While inhaling Come Holy Spirit… While exhaling… fill my heart

MT 14:22-36 After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.  When it was evening he was there alone.

After Jesus had changed the five loaves and two fishes into enough to feed the multitude, he goes off by himself to pray; then he again works another miracle calm the seas, lifting up Peter from sinking.

Jesus goes off by himself to recharge spiritually-emotionally.  Every mother has had similar situations where they are needed to perform some earthly miracle: breaking up fights then repairing relationships, easing sorrow, helping to provide a better perspective on whatever issues our children are dealing.  All of this takes a toll on us.  There is that saying: A Mother’s Work Is Never Done.  I find that very significant, for it is what I have heard the moms with whom I journey live: The Work Is Never Done.  That means we are not taking time out to recharge, discern what God is calling us to do, speak with God about how to ___________, (whatever we need to do and do it well).

For those of us who deal with fear, we have to be very careful to care for our spiritual selves.

How many of us take time after all we have done to do as Jesus did, go off by ourselves to pray?  Not many and not often.  We, fearful moms, feel the need to always be on guard as if we let down our diligence our world will fall.  It is not that we feel we know more than God, are more powerful; it is that we can become overwhelmed by all life can give us that we become spiritually blind.

There are studies that prove that prayer helps anxiety.  Anxiety is a “primitive” emotion; one that takes hold of us at our core and one that must be broken by conscience awareness of our inner selves. Jesus gives us the example of how to deal with this anxiety.  When we have done what is asked of us we should go off by ourselves in some quite place and pray.

What prayer does, is draw us closer to God.

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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