Stages of spirituality: Matthew 13:1-23

“The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart.  The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.  But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away.  The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

I believe that the Scripture speaks to us, teaches us those truths we need; today is one of those times for me.

Listening to the Gospel and homily I heard what everyone heard the four different person’s and their spiritual response to the word of God.  Still there was something more; maybe because of where I am in my mothering experience I see more of the path than someone starting out so, while some aspects of mothering are still new: Granmothering and the like, the history of my own mothering gives me a perspective and helps me see deeper into both God and my calling, today was no exception.

I listened to the homily, but also thought how each one of those “persons”  could just as easily be stages in spirituality.

    • 1.  Seed sown on the path.

Just beginning to understand God, but not yet knowing God.

    • 2. Seed sown on rocky path

Joyful to know God but is just beginning to know God and create a faith life so faith is not yet strong

    • 3.  Seed sown among thorns

Faith life and relationship with God is affected by concerns and worries which makes God seem far away, but there is a desire to keep going

    • 4. Seed sown on rich soil

Life experience has shown God even in the most difficult times, “stays with it” and just seems to know it will get better

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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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