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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ In this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter, I wrote a little bit about how to pray when we don’t know what to say, and how the Holy Spirit helps us during times like that. You can sign up for the newsletter here — I share them every Monday! And you can scroll down to the bottom of this post to see what else is included in the newsletter.

+ Looks like it’s NFP Awareness Week! 😂 I’m not doing much for it this year, but here’s a long list of blog posts to check out throughout the week… Also, something I’ve always found interesting about this week is how it always coincides with the feast day of St. Anne & St. Joachim.

+ Here’s a sweet story about the first time I prayed the St. Anne Novena! 🙂

+ NFP is fertility awareness

+ St. Francis de Sales’ 5 practical tips for a better day

+ Not every part of us will be fully alive in every season of our lives. ✨ Sometimes, pieces of ourselves may become dormant. Sometimes that’s necessary. And after some time, those pieces may come back. A hint of who we used to be — maybe with a touch of who we may still become someday. ✨ And we can grow, and we can change, and we can transform. We can bloom after seasons of dormancy. Jesus, the Divine Gardener works in and has plans for every season. –read here

+ “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

+ “All of us are called to be a spiritual mother in some way, shape, or form…”

+ “New life is not just grown on the inside of our bodies.” – Mary Bruno

+ “One of my favorite lines from the Catechism has been on my heart lately. “The fundamental task of marriage and family is to be at the service of life.” Like I said, I’ve struggled, asking myself, can I do that as a married woman without children? The more I pray & think about this, the louder & more persistent this answer has become: Absolutely. Between my husband, our family, our friends, especially those who have children — there is no shortage of people I can serve. Even the people, the strangers, I may come in contact with everyday — I can serve them, too. Children may not be the fruit of our marriage right now, but we can still radiate the fruitfulness of charity, hospitality and sacrifice.” – Still a Party of Two

+ “There’s so much shame in our scars. But I’m learning it really is in our weakness that we are strong.” — Ashley Stevens

“All human beings have an intrinsic need for human love. It is essential to receive human love in order for a person to feel good, worthwhile, and lovable – as well as to possess the capacity to love others. In essence, we must first be loved in order to love. A person’s ability to love is unlocked when that person experiences himself or herself as good, worthwhile, and lovable. This occurs when one person is the source of unconditional love and emotional strengthening for another person. This capacity to love is essential in order to live out the commandment of Jesus to love one another.” – Conrad Baars

🌸 As always, here are a few pictures of what’s included in this week’s
Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter!

I share this newsletter every Monday and it always includes 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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