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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

Thursday, July 03, 2008

A Blueprint for Your Domestic Church

Since the early 1990’s, I have often referred to Bert Ghezzi’s book Keeping Your Kids Catholic. I did a serial discussion of this book when I first started blogging. (a link to this discussion is on the left side bar) While I still heartily recommend this book as a must-read for every parent, I have a new book to add to the list. I mentioned a few days ago that I was reading Catholicism & Society by Rev. Edward J. Hayes, et al. The more I read of this book the more I appreciate the very concrete, practical guidance it gives for building and strengthening the Domestic Church. Consider this:

Is your home a Catholic home? Do Jesus and Mary have an important place in your family? Consider the following checklist and decide:

Are morning and night prayers a daily occurrence in your home?
Do you say grace before and thanks to God after meals?
Do you say a family Rosary every night?
Do you carry a Rosary at all times?
Do you wear a religious medal or a scapular?
Do you read and discuss the Bible often?
Is your home dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
Is there a crucifix hanging in a prominent place?
Do you ask God’s help in the solution of family problems?
Do you have a sick-call set for Communion or Anointing of the Sick?
Do you attend church as a family?
Do you go to Confession regularly?
Do the children attend a Catholic school or Catholic religious instruction program?
Do you have religious instruction at home?
Are there Catholic periodicals in your home?
Do you have a crib at Christmas?
Do you send out cards that indicate Christmas is the birth of Christ?
Does Christmas mean the coming of Christ or a chance to get gifts?
Does Easter Sunday mean the resurrection of Christ or new clothes?
Do you ever invite lonesome or needy people into your home?
Do you ever provide a basket of food to a needy family, not just at Thanksgiving and
Christmas but during the rest of the year?


This is not an all-encompassing or exhaustive checklist. Every item is not a requirement set in stone. But do the items on this checklist fit the ambience of your home? Perhaps some of the items give you ideas for ways you can strengthen your family’s Catholic identity. Before you decide to do an extreme makeover of your Catholic family, keep in mind the principles of Pizza Dough Spirituality. Lasting change is accomplished with small incremental nudging changes. If you don’t say a family Rosary every night, can you say one decade every night? If not, can you say one Hail Mary every night? You decide what is a realistic step forward that you can accomplish. But don’t become complacent once this baby step is mastered. Take the next step. Make your home a true Domestic Church.

3 comments:

Jennifer F. said...

It's really helpful to have a sort of "checklist" like this that lists concrete actions we can take to make sure that our homes are Catholic homes. Thanks for sharing!

battfam said...

I have the book Keeping Your Kids Catholic by Bert Ghezzi. I had actually sort of forgotten about it. Thank you for reminding me. It is an incredible book, and it is always a good time to add something spiritual to your domestic church.

catechesisinthethirdmillennium said...

great entry.