About my past …
I was raised in the Midwest in a loving Catholic family. I met my husband when I was seventeen and married at age nineteen. We have been married for forty years and have one adult son. My husband was an officer in the U.S. Army and (we) retired fifteen years ago. After twenty-five years of living throughout the U.S. and abroad, I thought he would retire in Washington, D.C. with a “cushy” desk job working for the Federal Government and our days of moving about would become a distant memory but the Lord had other plans for us. In six years I sold four houses, and in the past ten years I’ve lived in six different states! It seems as though we move more frequently now than during our years in the military. Even as I write this I feel our globetrotting adventures are not quite over!
There is a beautiful expression “bloom where you’re planted” attributed to St. Frances de Sales that would best describe my life as a military spouse. I discovered the spiritual gifts that God had given me and I enjoyed sharing my time and talents with others. I was involved with the MCCW (Military Council of Catholic Women) which “reflects a visible presence of Christ in military communities by fostering and nourishing women in spirituality, leadership and service.” I began leading the rosary before First Friday Mass and through the years I continued to be involved at the local level in different ministries such as bible studies, prayer/rosary groups, pro-life groups and charity fundraisers for the local community.
It was a privilege for me to volunteer at the “Gift of Hope” hospice which Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity opened in Baltimore, MD. The sisters were a beautiful example of God’s love and compassion that made a deep and lasting impression in my heart.
I was a CCD teacher for fourteen years sharing my faith with 2nd graders. I taught 2nd grade specifically because of my love for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. I continued to learn about the Catholic faith by attending catechesis classes. But then the day came when I knew it was time to put down those crayons and scissors with my 2nd graders and to help someone who had helped me all of my life. In 2001, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Although the experience was almost heartbreaking there were many moments filled with joy and lots of laughter, too. And I discovered yet another gift –
About my present …
I volunteer at a local nursing home praying, singing and enjoying conversation with the residents. The tears and sorrows that life brings have been replaced with gratitude and a greater appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. As I pray the rosary with those who are struggling with memory loss I sense my mom is near and smiling
at me with love.
During the warmer months I enjoy being outdoors in the garden with my 2 cats close-by and sitting in a comfy chair, reading a good book with a cat sleeping on my lap in the winter.
My husband and I enjoy cooking together and we spend our weekends preparing some “gourmet masterpiece” or at least that’s what I consider them to be. We still
love to make each other laugh. And wherever we are living we enjoy entertaining our family and friends in our home.
Every day is a gift from God and my life is filled with many blessings.
~ Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever ~
Margaret M. Dvorak