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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ One of the ways we can train ourselves to see God’s hand in our lives is to look around and recognize what we’re grateful for that day. That past week or the last year. We may not always see it in the present moment — sometimes, it’s easier to see in retrospect. But looking for God, being grateful for any good or easier thing today, can change our hearts and help us endure. 💜🙏 More here: Prayers of Gratitude and how they helped me through a difficult season

+ Here are some of this week’s feast days: Our Lady of La Leche, Bl. Carlo Acutis, and St. Teresa of Avila. 🌸 I always look at the Liturgical Calendar when I’m putting together my Monday Collections, so we can all incorporate more of our Faith into our homes… Scroll down to see everything featured in this week’s Collection — and you can sign up for it here.

+ “There is a little secret in the spiritual life: The more the heart gives thanks, the more God gives, even when life isn’t perfect, even when we don’t have everything we need or want. The more we thank God, the more our heart is open to receive even more of his mercy and his gifts.” — Fr. Jacques Philippe

+ Saints who struggled with mental health

+ “Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him.” — C.S. Lewis // I thought this was an interesting quote to consider in how it can relate to marriage — there are times when we may not feel like doing the loving thing, or like giving more of ourselves. But this reflection from C.S. Lewis seems to suggest that if we do those actions even without feeling those feelings, we may grow in those feelings — they’ll come again, they’ll strengthen.

+ “Forgiveness is a habit. It takes practice and conscious effort to be able to forgive right away. When you and your spouse are both in the habit of confessing your wrongs to each other, you’ll find it easier to forgive each other, too. ” — Jason Angelette

+ Attributes of God

+ “So what’s your leprosy? We’ve all got it. Every one of us. I know it. There’s something in you. I don’t care how great you are in the eyes of the world. I don’t care how accomplished you are, there is something in you that eats away at you, that bothers you, that unnerves you. There’s a thorn in the flesh. What is that? Name it, know it. And then dig there for the treasure, because that might be the very suffering that leads you on the path of humility, which alone leads to spiritual healing.” — Bishop Barron

+ How to Interpret Silence from God: “God doesn’t use the silent treatment or give us the cold shoulder to manipulate us. Nor does He distance Himself or abandon us. He is a kind, loving Father who practices healthy communication with His children. So how do we explain occasions where we experience a perceived silence from Him in prayer? Here are a few possibilities — and some tips on what to do if you find yourself there.🙏🏼🧡 ” — Catholic Revival Ministries

+ Saints to Know and Novenas to Pray for Infant Loss // This Saturday: a virtual prayer retreat in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

+ “When 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 // About St. Faustina and The Divine Mercy Novena

+ “Every pilgrimage has a destination. And even Tolkien’s longest leisurely strolls led him back home. The full final verses of the poem from which the famous wandering line has been extracted reveal this. The poem concludes thus: “All that is gold does not glitter; / Not all who wander are lost. / The old that is strong does not wither. / Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” Rather than being an anthem to aimless wandering, the poem concludes by praising roots — that is, the foundation, the beginning.” — Fr. Patrick Briscoe

+ “The good life isn’t the absence of heartache; it’s the presence of God, by grace, in the midst of it. Our hope in the midst of hardship is that Jesus doesn’t just work things out for our good — He is our good.” — Ruth Chou Simons

+ Catholic Answers: 25 Questions About Abortion

+ “We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.” — St. Francis of Assisi

+ “If God has a perfect plan, why should we pray for anything?”

+ The Exhaustion of Thursdays — for kids and adults alike

+ I shared a little bit of a Fall Home Tour here! A little bit about how I infuse my Faith into my home decor ❤️ I love neutrals but I also love color! So I’m always finding the right balance of it all for our home. Most of these pieces I put out are things I’ve had for a while but I share similar pieces that I love every Monday in the Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Collection — so check that out if you think we have similar taste! ❤️ You might like it.

⭐ Lastly, here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Collection (name change that I shared here!). 

I 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 & Catholic home decor. When I’m creating them, I always look up the upcoming feast days and find pieces to complement them so that you can have some examples of how to decorate for the different feasts & Liturgical seasons!

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