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MY OTHER MOTHER – THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT KNOW ME KNOW THAT I AM A CONVERT TO THE CATHOLIC FAITH, FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON’T, THIS STORY HONORS MY OTHER MOTHER.


AFTER ALMOST 20 YEARS OF MARRIAGE (INTO A LARGE CATHOLIC FAMILY) AND ABOUT 11 YEARS AS A MEMBER OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH I DECIDED IT WAS IN MY HEART TO TAKE THAT STEP AND BECOME CATHOLIC. IT SEEMED LIKE I WAS ON A MISSION. I WAS TIRED OF ATTENDING A CHURCH WHERE I COULD NOT PARTICIPATE. WHEN I GOT HOME FROM MY FIRST MEETING WITH BILL BOBOWICZ AND INFORMED MY HUSBAND THAT WE BOTH HAD TO GO THROUGH THE ANNULMENT PROCESS, MY HUSBAND SAID “I’LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES”.

SO WE STARTED THE ANNULMENT PROCESS AND I BECAME A MEMBER OF THE RCIA. YOU NEED A SPONSOR WHEN YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE RCIA, SO I WAS PAIRED UP WITH MY OTHER MOTHER. A WOMAN THAT FREELY GAVE OF HER TIME TO BE WITH ME ON MY JOURNEY TO BECOMING CATHOLIC. WE EXCHANGED PHONE NUMBERS AND SHE TOLD ME TO CALL HER ANY TIME, NO QUESTION WOULD BE UNANSWERED. AS I CONTINUED ON MY JOURNEY MY OTHER MOTHER WAS WITH ME AS MY FRIEND, CONFIDENT AND ADVISOR. WHEN THE ANNULMENTS CAME THROUGH WE WERE DOWN TO THE WIRE.  FATHER TONY REMARRIED MY HUSBAND AND I IN THE CHAPEL A WEEK BEFORE EASTER VIGIL, WITH MY OTHER MOTHER IN ATTENDANCE. 

YEARS HAVE PASSED AND MY OTHER MOTHER HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ME LOVING ME UNCONDITIONALLY. WHEN MY FATHER-IN-LAW AND MOTHER-IN-LAW PASSED AWAY WITHIN SIX WEEKS OF EACH OTHER, I CRIED TO MY OTHER MOTHER AND SAID “WHY”? SHE REMINDED ME OF THE PRAYER WE PRAY EVERY DAY………THY WILL BE DONE. MY OTHER MOTHER IS THE ONE THAT GOT ME INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH AS A EUCHARISTIC MINISTER. IT IS MY HONOR TO BE ABLE TO DISTRIBUTE THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST THAT I SO LONG HUNGERED FOR.

 SO I WANT TO THANK GOD FOR SENDING INTO MY LIFE MY OTHER MOTHER, MY FRIEND - GENNY TANKERSLEY.

- Denise Post