Prayer for a Christian Atmosphere in the Home March 7, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Lent, reading, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
Another helpful gem from Father’s Manual by Fr. A. Coomes, SJ. Raising a family has always been hard, but with our kids exposed to more temptations and diabolical interference than perhaps any time in history, it is especially vital to maintain the home as a literal domestic church, full of virtue and with clearly marked lines drawn around every possible vice. I am better at explaining this than I am living it! We are all fallen creatures and almost all of us have been damaged by detritus we have picked up from the sewer in which we were raised and have been forced to live all of our lives. That’s not a commentary on anyone’s particular home life, least of all my own (though far more substantial problems can result from less than ideal upbringings, certainly), but simply a recognition of reality . I wasn’t Catholic as a child or young person, I was very secular and accepted without question most of what the world told me – how much of that do I hold onto today? How many bad habits or ideas do I have of which I am unaware?
You get the point. I thought this was good, hopefully you will, too (pp. 43-6):
Lord Jesus Christ, You are the way and the truth and the life; and it is by following You that we willmost surely find the way to our Father in Heaven.
Help me, instructed by You and Your example, to create a truly Christian atmosphere in my home.
May there be in all things a deep and true family life in our home, and a family life patterned after the Holy Family at Nazareth.
May You always be a guest at our activities, our conversations, our recreations – in a home that is truly and meaningfully centered around You.
May Your picture and that of Your Mother on our walls be treasured reminders of Your love for us and a token of our love for You.
May the Holy Bible, and other books and literature that tell us of You, lead us to a closer knowledge of You,a nd be welcomed and read by every member of the family.
May the thoughts expressed in our home be uncomplaining – at one with Your thoughts and those of Your Holy Church.
May there be a deep respect for all things holy, and may my children learn from me and from their mother a love of family prayer and of the Sacraments.
May charity of speech reign in our home.
Instill in use a tolerance of our neighbors that will be free from all littleness – and free from all prejudice.
May our ways be ever gracious in imitation of Your own; and may we show a special regard for the aged, the underprivileged, the handicapped, the infirm.
And, in all the things that I expect of my children and that I want to characterize our home, let me ever be a convincing example. May my words be always words that I may invite You to utter with me; my thoughts always thoughts that I may ask You to think with me; the feelings I make my own ever be feelings I may ask You to entertain with me; may the interpretations and judgments I make be such that I may expect You to share them with me.
So in all things may I, together with my family, be so directed by the inspirations of Your Grace that we may be completely one in You.
Perhaps striving to improve the tranquility, virtue, and piety of your home life could be a (admittedly slightly tardy) part of your Lenten program? It is for me.
The best way to fix this fallen culture is one family at a time.