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The home has been held to be an essential image in the phenomenology of the imagination, a concentration of the entire psyche, our first universe (4). The Catholic Family Life Symposium is co-sponsored by the Pastoral Solutions Institute, the OSV Institute, Holy Cross Family Ministries, and the McGrath Institute for Church Life. For each individual the family is the cradle of life and love where they are born and grow. But the family’s ways of being church are distinctive. What would he be like at sixteen? No matter what the scenario, letting go is a matter of reforming the heart that leads us deeper into the life of our God who is love. Our presider waited to continue while I walked the length of the side aisle and exited out the doors. Depending on the culture, family can be primarily understood in nuclear terms (meaning parents and their children), or in multigenerational and/or extended terms, where cousins and extended relatives have real influence over each other’s lives. You will accept the idea that home in some way represents (or should represent) a foundational experience of caring commu­nity. …whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, … To welcome a child is to recognize the surprising expansiveness of your own capacity to love and to confront the shattering truth of your own violence and self-centeredness. Jerome!) The sacrament was enacted to impress upon all of us present the full import of this ritual of welcome that was taking place. Busting common myths. Certainly, being inordinately attached to a family member because of the esteem or profit you think they will bring you, or because they are living out your unattained fantasies, is destructive. It gentles us. to have any real meaning. I climbed the crest of a hill and found myself in an old graveyard. Instead, the women returned to their families with the face and voice of Jesus burning in their hearts. This spirituality is revealed through the love of the family members, and is expressed by the caring and thoughtful acts taking place in our families day by day. A spirituality of marriage, therefore, is a way to help husbands and wives live out the vocation of marriage in light of faith. They spoke to their families about thedesire to follow this strange man. Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. [...], pp. Each individual story took on life as the day progressed. Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 2, 2020 / 03:00 pm MT ().-A new coalition seeks to promote the rights of hospital patients to have “reasonable” access to family and clergy during the pandemic. I will suggest that, according to sociological and demographic studies of the American family, you will describe the homes and families that are yours in a diversity of ways (1). Family is often a primary concern of Catholic life and wellbeing, both among lay Catholics and Church leaders. It also involves allowing your love for those with whom you are intimate to become transparent enough that the love of God can be seen through it. Ultimately, it is to welcome the unfolding mystery of an entire lifetime’s joys and pains as your own. Despite all this, most of you will also look to your home and family as a primary source of nurture and meaning. This unit includes children by blood, marriage, and/or adoption. We experience home as representing the American myth which in turn gives expression to our collective longings for a stable, caring environment and community. The family, as well as the individual, must experience this prophetic dimension of life to be authentically Christian. Any parent knows what it means to welcome a child. Our hearts must become like the heart of Jesus. As we live out our lives as members of families, the spirituality of each particular family emerges. (Again, depending on which end of the denominational spectrum you stand, you as individual may be presumed to have more or less responsibility for this process of restoration.) The family, for its part, must learn to trust the fact that it is a living and authoritative cell of the church. This beatitude, in the only way that I could grasp it, did not mean the kind of singleness or purity of heart that is narrow or excludes other loves. Anything to which a follower of Jesus is inordinately attached tends to be seen as a distraction from, or an obstruction to, the pure love of God. You don’t make a little space in your day or share a little concern and then wish the infant Godspeed. Letting go does not consist of ceasing to love, or detaching oneself from the affection one feels, but in loving more. The deep attachment to the child is nurtured and grows over the course of many years. And he genuinely heard my pain when I said that our church rarely looks to the model of the family when it speaks “welcoming”. The family is called to care for and empower each of its members, not simply for the sake of individual self-actualization, but also for the sake of the whole church and all of God’s creation. Perhaps church as “the professionals doing for the non-professionals” or church as “committees that direct programs,” or church as “fix-it shop for crises” or church as “social club” might give way to a renewed vision of Christian community. One of the central tenets of our Christian faith is that we are made in the image and likeness of Deity itself. We – parents, godparents and congregation – vowed to accept the responsibility for welcoming this child, for instructing him in the ways of faith and for being for him the church, the body of Christ. This kind of radical trust in an accompanying God is what allows us to let go. Each movement, each interaction, each act of