By Name

This morning the Gospel truly spoke to the Queen in me, the ruler, the guide, and to the Priest that person who nurtures.  And it spoke to me because I have not always been so loving and so I wonder why my sheep still follow me?  The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. John 10: 3 -4

The image of a gatekeeper opening the gate to the shepard: the gate the world, the keeper the Divine, and of course the Shepard for this morning, are us: moms.  We guide and nurture our sheep so that they can go out into the world and be who they are meant to be.  Our children we know by name and from the moment they are born our babies will turn their heads to the sound of our voice; they know us even in the womb!

But there are times when we find ourselves not as loving or supportive as we should be, at that time we feel embarrassed by our actions which is the way we know that there is something to change to make us better leader and nurturer

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Celtic Fonts
This Post’s Journal Question to Ponder: Have there been times when you have not being as nurturing or supportive as you should have?  What was happening in your spirit that caused you to deal with the world in that way?What could you do differently to change that and become more loving?

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

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