I am shocked. I go on retreat and I cpme back to so much having happened in a short space of time. First I missed your birthday so Happy Belated Birthday Pat.
You are truly an inspiring and amazing woman and gorgeous to boot. It is simply mind boggling that you are single and this may be indicative of a bigger problem with committment in Catholic males than we were aware of. Quite simply shocking is the only thing that I can say and downright shameful.
Per your leaving here, you will be sorely missed by myself and many others. This is a HUGE loss for CM as you have often been the voice of reason and wisdom in these fora. Your impact has been felt by many and you have touched and changed many lives including mine. Thanks for always being willing to listen, help and advise. IMO CM should be trying to convince you to stay here and give you and honorary membership. I however respect your decision but selfishly hope that you may one day change your mind.
Per your feeling like you have not done much I will share something that Fr. Marty just shared with me today to share with someone else that I care about who is feeling like they have not accomplished as much as they would have liked to. It is a paraphrased quote from St. Josemaria.
It is often easy for us when looking back or examining our lives to see the failures and shortcomings and to even see many zeros in the scoring column. However when we notice God in front of us and recognize Him as the one (1) that we and therefore our deeds (zeros) follow and the one (1) who has led us precisely down that path, what a big number it now makes.
St Joemaria Escriva.
Good luck wonderful Pat and I do hope that you do stay in touch. We need to know how each other's story ends.