That Yeah,Yeah Conversation

MP900262971Mommy Mantra July 2, 2014: Amos 5:14-15, 21-24, Matthew 8:28-34
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Amos is still sounding very parentie, if I may coin a phrase, telling us to stop play acting at loving God but really do it. God’s response seems harsh: “I hate, I spurn your feasts, says the LORD….”, but I hear a lot parental frustration in that statement, in the whole reading! It’s the conversations, let’s be honest, the arguments, we have with our kids when they give us the yeah, yeah response.
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Amos is letting us know that God just wants a relationship with us, but we are being so stubborn in doing only what we want that it does to God what it does to us: tick him off. Just like the relationship we want to have with our own children he does with us, and he has done with as we have done for our own children. We have set boundaries, established rules, created guidelines for their good; and here is a key to understanding God’s position with us, out of our own experience, read here wisdom.
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Now we have Jesus who encountered a group of demonics who seem pretty terrifying. First they mock him saying something akin to come at me bro. Then they beg to have the evil put into a group of nearby swine. And Jesus causally commands the spirits into the swine. I know moms with children with serious emotional issues. For them they battle with their children’s demons everyday, and it is a battle! Those moms who remain steadfast in the face of it, who are strong, who hold their ground come out the other side. It is no means easy and far too often exhausting to the point of collapse on a daily basis, but they know that like Jesus’ confrontation of the demonics, parental commitment takes patience and steely resolve to help their children journey from illness to wholeness, to have their demons thrown into swine: be gone through therapy or medications or both.
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Today let’s support each other in our struggles and triumphs by praying that for this day whatever demon we are facing it be thrown into the swine.

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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