Setting up for Mass

Fourth Daily Mass: When I cried to the Lord, he heard my voice; he rescued me from those who attack me. Entrust your cares to the Lord, and he will support you.

Brrrr. It is distractingly cold.

Today the sky is bright, there is hint of spring but it is just a hint.   It was hard to want to go to Mass this morning.  The night before the kitchen sink decided that it was time to clog and overflow, of course it didn’t help that my hubby was on a business trip.  It took until after 2 AM to clean up and get the clog gone.  With little sleep I really wanted to stay in bed a little bit longer, what got me out of bed and at Mass was the thought that if Father has to get up, go out in the cold to prepare and celebrate for Mass who am I to stay in bed.  So, with a little grumbling I got up dressed and went.

Finally there I felt better, ready to start my day and enjoy Mass.  Today I am a little surprised to see there are so few people at Mass, only six including me.  But here we are.  With this distracting cold, and the kitchen kerfuffle today’s Gospel hit home: all those normal annoyances trying so hard to push you/me off our/my game.  They are like the little cartoon demons that sit on your shoulder telling you it’s OK if you don’t do JUST this once, who is going to know?  You will know, God will know.

In Father’s homily pointed that out.  Our Crosses are not from selfishness, it’s from the petty annoyances.  If we try and ignore those crosses or pretend the crosses don’t exist than you are denying yourself an opportunity to grow closer to God.  It is through these crosses that God helps us grow, change and become stronger.  Without the crosses we would not have salvation.





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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