The Call of the Family
Today we enter into this beautiful time in the Church called the "Easter Octave." Eight days of celebration!!!
I would remember in the years before how this time would be so filled with joy and celebration. We would see family and friends, pray together, and just enjoy this amazing time together.
This year, we can all agree that it was very different. In our chats together, our CWG team would constantly try to lift each other up in the difficulties we faced during this time, but we all agreed how much we felt that emptiness.
I was reflecting on this time with my husband a few days ago and I admitted to him how there were many times when I just felt like I wanted to give up. What was the point of even trying to make it special in our home. Easter was guaranteed to be different this year and in my mind no matter how hard I would try, I always felt like it still wasn't the same or even close to being the same.
I prayed about this feeling a little more after our chat and God pulled my heart with this one reminder: "Sandra, remember that as a family your call is to become the Domestic Church."
I want to bring you ladies to our Catechism for a moment.
"Christ chose to be born and grown up in the bosom of the holy family of Joseph and Mary. The Church is nothing other than 'the family of God.' From the beginning, the core of the Church was often constituted by those who had become believers 'together with all [their] household.' When they were converted, they desired that 'their whole household' should also be saved. These families who became believers were islands of Christian life in an unbelieving world." (CCC1655 - see also 1655-1658 for more on the Domestic Church).
What caught my eye while reading that was the families who became believers were "island of Christian life in an unbelieving world." I don't know about you but this resonates so much with me in the times we are in now. This feeling of being this island in a world that has completely shut down, in a world where even the sacraments have been kept from us.
But I feel this is a perfect time and circumstance to remind ourselves why and how we are called to be the Domestic Church. Regardless what state in life we are in, we are all to be this within our own families. Christ chose the family for a reason, and it is through the family that our Church grows and becomes stronger. I always saw it as the core unit!
My dear ladies, I encourage you to pull out your Catechism today and turn to that section I quoted above about the Domestic Church. May that serve as an encouragement throughout this week to remember what it means that we are the family of God!