service uncovers another facet of the spiritual life of our family. The family is the basic building block of society. Transfiguration10. It must know itself to be a community of persons tenderly fashioned by a loving creative hand, a community that tries to respond to that love by listening to the word that God speaks in Scripture, tradition, the experience of being together and through the person of Jesus Christ, a community that, by hearing, becomes the word of God spoken anew. It is considered the smallest until of the Christian community. The faithful, after all, are the church. Being family is a matter of hearts stretched and torn to love beyond our own selves. That is for you to do. but all of them were fidgety. Will you, God, really live with people on earth? Circles of care13. They had died one day apart. Still it is true that the twin disciplines of family are welcoming and letting go. He was welcomed home. Purity of heart, I found, was something I understood only intellectually. For when our hearts have been stretched to make a special place for that unique love, they do not shrink again when the loved one has left the nest or been taken away by the violence of death. Custody of the Mind. My impression, however, is that families do not often think of themselves as church. In the warm dark of the room, the two rhythms of our breathing punctuate the silence. Catherine had come to be known as a staritza or “Spirit-filled elder and guide in the Christian life” in her time, so there is much upon which we can meditate. A liminal state is a time of ritual power and danger between an old phase which is passing away and a new phase that has not yet come into being. Most of all I was angry that the whole notion of welcoming was so little understood in our church. They fail to name their most profound moments of shared memory-birth, death, sexual intimacy, estrangement, forgiveness, gathering, the daily struggles to be with and for each other – with words associated with religion or the spiri­tual life. Jesus’ followers were described as exemplary because when they were called they dropped their nets immediately and did not look back. Family Fully Alive, from the Knights of Columbus, helps families place God and the Catholic faith at the center of their lives. (It seemed a fair experiment since no one has bothered to record their stories for us.) Wendy M. Wright sets out to balance the traditional metaphor of the spiritual life as journey, pilgrimage and battle that was probably more tuned to celibate life with one she thinks more suited, for lay people and family life – the metaphor of home and dwelling. Its ways have only partly to do with the ways the Christian community has chiefly identified itself as church in the past: seeking God in the desert, in silence and solitude, in celibacy, in the free­dom of detachment or of voluntary poverty and in the consciousness of the transitory nature of human life. What school would he be going to? None of the children were exceptionally unruly. By Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. This book moves between one and the other in an intriguing originality that provides a very satisfying read. Friends of ours, he a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, had been expecting their fourth child just after we had given birth to our third. pp. By Deacon John Brasley / Catholic Courier    |    02.16.2011, The Diocese of Rochester In America 1868-1993. (CCC 1655) Jesus Himself points to the Communion of saints, not biological or hereditary bonds, as His true family in faith, saying, “Here are My mother and My brothers!” (Mt. Trees were bare, the air still and cold. Late the previous night we had received a phone call from my eighty-three-year-old mother-in-law who was to undergo emergency surgery the next day. They returned, knowing that the tender love they bore their children, spouses, parents and friends could never be effaced. The bonding does not go away even if the child leaves or dies. They are yours to identify. 2204). family spirituality. The love we share is an expression of our family spirituality. A time for wonder3. Before he was born, I did not know how I could ever let him in. Choose from news (Monday), leisure (Thursday) or worship (Saturday) — or get all three! Angry that it should be assumed that we were not trying our best to maintain a proper spirit of reverence. In the classic literature of Christian spirituality, the activity of this reformation comes under the rubric of “conquering the vices and acquiring the virtues.” Certain inner dispositions – the virtues – are seen to be the qualities of person that Jesus exemplified. The family’s ways of being church have as much to do with inhab­iting, with the co-penetration of bodies and hearts, with the dense fabric of human attachments, with busyness and business, with the labors of providing, with touching and being touched, with consciousness of the continuity and permanency of human existence. Where I heard this melody, 12. Most of your families are scarred to one degree or another by death, dis­ease, alcoholism, drug addiction, violence, spouse-battering, child abuse, lack of communication, quarreling between generations, quarreling with in-laws. Then all other loves were made transparent by that love. Letting go involves radical faith. But for many committed Christians detachment has meant, first of all, a refusal to attach deeply to any particular person (or ministry or idea for that matter). Nothing we do in our families is too small or too insignificant to be considered sacred or holy. God cannot find us in any place other than the one in which we find our­selves. The Catholic Center for Family Spirituality was designed to