It is important to equip our children with a strong faith as they grow. We can do that at home through liturgical living, by creating a domestic church. (Please welcome guest writer Christy Jacob from Homeschooling In Progress).In the still of the night, with a hint of muffled conversation down the hall, I reclined in the hospital bed, gazing at my firstborn through fatigue-laden eyes. I pondered her future as she peacefully nursed in my arms. Would she become a teacher, a nurse, an Olympic soccer star? Would she marry and have children of her own someday? As I dreamed about the kind of woman my daughter would become, I never had to contemplate her faith. I knew we would have her baptized Catholic. But I had not grasped at the time the challenge ahead of me to keep her living her faith throughout life. As she-and our family size-grew, I realized the extreme importance of teaching my children from a young age to love and live their faith, to make it a natural part of themselves. But we can’t just baptize our children and call it a day, crossing it off our to-do list of parenthood. In contrast, as parents, we should be a daily example of living the faith. Our children look to us to help them understand the world and their place in it. How can we show them the importance of their faith, to encourage them to continue to practice it into adulthood? We create a domestic church.
5 Secrets to Liturgical Living in Your Domestic Church
- Start small to create your domestic church.
- Be authentic to your family’s interests and personalities.
- Make your own family traditions.
- Don’t be afraid to change traditions.
- Be intentional when incorporating liturgical living in your home.