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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus and say only one word to Him: ‘You can do all things.’ And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him.” — St. Faustina

+ Jesus, I trust in You prayer: Jesus, I trust that You will lead me today to the places and people where I need to be, where I need to love, where I need to serve. I trust You’ll give me everything I need to accomplish these things, and to give your love and mercy to those closest to me. I trust You’re with me every single moment of the day, especially in the darkest moments. I trust that You have a plan for me and my life, and that You also know the desires of my heart, and that Your plan is for my good. I trust that your plans are always for my good and that your ways are always for me. Jesus, I trust that even my pain and suffering, and heartache, are meaningful to you, so I trust You will use them for your glory. I trust you will not allow me to endure hard things without bringing about better things, even if I cannot see them now or in this world. Amen. — I first shared this here

+ “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced to them.” –– Maya Angelou

+ Some things take a little longer to bloom. But that doesn’t mean their blooms are any less beautiful. That doesn’t mean they’re late. They have their own season, that you just can’t compare to others, that God created with purpose. You do too. ❤️

+ “In prayer we lift ourselves up to God. In the Sacraments He comes down to us.” — Scott Hahn

+ “The world is thy ship and not thy home.” (St. Therese)

I think of these words when my heart aches because of the pain of so many in this world, including my own. I think of these words when I don’t know how to endure what God has allowed. I think of these words when I feel tempted to care a little too much about things of this world.

This is not our end-game. This is not our home. And honestly, at times, that brings me so much comfort — because living in this world can sometimes just be so hard and painful, breaking our hearts open wide at every turn.

I realize that some good can come from that sort of breaking, though. And I try to surrender to that… But knowing that the pains suffered here will be healed… there… helps me keep moving forward one step at a time.

We celebrated the feast of St. Therese last week 🌸 She was a highly sensitive person, which I relate to, and knowing that she sailed her ship right on home even with choppy waters, makes me feel like we can do it too. 💜🙏

+ “Yes, life sometimes hands us thorns, but we have the choice to park our minds on the thorn or on the beauty it can eventually produce in us, if only we’ll cling tightly to God’s Word. How a person thinks is how they will eventually become.If we dwell on the negative in life, we’ll become negative, and God’s Word will have a hard time taking root in our souls. If, however, we acknowledge the negative but choose instead to look for the good that can come from it, God’s Word will take root in our souls and produce a lush crop of beauty.It all comes down to choice. That day in my aunt’s garden, I chose to be aware of the thorns but park my mind on the beautiful roses.And over the years, I have come to the place in my life where I realize I can focus on the hurt my dad’s absence caused or choose to focus on other things in my life. Beautiful things. To focus on beauty isn’t to deny the pain. It’s just refusing to let it steal anything else from me.” — Lysa Terkeurst

+ “What the IVF?” An explanation into what the Church teaches about IVF and IUI

+ “God has chosen and called each of us by name to bear the fruits of patience, kindness, love, and justice, among so many others, and in return he has given us his kingdom. How can we bear these fruits?

We can pray, love, forgive, rejoice in what is right, and repent of our sins. We can fix our eyes on Jesus, our Savior who was sent to secure each of us a place in the kingdom. We can help those in our lives to let their hearts be captured by him. We can rise above the temptation to just be a bystander in the mission, and we can truly reveal Christ to those around us. God has called us for this time and for this purpose. Accept his charge, and let your actions be valiantly fruitful.” — Unleash the Gospel

+ “(St. Therese’s) life shows that emotional handicaps, neurosis, catastrophic heredity, various diseases, nothing can separate us from merciful love. By her “loving boldness,” by her “brilliant fearlessness,” she has chased away all fears. Ordinary everyday life has become once again the seed bed for possible holiness.” – Guy Gaucher O.C.D. Saint Therese of Lisieux: Story of a Life

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Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter

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