Go Ahead Insert Your Name Into the Gospel And See What Happens

wpid-MB900413440.jpgThis is a form of Ignatian Spiritual Exercise: Contemplation prayer.  Ignatius thought the use of our imaginations was a true gift from God; through it we could become one with those in Scripture and create a better understanding of God.  With this exercise we choose a Scripture passage, I have chosen Luke 10: 41-42, the Martha/Mary passage and am asking us to replace the name Martha with our own.  The passage would then read:

The Lord said to her in reply,
“Patty/Wilson, Patty/Wilson (Martha, Martha), you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”

What does doing that do to you…does it change the Gospel message for you?


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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

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