Speaking in tongues

Child 1

Child 1 (Photo credit: Tony Trần)

They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?  Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?”

The power of speech, the power of hearing.  God truly wanted communication to have a spiritual aspect to it.

The first reading of Sunday May 27, 2012, spoke to me as a mom.  If we have more than one child we know that each of our children will “hear us” differently.  Its as if we are speaking two different languages, we have to learn our child’s native tongue.  What does that mean? We have to know about our child’s individual personality. Is he/she sensitive, outgoing, positive, pessimistic?  Each one of these traits will guide us in knowing how to speak to our child.

And we have to be careful with what we say.  I remember an old Friends episode where Rachel is trying to explain a relationship and the wording she uses confuses and gives her friends the wrong impression.  It is the same for parenting.  We may say something we think is harmless but our children will take it the wrong way.  Why is that? Experience, their experience and knowledge of the world is very limited so what we understand they will not until they become older teens and young adults.

Finally speaking and hearing have a definite spiritual aspect.  God speaks to us everyday through the interactions we have with others.  There maybe an answer to prayer that comes to us through a conversation with a friend.  The friend will have no idea that they even are saying anything specific or significant! We speak to God in our everyday activities in the ways we treat others.  If we treat others with respect than we receive ten fold, but if we shrink away or are not pleasant we get what we do not want.

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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