Firstly, I pray this post reaches you and your family in good health. These are overwhelming times we are in right now, but God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. My mom often says to me, “We may not know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future.” Amen!
If you follow my sister’s blog over at The Holy Nest, you will have heard her use the phrase Domestic Church. In her post Seven Essentials for Building a Domestic Church, she says about the concept, “It’s an ancient phrase resurrected by the Second Vatican Council which refers to the Christian family. Specifically, it refers to a Christian family that teaches, learns, and lives out their faith in the context of everyday life. The Catechism describes the domestic church as ‘a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.’ The Christian family/domestic church is of vital importance in the Church and to the transformation of the greater culture in which we live.”
Most of us, if not all of us, are facing an unprecedented situation where our church services and activities are cancelled. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know many Catholics are truly heartbroken to be denied access to Jesus in the Eucharist. It is also hard not knowing if we will be able to attend Triduum and/or Easter services. Easter is the most JOYFUL and IMPORTANT celebration of the Christian faith and it is to be expected that the Body of Christ would be saddened by the thought of missing Easter services! But services or no services, Easter will still go on in our hearts, because we are an Easter people!
I’ve been thinking this week what my family can do to live out the domestic church in such a time of distancing from the Body of Christ. We can’t go to Mass/Service on Sunday, so what can we do at home to worship Jesus and live out our faith? For me personally, I know that I need to practice being intentional in this area or it will easily fall to the wayside. The Holy Nest says “Although every Christian family images the love of the Trinity (in a distant, but still real, way), families are still made up of unique individuals, so it makes sense that each family is unique as well.” I encourage you to think about what works for your family and add those things to your daily schedule!
Some ideas I’m considering are:
1) Consistently waking up early for daily quiet time
2) Reading to Lily from her Bible Stories book
3) Praying the Rosary
4) Getting outside, seeing God in Creation, and fostering a love for beauty (The Holy Nest)
5) Sunday Morning Mass readings and talking about the Gospel
Also, Pope Francis has made a call for Catholics all over the world to pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary today, the Feast of St. Joseph, at 9pm Rome time. (4pm EST/1pm PST) I would invite Catholics to answer that call, and also invite our non-Catholic Christian brothers and sisters to join us in prayer at the same time today. Let us unite the Body of Christ in prayer for an end to this global pandemic.
My love to you all and may the peace of Christ which passes all understanding keep our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. ❤
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. ~John 14:27