respond to the challenge of Pope John Paul II to create new institutes dedicated to the theological, pastoral and spiritual dimensions of family life. While the prophetic perspec­tive is deeply embedded in all facets of our faith, Passiontide and Easter are when we celebrate its fullest expanse. I sit on the edge of my son’s bed. His mother cradled and nursed him. At the same time that we usher in these almost archetypal images of home, we also recognize the current reality of our own homes and families. Between the foundation and the roof of the Christian home, in the lived tension between the mystical and prophetic calls, church community comes alive. You are oppressed by the pressures of succeeding or of simply getting by, overwhelmed with financial worry, seduced by a consumerist view of ultimate happiness, absent from one another’s lives because of the sheer number of commitments forced on you by jobs, schools, peer and collegial pressure, duty or the desire for some sort of personal enhancement (2). God never wanted us to live in isolation. Yes, they knew that in fact Jesus’ message was the one essential message that must be heard in order for all else (home, family, work, ete.) Our gentle and fierce Mother, moved by the weight of divine love, blesses the domestic church with an abundance of grace. The primary prayer of all Catholics is the Eucharistic liturgy in which they celebrate and share their faith together, in accord with Jesus' instruction: "Do this in memory of me. The child died on his third day of life. Yet there is not only practical wisdom within Nazareth Family Spirituality, but also a goldmine of spiritual and psychological wisdom. Rather, to be the domestic church means that the family, in the uniqueness of its way-of-being-in-the-world (as an inti­mate physical, psychological and spiritual entity) is an authentic community of believers. Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. To purchase this book online, go to www.darton-longman-todd.co.uk, Preface to the New EditionIntroduction: Turning Home, 1. Do you consider yourself to be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church? 212) The climate of affection that unites the family is also where we learn about truth and goodness. To welcome a child, to welcome any family member, is to love this way. Not all images of letting go are so gentle. It’s perfect for use in the classroom, in children’s liturgy and at home. And in the process she enlightens us on the virtues, challenges and opportunities for enrichment that that this “sacred dwelling” puts out to us to choose to grow into. There are a number of books on the topic of spiritual warfare many aimed directly at men or women. Why, the heavens and their own heavens cannot contain you. The family is the basic building block of society. Nor that every evil, even evil perpetrated on the innocent, is somehow “all in God’s plan.” But that somehow God’s presence is available to us even in the mysteries of human suffering and death. It’s described as the domestic church, or the church of the home, or the household of faith. think, the disciplines of welcoming and of letting go. This is that the “more” we sense we are called to is not only discovered to be hidden in whatever is – the “more” is also an arresting call to become other than what we are at present. What the members of the family know to be their own experience of the sacred in the particularities of marriage, sexual intimacy, procreation, parenting; the building, sustaining and decay of intimate rela­tionships; the struggles of providing, sheltering and feeding­ this experience is authentic and must be part of the knowl­edge of the gathered church. Angry that the very church which so recently was the gathering of a spirited community now should be more like a concert performance with strict rules of decorum. It was January and, though the day was clear, a stiff, frigid snow covered the ground. This is remarkably true of our Judeo-Christian legacy. A place of springs 14. We call spiritual exercises every way of preparing and disposing the soul to rid itself of all inordinate attachments, and after their removal, of seeking and finding the will of God in the disposition of our life for the salvation of our soul (1). In many ways this mystical dimension is the foundation of spirituality in the home. The sharp sound of frozen snow giving way under my feet punctuated the silence. Family Life and Spirituality – The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego Family Life and Spirituality The Office for Family Life and Spirituality is here to serve and support the families in our midst (The Domestic Church), along with the wider Family of Families (The Church). Then he began to fail. We all were together for a silent moment on this snowcrusted hill: those long-ago children whose futures had been clipped off so abruptly; my own children whose futures, in my mind at least, stretched into an open-ended expanse of years; the young retreatants and their parents letting them go to face the coming years; my husband and his mother journeying both closer and farther away from each other; the dead beneath my living feet. I couldn’t imagine going back in, but our car was blocked in the parking lot so there was nothing to do but wait miserably until mass was over. And I did not mean just our local parish but our whole church. The is-ness of things. But we also recognize that, in fact, this rarely occurs. Growing Up Catholic provides resources for parents in the faith formation of their children at home. Yes, this was the meaning of that beatitude for the women who followed Jesus. But they did not drop all and walk away. 224. We also experi­ence home on the level of religious consciousness as answer­ing our hearts’ cries for meaning and ultimacy -“home” is also “homecoming.”