Showing posts with label Friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Friends. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spiritual Direction

I've been writing about my re-version to lay down the foundation of how easy thing are when we say "Yes" to God.  To remind myself how busy God was (still is) in my life when I'd just get out of the way.  There are many times when I ask myself, really, me, surely not me and why me? 
So I had my big confession, met a really great friend and I felt enlighten by how many bad decisions I had made in my life and that I didn't want to make more big mistakes.  I needed to change my way of thinking.  I kept hearing whispers of, Spiritual Director, Spiritual Director, Spiritual Director. 
Really?  Where am I going to get one of these?
I searched the web, read other devout Catholic blogs searched the word Spiritual Director in  Jennifer Fulwiler's blog and found a great article about getting oneKristen had one, I guess I'm not totally crazy.  Well, I'm sure some people would debate that, after all,  I'm pretty sure some close to me probably call me a crazy Bible Thumper and that's pure crazy.
About this same time, Fall 2009, our oldest son started pre-school at a Catholic school.  My husband, McGuyver, and I were starting to think about joining the school church.  This school is where we hope that our kids will attend school until they graduate, so attending the parish seemed like the right thing. 
It was hard to leave our friends at the old parish, my Bible study groups, all our kids were baptized there, McGuyver made all his childhood sacraments there, his Mom's funeral was there and his Dad was still there.  But in the end we decided to make the change for our kids as the school parish would be the place they would grow up in and make their sacraments.
The parish we were to join had a wonderful, devout young priest that we knew everybody loved.  With my husband's permission, I called him to ask him if he could recommend somebody for Spiritual Direction.  (This was so crazy, what in the world was I, this once Harley riding, party chick, etc. woman doing?).  The priest said he could.  Wow.  Here we go.  He asked if I was looking for spiritual direction over a least a six month period of time or did I need council over something specific.  I indicated that I was looking for something more long term to learn how to make better decisions, no specific issue, except uh, me
That's how spiritual direction started.  One nervous phone call.  Another yes.
I've been seeing Fr Tony for spiritual direction for two years.  I have no doubt that God works through, him for me and for my family.

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
I will council you with my eye upon you. ~ Psalm 32:8

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cirlce of Friends

A short time after I made the biggest longest confession of my entire life (literally of my entire life), I met one of my neighbors at a town festival.  I was pretty certain this pregnant woman was at stay at home Mom (toys in the yard, during the day), and Catholic (number of kids & Miraculous Medal) and I was pretty sure I was to meet her.  
We were packed wall to wall in a small city office room with delighted kids who were about to receive a prize from the parade they were just in.  My husband and I help her get her five kids their prizes and we small talked. 
Shortly after that meeting we became friends on facebook (facebook, you are good for some things) and schedule a play date.  The kids and I went to her house for the first of many play dates.  It was a beautiful summer day and we talked about being mom's and a little bit about faith & Jesus & His Blessed Mother.  Nothing heavy.  But one thing I remember is bringing up was a book I had read a few months before called, A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot.  I read the book and wondered if by odd chance she had ever read it.  SHE HAD!  I couldn't believe it.  That was the point to which I knew she had things to show me.
Since that day we've spent many afternoons together, rides to Mother's Groups, a mini-retreat to Our Lady of Good Help, dinners, lunches, and coffee talking about our love of Jesus, His Blessed Mother, Saints, books, our families, our parenting, our church and just how wonderful life is.  She's helped me sort through my journey and has taught me many wonderful things.
I truly think God placed Kristen in my life at exactly the time I needed a friend and example of a faithful, devout, Catholic, Christian woman.  Hindsight tells me that God was continuing His work from my "Yes" or my "Deal".  Thanks be to God!

 I took this photo at Our Lady of Good Help

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”  ~ C.S. Lewis
I also like this quote but instead of fire I think I'd say with a cup of coffee.

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” ~ C.S. Lewis
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