Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Did Zlie Martin Ever Get MAD at her saintly daughter??

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I know St. Theresa was not a saint when she was a child.  I realize through God's grace and her obedience she gave her whole life to our Lord...and became a saint after much trial and suffering.

But this morning as I sit here STEAMING mad at a few people I live with I have to wonder if Saints moms ever got STEAMING mad...

Did Zlie Martin ever have St. Theresa roll her eyes at her and Zlie loose it...It's not unthinkable to imagine a teenager getting snippy with any mother, right?  Even if that mother was NOT in the least deserving....

I can take eye rolling, sometimes...ignore it, and after much work I can even sometimes laugh at the ridiculous reaction....but every now and again I get so MAD at the whole ordeal..  

And the Catholic me is at war with the angry me....

"Peace and patience"....NO!!  I'm too mad.

"Mercy and forgiveness".......NO!! I'm too MAD.

"Be a good example and don't do the mother equivalent to eye rolling"...NO!!  I'm too MAD.


I would like to have that catholic part of me come out quicker when I am getting frustrated but unfortunately the MAD part has no problem RUSHING to the surface.

And without Zlie would there have been a St. Theresa?

Did St. Theresa roll her eyes?

Did her mother react?




5 comments:

  1. Just the other day, a friend of mine with a teen daughter and I were comparing notes on teenage girl behaviors. We ended up just laughing uproariously--they're all alike!!! "Just don't engage" is the best you can do. I only have one, you have a boat load (I do much better with boys which is why I'm sure the Lord gave me 3:1). I tell my sweet teen daughter, this too shall pass and until it does you better get to your room. See me when you're calm and can speak to me respectfully as my devoted daughter. :-) That space always helps both of us.

    Kathy

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    1. To hear that Sarah gets a little testy too makes me feel a bit more normal. I can't help but think that it is only my child, doing this only because I am not as wonderful as I can be...if I was only a better parent she would lovingly take my WISE direction???? So thank you for making me feel in great company.
      Lisa

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  2. I'm blanking on the title, but there is a short little book about the life of Zelie that is excellent! She died when St. Therese was 4, but from what it sounded like, Therese was absolute stinker and drove Zelie crazy at times! I have a daughter named Therese, and Zelie has become a good friend to me for that very reason. ;-) I love this post!!!!

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  3. I'm blanking on the title, but there is a short little book about the life of Zelie that is excellent! She died when St. Therese was 4, but from what it sounded like, Therese was absolute stinker and drove Zelie crazy at times! I have a daughter named Therese, and Zelie has become a good friend to me for that very reason. ;-) I love this post!!!!

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  4. This made me laugh! I had never thought about mom's of Saints! Made me feel better that "this too shall pass"....eventually.

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