. Body of Christ5. It’s described as the domestic church, or the church of the home, or the household of faith. Listen to the cry and the prayer I make to you today. As I stand up to leave, I feel my heart, utterly self-contained a moment before, pulled out of my breast, stretched to span the widening distance between us. Marriage is sacramental because it is a sign of Christ’s … WelcomingOur son was baptized by immersion at the 10 am Sunday liturgy at our parish in Boston. Only we are not mirror images. Both philosophically and psychologically the concept of home has been explored as a powerful and primal image in which our deepest being is rooted. How deep was their trust in the God who alone would hold this little girl and boy from then on? Nothing we do in our families is too small or too insignificant to be considered sacred or holy. Moving across the threshold and through the rooms and furniture, even up to the attic and out the windows, she develops themes of homemaking, intimacy, gestating, nurturing, remembering, cultivating, harvesting. Male and female God created them 7. The entry of love into these women’s hearts had reshaped and enlarged their very capacity for it. Linking is encouraged, but republishing or redistributing, including by framing or similar means, without the publisher's prior written permission is prohibited. their initials – marking growth over time. They all share in the perception that there is a “more” about our lives that calls out for articulation and asks for a response. You will live in high-rises, apartment complexes, condominiums, farmhouses, tenement buildings, trailer courts, duplexes, hotels, rented rooms or in community with other families. It is easy as a Catholic parent to be sucked into a narrow vision of what it means to be a Catholic family: to identify a set of criteria or choices and idealize those characteristics as the only way to be a successful Catholic family. How much less this house that I have built…. And then they followed, hearts full, almost torn with the depth and richness of the loves they carried away with them (and to which they hoped to return with new zest). Again our associate pastor presided. The family needs to know itself as a people deeply blessed and deeply broken, a people who must celebrate the gift of life itself and the gift that is each individual life. (I later learned that the family opposite also escaped the church at the first moment possible.). Most of you find the fabric of your relationships stretched unbearably by the pull of contemporary life. Several weeks later we were present at the same morning liturgy, this time seated among the congregation in the right apse of the church. While our “real” homes may not always conform to our “ideal” homes, there is a profound relationship between the two. Many of you may be tempted to call up this culturally treasured image when the word family is mentioned. And that involves the reformation of the core of our beings, a radical expanding of the established contours of our hearts to include others in a permanent and life-altering way. This intuition, dug from and constructed in the stuff of creation itself, is that God’s own life can somehow be touched here and now, in the faces, places and events of our ordinary daily rounds. So I picked him up and headed for the back of the church. The Roman Catholic position is that the image of God is “wounded” or “tarnished” and that we, with God’s grace and our own efforts, can begin to “heal” or “cleanse” the lost image. Suddenly I became aware that there was silence from the pulpit. The spiritual life of the Christian family comes into being between this roof and this foundation, between the prophetic and mystical dimensions of our faith. By human choice (the Fall), the image of God in us is diminished or (in the thinking of some Christians) virtually effaced. I kept seeing the wives and children of these impetuous men standing at the doors of their fisherman’s huts watching husbands and fathers drop their nets and start off without a backward glance. After the reading of the Word my husband and I, our two daughters and the designated godparents came forward before the entire gathered community to celebrate the entry of this new Christian into our midst. I think this is not just an unfounded and culturally induced illusion (3). With each addition, the heart opens a little more. The central dynamic of each of our individual and collective lives must be to restore or receive again that lost image and likeness, to find our true identity. But this gap need not be uncreative. Yes, I was sure that one of the major ways this beatitude has been interpreted in our spiritual heritage is as a sort of single-focused quality of heart. In the circle of a mother’s arms8. A more sobering form of water flowed that day than had immersed my son on the day of baptism. “Home” for each of us is at the lived center of this creative tension. It began to snow. To welcome a child is to give priority to the unpredictability of another life, to tend it in sickness, no matter what you had otherwise planned, to allow your plans and dreams to be altered, even set aside, because of another’s need. “Well, if they’re going to throw you out, I’m not going to stay,” he announced. St. Ignatius of Loyola’s instructions at the beginning of his Spiritual Exercises are illustrative of this approach. The heart always remains molded by the shape of that love. God is indeed with us but not yet in fullness. (If outside of U.S. please select "Outside of U.S." at the bottom of the list and indicate Province, Country in comment