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Jul 18, 2024

Matthew 11: 28-30

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jul 18, 2024

Asking For Help

When my three children were small, we lived 500 miles from our families. Every visit, we’d arrive at the front door to our parents barely noticing us. They’d go straight to the grandkids. They couldn’t wait to get down on the floor to play with them. 

In the mornings, the aroma from the kitchen woke us. Our laundry magically appeared clean and folded in our room each afternoon. Relatives showed up to visit, each one pitching in to love on our kids. This was a time of rest for us.

Every time that I read today’s Gospel, I am reminded of those times where I had help with my children. There are still times where I get busy and harried. Before I know it, I feel overwhelmed. Then I remember that I am loved. I’m not meant to face this life alone. I just need to remember to ask for help.

Jean Heaton is a speaker, retreat and workshop leader, and the author of Helping Families Recover from Addiction: Coping, Healing & Growing with 12-Step Practices and Ignatian Spirituality, published by Loyola Press.

Jul 18, 2024


Lord, I know that in my weakness, I can do nothing without your help.

—Pope Francis

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