FYI Wednesday: Dull Shades Of Gray

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

4 Comments

  1. sarah soriano

    well patti as you know I suffer from anxiety and depression it is hard sometimes to deal with the everyday things believe me I know with my life it self in a turmoil and jobless and medical issues it is hard to stay in a up mood people can usually tell when I am in a down mood but you know I just try to say a prayer and try to keep my faith strong and not let it get me down you had said it would be a good idea to keep a prayer journal and just a daily log of ups and downs I have yet to do that but at the end of the day I thank god for letting me get through the day and in the morning I thank him for giving me another day I am blessed to have a good support group in my church family and I do believe that prayer works I feel that is the best medicine anyone can ask for and of course family support well that is my rant for the night just thought I would shard my feelings good article and thank you

    sarah

  2. Hey patty, I think sometimes, as Freud said, “a cigar is just a cigar.” Sometimes someone saying to “smile” just means, “hey, I’m trying to uplift your spirits.” Maybe I’m taking a too simplistic approach, but that’s just me. I try not to overthink things. I’ve found when I do, I can become depressed about it. So maybe when someone says to you to smile, think of it as an encouragement. Just a thought to ponder.

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  4. David, what you say is very true, but both of us know that what is said is not always received as those who said it thought it would come across.

    It is best to be able think of an expression of support that is Christlike, a love message, one that speaks more to the true nature of the person we are supporting and not to our perceived/prejudging thoughts of how that person should behave, react, think, project.

    Consider Christ’s encounter with the woman at the well. Christ identified what she was doing but did not condemn her. He simply told her to go and sin no more. The woman with a hemorrhage who touched his hem, she was not yelled at by Christ, he only questioned who touched him, not angrily, just questioningly. Again he was focused on her needs, not his prejudging thoughts of who she was. And no where in Scripture is it said and Christ went back and nagged them one more time.

    We should try and do the same.

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