box) OK Question Title * 2. The great and twin disciplines of the spiritual art of being family are, ! No two domestic churches are identical, but they all share in the intimacy of incarnate divinity and so present to the entire church and to the world the human face and vital activity of God’s own life. Our letting go of her, and her of us, was very much on my mind as I entered the retreat. Not too long ago, during an Ignatian retreat, I had the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of reflective time with the beatitudes. Our friends, whose faith came to the fore at this time, were struck. Our associate pastor, a talented liturgist, presided wonderfully over the event. Through those particular loves of friend, husband, parent, child, the vast and nurturing love of God could be seen. To enter the door of a home is to pass through a structure that evokes what anthropologists term a “liminal state,” a transitional passage between two phases in the life cycle. This one is particularly useful as it focuses on the family unit. The spiritual discipline of family life, I think, is to allow this re-creation of the heart to take place. Rarely are families given a language or a sense of the spiritual lessons to be culled from parenthood. The dead, whose lives had been played out a century ago, were encased in small mounds of snow that splintered beneath my feet. We know who we are because we know where we come from. The heart acquires a capacity to love a little differently, to respond in compassion to a new personality, to willingly participate in the drama of an unfolding life. During the afternoon break, I took a solitary walk on the grounds of the retreat center. Then we robed him in the white garments of his new life. You are stamped with the violence and the jaundiced view of human society that is reflected in the media. The second snowy image is of a February day in Cambridge several years ago. Parents and spouses are similarly invited to be contemplatives in action, rooting themselves ever deeper in the life of Christ so that they might bear fruit in the joys and struggles of family life. I thought of my own son, still so little. Family life, she says, is a paradoxical mixture of permanence and constant change. We as Christians celebrate this intuition at Christmas time: God is with us, God is born among us, Deity becomes enfleshed in blood and bone, the immensity of divine life is gestated in the human womb. In the purity of their hearts the disciples gave precedence to the one call they felt precluded any other concern. In the fine commentary I was reading during the retreat, purity of heart was described with reference to the biblical narratives about the calling of the disciples. I will give them a new heart and a new spirit.I will take the heart of stone from their bodiesand give them a heart of flesh instead….then they shall be my people and I will be their God. It is the primary family: mother, father, and children when possible. Yes, the women heard the radical nature of the call. The child was buried in the Catholic cemetery in Cambridge. So I decided to imagine how the women who followed Jesus might have responded to his invitation. I certainly did not want to imagine the men refusing to follow Jesus because they had families and jobs, but my meditation wouldn’t allow the scenario to be played out in the traditional “detachment” interpretation. The door is the narrow passage through which the family enters to reunite and through which the family passes when its wholeness fragments into discreet parts. This is not a simple matter. Carved on its uppermost curve was an infant lamb worn smooth by the passage of nearly one hundred winters. Moreover, the family unit is a community of persons where moral values are taught and the spiritual and cultural heritage of society are passed on. In most faiths home connotes a place of ultimate rest and comfort, of belonging and identity, of being with God. Our trust is in a God whose presence accompanies us in every facet of human experience, a God who celebrates, laughs, plays, weeps, wonders and is seared with pain just as we are. Among the beatitudes, purity, or singleness of heart, has for some time arrested my attention. In other words, church teaching and Christian witness must come directly, at least in part, from the lived experience of family. As I tried to focus imaginatively on these scenes of discipleship and to put myself into their frame of reference, I had the uneasy feeling that something was not included here. These are matters of the heart. Celibacy makes perfect sense in this context. My husband hurriedly canceled appointments and set out early in the morning to be with her. Families come in a variety of configurations: divorced or separated, widowed, single-parent stepparent, childless, blended, adoptive, multigenerational, aging. Nor, I think, should we be deterred from looking at our un idealized life-situations as potential windows through which to touch and be touched by God’s presence. But most of you will not be able to find yourselves reflected there. During the wait I realized I was not only embarrassed, I was angry. The roof and foundation of the Christian home. Called to consciousness of our own baptismal promises, sprinkled with the cleansing waters that flew from the tips of a fragrant green bough, we proceeded to undress our tiny infant and offer him, naked and squealing, to the waters of the baptismal fount. It is a book that digs deep and touches many a nerve. The first is of a day, not too long ago, when I was leading a retreat in rural Nebraska for a group of high school juniors from a Catholic boys’ school. Now. 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