“The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability, and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security, and fraternity within society. The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society.” (CCC 2207)
(CCC is an abbreviation for the Catechism of the Catholic Church and can be found online for free here: https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM)
Due to the quarantine, we participated in Mass from home with Fr. Mike:
I didn’t take any photos during Mass, because I didn’t want to be distracted or less present. But we actively participated—praying, listening, responding, sitting, standing, kneeling. (Our one year old was as “busy” as usual and our three year old was “busier” than usual, but such is the nature of the domestic church.)
“‘The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason it can and should be called a domestic church.’ It is a community of faith, hope, and charity; it assumes singular importance in the Church, as is evident in the New Testament.” CCC 2204).
“The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children it reflects the Father’s work of creation. It is called to partake of the prayer and sacrifice of Christ. Daily prayer and the reading of the Word of God strengthen it in charity. The Christian family has an evangelizing and missionary task.” (CCC 2205)
You can find the readings for Mass here: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032220.cfm
Petition and praise God together to sanctify your home and your family. #sharethelight.
Brothers and sisters:
You were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light,
for light produces every kind of goodness
and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness;
rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention
the things done by them in secret;
but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for everything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore, it says:
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
Verse Before The GospelJN 8:12
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.