Inspiration Close to Home
Whenever I was feeling despair, whether I was afraid, looking for comfort, love, or security, I always tried to remember my favorite saint: my own mother. She had always managed to smile and give a kind word of support to soothe our doubts about ourselves, always taking time to listen and try to understand each of us. She was my perfect role model, who inspired me and exemplified how to live. Through her complete dependence on God, her love, joy, and faith had always shown through her smile and every word she spoke.
Mom never complained about anything; not about how hard it was to raise seventeen children, nor the difficulty of being married to a man who needed daily recognition as head of the family, something she respected and honored. She didn’t complain about wanting a larger house, or that she didn’t have enough money, or that she lacked enough nice clothes. She was a truly humble spirit who walked through her life in gratitude and made the best of whatever she had. Mom told us every day about how she prayed and always got the right answers from God. She had a calm assurance and never showed even an inkling of doubt when she spoke about these things; it was as if a higher Spirit spoke through her.
I tried to hold on to Mom’s example of humble submissiveness, which eventually became easier and brought me through many storms. This process is not very different from the obedience we are taught as children by our parents or guardians, our teachers or elders, and anyone else who guides us until we reach maturity. While we may not always agree with them, we honor them, and in time learn how wise they were.
Mom showed me that sometimes the only way we can reach and truly hear one another is by opening our hearts. In this sacred space inside us, we find God in His dwelling place; there, through His holy council, we are able to find true bliss. And only there can we be certain to find truth.
Causes Catherine Nagle Supports
Westwind Foster Family Agency, Christian Children's Fund, Compassion International, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Invisible Children, Save the Children