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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “God doesn’t expect us to handle this. He wants us to hand this over to Him.” — Lysa T.

+ The Power of Intercessory Prayer

+ A beautiful part of our Faith is that it give us the words to say and pray when we’re at a loss for words and don’t know what to say in prayer. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a beautiful one — especially to pray for those who are dying and who have passed away, and it ends with this: “Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.” I love these reminders that the Lord is merciful and compassionate, and that He is Love itself.

+ The St. Monica Novena begins tomorrow!

+ “No matches, no lighters in this sacred space. The only way you light your own candle is to draw flame from another’s.

Every story of faith starts like this. We do not make ourselves in this world. We pass down from generation to generation what we have heard and believed, to let others wrestle and wonder and come to claim that truth as their own.” — Laura Kelly Fanucci

+ “What do you do when the world is burning? What do you do when everything and everyone seems to be spinning out of control, whirling and tilting in some mad, pointless dance? What do you when everywhere you look there is so much waste—of life, of love, of effort, of families, of reason and friendship and commonsense? First, you pray…” — Emily Stimpson Chapman⁣

+ “Sometimes there’s truly nothing you can say or do to make a hard situation better. Sometimes, all your spouse needs is for you to sit down in the dark with them for a bit and remind them they aren’t alone. Your presence matters. Your support matters. Your intentionality matters. Don’t take for granted how powerful it is to be a present, empathetic and emotionally available person for your spouse. It can literally change everything. ” — Marriage365

+ “It’s a temptation to find our success in doing, achieving, succeeding. And it doesn’t lead to fulfillment. Our fulfillment is found in pursuing Christ through our vocation.

Being a housewife is far from demeaning. Being a housewife is my path to holiness, my lesson in humility, my opportunity for self-sacrificing love. Today I reject the lie that wants to steal my time and attention from my family. And I renew my commitment to my vocation.” — Sara, to Jesus Sincerely

+ “We are not a step removed from everything; but a step closer to everything when we encounter God.” – Fr. Thomas Acklin, OSB and Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB

+ “Only the man who has had to face despair is really convinced that he needs mercy. Those who do not want mercy never seek it. It is better to find God on the threshold of despair than to risk our lives in a complacency that has never felt the need of forgiveness. A life that is without problems may literally be more hopeless than one that always verges on despair.” — Thomas Merton

+ “St. Peter Damian told how Mary celebrates the feast of her Assumption by bringing thousands of souls to heaven that day. While they have different perspectives, these saints agree that Mary gives her motherly help to the Poor Souls in purgatory.” — Gloria Dodd

+ Saints to intercede for Afghanistan

+ “By looking at Mary’s Assumption into heaven we understand… that our death is not the end but rather the entrance into life that knows no death.” — Pope Benedict XVI

+ Lastly, here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life NewsletterI share these every Monday and they always include: two gluten-free recipes, a reflection & prayer based on Sunday’s Mass readings, and links to budget-friendly fashion & home decor.

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