Family life is called to be holy life. Married, husband and wife answer the call to holiness differently than priests and religious. While there is well over 2,000 years of wisdom and teaching the path to holiness for priests and religious, very little exists for married folks.
Yet family life is inherently different than celibate life — as it should be. Still, married men and women hunger for holiness just as much, while simultaneously have little guidance and teaching in how to “run toward Christ,” as Saint Benedict put it, amidst diapers, dishes, wage earning, and teenage angst.
Here is a slightly shorter version for reading aloud with your children.
This is the story our family uses as the foundation for all our conversations of how we strive and struggle to live our faith in the challenges of every day family life and chaos. What does family reconciliation look like? How do we talk about the effect of sin on us? The effect of choosing virtue over sin? It’s all here, we just have to unwrap it.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 for Roman Catholic Homeschool Group
Intro overview: we're going to cover a lot of territory. An introduction to a variety of disciplines that incorporate beautifully into family life, but starting off with one or two is probably the best way to go.
Single note responsorial chant: intro.
Oh! What waves life tosses my way! What waves compass me about! I gasp for air amidst the fomenting spray! Lungs demand breath, get naught but spume! Abandoned! Labyrinth of swell upon swell breaks over my head. From the front, from the side, vortex cacophony!
“Lord! Save me!”
Are you struggling in your marriage? Wondering how in the world one man and one woman can be with each other for life? Perhaps you are struggling for the simple reason that you aren’t aiming high enough. Do you hunger for something greater in your marriage? Then strive to live up to your marriage! Prayer for Humble obedience to God.
Let’s take it step by step on what it means to be in a Catholic Sacramental Marriage.
The entire back wall of Seared Wings brewpub came to life, showing the big event unfolding “above.” The camera swooped over a vast and wild landscape before majestically soaring over a ridge to reveal an expansive valley below.
Char Skull hunched lazily over the flaming wooden bar, scratched his head and asked in lament, “Why don’t we ever get any home field advantage?”
“End the rebellion within our hearts…” — from Laud’s Intercessions for today, March 18, 2016
The best rebellion takes place beneath notice. How can I see the rebellion in my heart? How can I see what I cannot see? The key is found in the next half of the petition: “make us generous and willing to share.”
Eliminate everything that isn't simple. Satan hides in false complexity and genuine complexity is rather intricate in detail but practical application of simple concept and principle. Thus, all complexity hides Satan, who should be rooted out by the upheaval of simplifying the artificially complex.
Eliminate the Complex . What remains matters. What remains is essential. What remains has room and grows, breathes, and ascends to it's proper place. For sin is simply placing the wrong thing ahead of the right thing. A lesser good ahead of a better good. Discover the Best Good through simplicity, by stripping things bare and discovering what is essential.