The Journey of Motherhood


He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.” Luke 9:3

When I was a new mom I felt very much as if I was going on a journey with nothing!  For me motherhood was quite a surprise!  My hubby and I had other plans; we wanted to take our time getting to know each other before we rushed into this parenting stuff.  But God had other plans.

How many of us felt as if God was saying: “You may not feel prepared, maybe you aren’t prepared, but trust me, it will work out.”  It was very hard to trust God when he says just go ahead, it will be alright.  I can tell you that even if you have studied child development, been a babysitter, worked in a daycare; you are never prepared to deal with a child.  I looked down on this little face and thought how can I do this!  That first experience of motherhood was terrifying, it was a learning process.  Each child was easier and easier.

As a mom on this new journey know that this first experience is the beginning of being Priest, Prophet and Queen.  It is the beginning of becoming.  Your child has changed you, but you will find you are stronger, wiser and more confident as you travel further down this journey.


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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


  1. I am a mom of six kids ages 13 years to 24 years. I also am director of a retreat and conference ministry called Incarnate Institute. My website is:
    I have a M.A. in Theology, a M.S. in Nutrition and a post-graduate certificate from Creighton University in spiritual direction/retreats. I have just finished a book on spiritual motherhood of priests which is going to the publisher. Would your blogg site be interested in a guest blogger on spiritual motherhood of priests. It’s a call for women, mothers of all ages which allows them to find the salvific value of their ordinary lives that makes a real difference for priests and the Church. It’s spiritual fertility that we’ve never realized that we have had.
    I have several of my past publications up on my website. They have been published in Vocation and Prayer Magazine and Homiletics and Pastoral Review.
    Mary Gannon Kaufmann,

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