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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “One of my favorite “Mary” feast days. (The Visitation) Because I imagine that any one of us could be “Elizabeth”. You know, life is a bit heavy. The unexpected is more difficult. You’re not as young as you used to be. Doesn’t anyone notice the struggles you’re dealing with? Even someone to talk to would be an added blessing. And then there she is. What would she say to you? “Oh, I heard. How ARE you? How can I help? Don’t worry, ok? I’m here. I’m here…” Or maybe she would say nothing at all. Maybe she would just hold on to you for a good long time. She’s had long practice at this and she knows what your heart needs…

“Think about this for a minute.
Mary had just been told that God was asking her to be the Mother of His Son. The Archangel also mentioned that her elderly cousin Elizabeth was expecting and already in her six month.
So what does this young teenager do? She proceeds “in haste” into the hill country (a dangerous and exhausting journey!) to help her cousin. 
This was her automatic response. This was her beautiful nature. This was her heart. And after 2000 years, none of it has changed. 
We are each “Elizabeth” to her, and whatever our needs, she doesn’t wait to be asked. She proceeds in haste…she runs to our assistance. And each time she does, it is Jesus she brings with her. “Mary remained with her…” And with you.” — Sr. Julia

+ “Love does not stay idle.” // The Visitation: While I was praying the Rosary recently, particularly thinking about The Visitation, I thought of St. Catherine of Siena, who once said: “Love does not stay idle.” When I first saw that quote, I initially took it as an encouragement in our vocation — to love and serve those around us. To be generous and to allow our heart to be moved towards love. Like Mary did as she visited Elizabeth.

Later, though, I thought of it another way, and I considered how it really reflects God’s character. He does not stay idle. In our seasons of waiting — when all may seem still or quiet — or even completely silent, He is there and He is at work. “Love does not stay idle.”

Here’s what’s featured in my newsletter, The Collection, this week. Scroll down to see all the modest fashion finds included! This week, I focused on finding pieces for the upcoming feasts of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart:

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+ “I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christ-centric, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption.” — St. John Paul II

+ “When washing the sink full of dishes, be reminded that “small tasks performed with great love are truly coins of salvation.” When sweeping the floor for the third time for the day, do “not grow weary of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not lose heart.” When responding with love when you feel hurt… draw strength from the source of all strength.” 💕💕💕Marie

+ “Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy.” — St. Teresa of Calcutta

+ “What is your favorite prayer to say when you’re down? // This is not a prayer per se, it’s a St. John Henry Newman quote: “God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission.

I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught.

I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.

If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.

He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

+ “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … ⁠ “There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”⁠ — J.R.R. Tolkein⁠

Here are the fashion finds in this week’s Collection:

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