“Just Talk” by Alice Smith in an interview with Sadie Brown

photo-1415226181422-279a51ca056eWhat is it about me, Lord, that scratches my soul, tenses my shoulders and lets me fall asleep with clenched hands? I’m in my early 60s, single and have what’s expected for a woman my age—a college education, a supportive family, nice physical features and some income. My bi-polar disease is well controlled—so why am I not happy?

After four years as a house assistant in Winnetka, Illinois, I returned to Virginia to live in a rent-subsidized retirement home with my aging parents, and to face the truth about my happiness. Oh, my God! Is a rent-subsidized apartment my future? Surrounded by statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and committed to following my faith, I attend daily Mass and pray the rosary morning, noon and night with my parents. My quest was to get an answer through faith to the question, “How can I be happy?”

Father Antoine said, ‘Be sure to make an appointment with me. I will be your confessor.’

The parish priest extended comforting words and included me in conversation with the locals who belonged to the Daily Blessings and Getting to Heaven Club.

I try to get a little extra attention from priests when I can. They are holy, and I want some of that holiness. And, I admit, they are men, and I want some of that special attention. There’s no doubt in my mind that this priest could see the whole picture: the new woman on the scene comes to Mass every day with her aging parents, is single and is a little too friendly…

If you would like to read Sadie’s full story, please click here for information on how to do so.

Note from Alice: “Couples Culture” implies how today’s society honestly judges a person, especially a single woman. It’s not easy being single. When God’s plan is to keep someone single, the road to salvation via the highways of earth can be a heavy burden. Or is it the way to heaven? In this story, Sadie finds her solace through a retreat. When I hear someone say, “I need to get away. I need a retreat,” I imagine a banquet in that person’s honor. At her banquet retreat, Sadie ate soup and bread but reaped the equivalent of lobster and prime rib.

Biblical Reference: So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Hebrews 6: 1 (NLT)

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