Double Duty Mom

busy momMommy Mantra June 30, 2014: Reading 1 Am 2:6-10, 13-16, Responsorial Psalm 50: 16bc-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23, Gospel Mt 8:18-22

The first reading and responsorial psalm are what our twinnies would call brutal.

Because they sell the just man for silver, and the poor man for a pair of sandals. They trample the heads of the weak into the dust of the earth, and force the lowly out of the way.  AM 2:6

When the girls use that phrase it is often accompanied by a look of utter incredulous bemusement, as if to say: “What? You talking to me?” The responsorial psalm was God’s: “Yeah, I’m talking to you!

R. (22a) Remember this, you who never think of God.
“Why do you recite my statutes, and profess my covenant with your mouth, Though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you?”

As moms there is a double duty: How do we answer that charge of God to create a society of justice and how do we raise children who will do the same?

Part of the answer can be found in the Gospel: commitment. It’s just that easy. Yeah, right!

It is difficult enough to find time to pray let alone time to save the world! If we were cloistered nuns we would be able to pray all day for the world and it’s needs, but we aren’t: we have been called to motherhood.  And this is something I hear all the time: How can I do this, whatever spiritual practice you did before kids, now. The overly easy answer: You can’t. Simple as that. But it is now a calling to find a way to incorporate it into your mothering.

We are committed to our children. God isn’t asking us to drop all that, just to bring our spiritual practice and life into our “real” life.

Things like finding a righteous cause. Something that will help create a world of love, justice. Something to be passionate about. Jesus tells an unnamed disciple that the dead will bury themselves. What he means is first things first. Find your passion and the rest will follow.

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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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