On Errors and Irritations


This week was filled with stress, anxiety, and error messages. If you’re a regular visitor to CatholicMom.com, perhaps you felt my pain when a series of “500” messages greeted you as you attempted to visit this site. In the midst of Adam’s last week of school and helping Eric to pack (or rather, trying to get him to start packing) for his summer school in Russia, the website was plagued by demons. In other news, one of my personal online accounts — linked to my primary credit card — was hacked and fraudulently used for major purchases which were charged to my credit card.

My stress level hit its highest on Thursday afternoon a few hours before we were scheduled to leave to take Eric for his flight. You know those moments you have when you think, “Why me Lord, why today?” As I drove myself to a prescheduled dental appointment (yeah, that helped too…), I did what many of us do when we think things can’t get much worse. I called my mom. Yes, my kids were driving me nuts and life felt a bit out of control, so I telephoned the one person to whom I can always complain without any repercussions. She never judges, she never tells me to get over myself, she just listens — and loves.

Arriving in the dentist’s office, I glanced at the rack of popular magazines lining the wall next to me. There, spelled out across the glossy covers, were the woes of Arnold  Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, poor little Caylee Anthony, and our national economy and healthcare systems. Seeing the pictures reminded me to stop and to pray for all of those who have REAL problems that far exceed the small irritations I face in my own little world: the hungry, the homeless, the ill and those who have no faith and no support. A decade of the Rosary (another conversation with a Mother who loves unconditionally) helped me to settle the jagged edges and to greet the dental assistant with a smile (instead of the truth) when she asked how I was doing.

We all have those days — the ones where we’d prefer to hit “fast forward” and wake up refreshed and with it all worked out. You can likely replace your own set of irritations for my computer errors and hours lost to fraud investigations. But the truth is that each day is a gift. The good, the bad, and even the errors. The trick is in remembering to accept them all, to give thanks, and to simply do our best with the hand we’re dealt one baby step at a time. He knows, He cares, and He helps.

And a call to your mom never hurts…


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Oh Lisa! I am so behind on things online, but you are always in my prayers and now in a special way. Thanks for such a positive approach and the reminder to go to Mama Mary, who always loves us unconditionally! Big hugs fromme!

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