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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “God moves among the pots and the pans.” This is a St. Teresa of Avila quote — her feast day is later this week. I included a print with this quote on it in this week’s newsletter — you can check that out at the bottom of this post. Or you can sign up for the newsletter here.

+ “Jesus tells us to pray for daily bread, but we’d rather have a Costco relationship with God. We’d rather have stuff in bulk so as not to come back to God so often. But we can’t live without daily dependence.” — Rich Villodas

+ “Our goal must be the infinite, not the finite. The infinity is our homeland. We are always expected in Heaven.” — Bl. Carlos Acutis // Holiness advice from Bl. Carlos here.

+ “God is indeed merciful to those who struggle to be holy, like a father who wishes for his children to become fully “grown up” in their new divine life. However, mercy is not laxity, and the Christ-conformed life requires us to be created anew, living the life of grace in all our actions, not merely looking for exceptions to the rules” –Matthew Minerd

+ “It was impossible to self protect and love at the same time.”

+ “When we have nothing left to give, we can turn to God, knowing that he can take our nothingness and turn it into something beautiful.” — Giving God Your Nothingness

+ “Whatever Christ asks us to do to go deeper, we can be sure it’s going to be a little painful to do it. Just like we see with the young man in today’s Gospel reading from Mark 10:17-30. He’s doing good things, but Christ calls him to a higher level of intimacy with God and he can’t do it. He doesn’t trust that God can replace the pleasure he gets from his possessions. Trust, Catholic Pilgrims, that whatever God is asking of you, in order to go deeper into your faith, will be more than worth it.” — Amy, Catholic Pilgrim

+ “At the age of 20, St. John Paul II had already lost all the people he loved, mother, sister, brother, father. When the German occupation began he was removed from university and sent to do manual labor. He never lost his faith, and neither should we.” — Thomas More Society

+ “The rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at a heart a Christ-centered prayer. It has all the depth of the gospel message in its entirety. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb…It can be said that the rosary is, in some sense, a prayer-commentary on the final chapter of the Vatican II Constitution Lumen Gentium, a chapter that discusses the wondrous presence of the Mother of God in the mystery of Christ and the Church” (St. John Paul II, Apostolic Letter, The Rosary of the Virgin Mary).

+ “The Rosary is a long chain that links heaven and earth. One end of it is in our hands and the other end is in the hands of (Mary).” — St. Therese // I only recently – in the last year, started praying the Rosary consistently. It was always in the back of my mind as something I felt a nudge towards, but for one reason or another, I only picked it up as a daily habit last year. And I really like it. I feel like through it, some intentions of mine that felt so stagnant, finally made some movements. I like to pray mine later in the afternoon while walking or rowing with the @manyhailmarysatatime YouTube channel on in the background. If you’ve never prayed it before or consistently, I really want to encourage you to try it today or this month. Even if it’s not perfect. Even if you split it up throughout the day. Even if your mind keeps drifting away from it. Aim for persistence, not perfection 💜

+ “The word rosary means “Crown of Roses,” that is to say that every time people say the Rosary devoutly they place a crown of one hundred and fifty-three white roses and sixteen red roses upon the head of Jesus and Mary. Being heavenly flowers these roses will never fade or lose their exquisite beauty.” — St. Louis de Montfort

+ “What’s holding you back from trusting God?” podcast

+ I just found the best recipe for pumpkin bread! I shared it here. I made this last week and we loved it. I did halve the sugar, so I’m sure it would be even better with the full amount but I thought it was a little much 🙂

+ 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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