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Detachment and the Single Life, Part 1

“The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love.”

-Saint John Paul II

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A Dating Hiatus

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident."

--Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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Leading Me Home

"You will never be happy if your happiness depends on getting solely what you want.  Change the focus.  Get a new center.  Will what God wills. and your joy no man shall take from you." -Venerable Fulton Sheen

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Living in His Now

“Discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, will you be capable of the perfect human relationship, that I have planned for you. You will never be united to another until you are united with Me. Exclusive of anyone or anything else. Exclusive of any other desires or longings. I want you to stop planning, to stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing…one you cannot imagine. I want you to have the best. Please allow Me to bring it to you.” -Be Satisfied With Me, attributed to St. Anthony of Padua.

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Vocation

St. Francis de sales

 

January 24

Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor (1567 – 1622)

 “Our business is to love what God would have done. He wills our vocation as it is.  Let us love that and not trifle away our time hankering after other people’s vocations.”

                                                                       --St. Francis de Sales

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Growing Holier as a Couple Through the Cardinal Virtues

 

Happy third week of Lent to all women of grace! If you don’t already know me, my name is Jacqueline Burkepile, and I'm a Catholic newlywed of about nine months. I wrote a blog for Women of Grace in January focusing on becoming a holier wife. I may not be the most experienced wife on the planet, but in nine months, I’ve learned a lot about marriage. I spoke with mine and my husband’s pastor, Fr. Kyle Walterscheid,[1] on how to approach this next blog, and I think you will enjoy the suggestions I have in store for you today.

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