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The teaching that men are to be the “spiritual leaders” of their homes is found nowhere in Scripture, and yet I—along with far too many young evangelical women—spent hours upon hours fretting over this in college, worrying I’d never find a guy who was more knowledgeable about the Bible than I, who was always more emotionally connected to God than I, who was better at leading in the church than I, and who consistently exhibited more faithfulness and wisdom than I. (In fact, under this paradigm, I came to see many of my gifts as liabilities, impediments to settling down with a good “spiritual leader”!)

Well guess what. I never found such a person. I never found a spiritual “leader.” Instead, I found a spiritual companion to travel with me on the journey of faith, for better or worse, in good times and bad, in times of spiritual wealth and in times of spiritual poverty. Dan isn’t expected to always be the strong one while I am always the weak one. Instead, we cheer each other on, help each other up, and challenge each other to do better. Sometimes we walk side by side, moving along at a quick pace. Sometimes we help each other over boulders and fallen trees. Sometimes I’m leading the way; sometimes Dan is. Sometimes I carry him and sometimes he carries me. The journey of faith is far too treacherous and exciting and beautiful to spend it looking at the back of another person’s head. Jesus leads us down the path, and we tackle it together, one step at a time.

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Rachel Held Evans (via yesdarlingido)
"Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all."
One of my favorite quotes of all time. Amen. (via lovelettersalways)
"Hail, O Virgin of Guadalupe, Empress of America!
Keep forever under thy powerful patronage
the purity and integrity of Our Holy Faith
on the entire American continent. Amen."

Written by Pius XII 

It is suggested that three Hail Marys be recited for North, Central and South America.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us, keep us under thy mantle and be our salvation.

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signorcasaubon:

High Altar of Saint John the Baptist Catholic church, Riemsloh, Osnabruck, Germany. This Altar, contrary to appearances, was only built in 1908— when the church was undergoing restoration— by a certain Heinrich Seling of Osnabruck.

signorcasaubon:

High Altar of Saint John the Baptist Catholic church, Riemsloh, Osnabruck, Germany. This Altar, contrary to appearances, was only built in 1908— when the church was undergoing restoration— by a certain Heinrich Seling of Osnabruck.

This 1627 Gospel was a gift from Tsar Nicholas II  of Russia to his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. It was presented to her in 1916 to celebrate Easter.

"Elizabeth Ann Seton is a saint. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is an American. All of us say this with special joy, and with the intention of honoring the land and the nation from which she sprang forth as the first flower in the calendar of the saints. Elizabeth Ann Seton was wholly American! Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her. And know how to preserve her fruitful heritage."
Paul VI at the Canonization ceremony of Elizabeth Ann Seton on 14 September 1975 
"But who can feel ugly, when their heart feels joy?"
C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces (via rainydaysandblankets)
"Prayer gives us strength for great ideals, for keeping up our faith, charity, purity, generosity; prayer gives us strength to rise up from indifference and guilt, if we have had the misfortune to give into temptation and weakness. Prayer gives us light by which to see and to judge from God’s perspective and from eternity. That is why you must not give up on praying!"
St. Pope John Paul II (via vocationquestions)