Posted by: vftmom247 | 2013/09/04

Sisters helping sisters

I am so happy and blessed this fall day For many reasons, but one of the big reasons is the first meeting of the Catholic Women of the Chapel group (CWOC). This is a group of Catholic women, mostly either military wives or civilians in the military world. Women come physically in and out of the group due to military moves, but thanks to Facebook, etc. they’re there still in spirit.

The personalities are diverse, as is the level of spirituality and knowledge of the Church. We are all striving to deepen our faith, I think, and for me, it is a Godsend, or maybe a Marysend. We have Mass in English every week, which is great, because otherwise my English Mass responses tend to turn into “Deutschlish” these days. I get some time with women who share my American background, who get my cultural touchstones; the importance of Sesame Street, barbecue, Nora Roberts, good peanut butter, and who just know what it means to be an American in the middle of Europe.

For me, these women are my accountability checks, too. They challenge me to go deeper in my faith, to ponder what makes the Catholic Church the beautiful thing it is. The books we read make me more likely to pick a Kindle book with a little more density than Nora Roberts or Janet Evanovich ( tho chick-lit will always be there too). The questions those new to reflecting on the Faith bring make me look at things in a new light, the cradle Catholics among us provide theological bedrock that challenges me to add a layer to my own bedrock. It’s an enlightening, challenging, soul-sustaining, comradely friendship.

More than that, after the first month, we form a support system for each other. We’re sisters in the best, most-supportive-without-enabling way. We got each other’s backs. We cry, laugh, argue, tease, and hug together. And this is truly a blessed thing.

If you don’t have a group of women friends who act as a support group for you – find one. If you already have a group like this…..appreciate the heck out of them. I am very thankful for mine.

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