Saint Casimir of Lansing, Michigan: Faces Of Mercy Conference

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One of the favours I created for the Faces of Mercy Conference

12469608_1027734777249735_3721772234444287385_oThis past Saturday, February 20, 2016,  St. Casimir experienced the Faces of Mercy online conference. We had no idea what to expect but we were very excited about the opportunity to provide the moms of the parish such a great experience.

We, the team of four women, felt it was a wonderful idea considering that this year our Diocese will not be hosting it’s Women Conference; and that conference has been growing for years and many of the moms we knew were hungry to be spiritually fed.  In fact being spiritually fed is one of the most important issue for moms.  While discussing the topics we had suggested for our conference, (loved the way we were able to choose among topics that fit the needs of the women of the parish hosting, was a great way to make the conference “significant and personal”), not being spiritually feed was so intense that many of the women were weeping.  Weeping at the thought that having been called to be mothers now they have no time for God.

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Some of the 27 women in our conference

Days later on the Facebook page I have created for the moms of the parish, the question of being so busy that a deep faith was almost impossible was brought up.  The elder moms on the group trying to be helpful would post that things will get better. In response one mom had posted this excellent understanding of how moms feel:  “I think one thing busy moms need is acknowledgment that we are doing God’s work just by being moms. A lot of time, I think moms believe that they are not doing what the Church asks of us because we are so busy taking care of our families. But if you look at the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, these are what we do every day: feed the hungry (packing those lunches), give drink to the thirsty (fill that water bottle), clothe the naked (chase that undiapered toddler), etc., instruct the ignorant (any age child), counsel the doubtful (where should I go to college), comfort the afflicted (why didn’t she invite me to her party), and through it all, we bear wrongs patiently (those teenage eye rolls). Sometimes we just need someone to hold up a mirror and say, “good job, Mom.” 

It is clear that Faces of Mercy has touched a nerve:  Mothers must be feed spiritually if they are going to achieve the best of being their vocation.

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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