also known as the Ascension flower? “Named for the time of year in which it blooms, our tiny lilac bush has given us flowers around the Feast of the Ascension the past few years and I never made the connection… I find it so special when the beauty of Creation can remind us of liturgical feasts throughout the year. Because of the feast’s proximity, lilacs can also be called Pentecost Flowers (similar to peonies known as Pentecost Roses)…” — Sarah, AMDG Gardener

+ Blue & White dresses for Mary while it’s still May 💙 I share a lot about liturgical living and decorating for the feast days, and another way to incorporate that into your life can be through your dress — through the colors and the patterns of what you choose to wear. It can be an interior reminder for yourself about your Mother’s intercession for you. It can also be a way of evangelizing. Someone might ask you about that bracelet or that dress, and you can share with them what inspired you to choose it and the meaning behind it.💕 Sign up for The Collection to get the links to all the dresses here.

+ “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

+ “The secret of joy is Christ in me — not me in a different set of circumstances.” — Elisabeth Elliot

+ “In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells his disciples a parable about the necessity to pray always without becoming weary. A beautiful way to “pray always” is to pray novenas.” — The Pocket Guide to Novenas

+ “Many times God allows it to be hard to pray, simply to teach us in applying our wills, to teach us that the value of prayer does not depend on the amount of emotion we can muster up… Saying prayers when you least want to, simply because you love God and have a kind of dry respect and a sense of obedience, is to gain the greatest merit… Many times the saints had trouble getting excited about prayers, but they said them, because prayers were due and their value had nothing to do with how eagerly they went about saying them.” –Mary Reed Newland

+ “Have you ever been afraid of “missing” God’s will for your life? I certainly was. I thought God was dropping hints for me, if only I was discerning enough to pick up on them… I was constantly looking for signs. I didn’t want to “mess up.” However, when I read the Bible, I never found a place where God promised to provide me with a blueprint for what my life should look like. In fact I saw quite the opposite. I saw men and women of God who walked by faith, not by sight, often having no clue what God was doing. But they trusted Him. And by trusting Him, and obeying him, they abided in His will… God doesn’t ask you to figure out His personalized will for your life. He asks you to trust. To obey. To be faithful with what you’ve been given.” — Ane

+ Sanctification does not depend on our geography or on our work or circumstances. Some people imagine that if they were in another place, or married to a different spouse, or had a different job, they could do God’s work so much better. The truth is that it makes no difference where they are; it all depends on whether what they are doing is God’s will and done for love of Him.” — Archbishop Fulton Sheen

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