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November 24, 2017 The Christian Family:

Original Cell of Social Life


Volume 4, Issue 2

Vocation of the
Christian
Family: Domestic Church
Domestic
Church In our modern world (often hostile to religion), religious families are extremely important center
of living faith. They are domestic churches in which the parents are the first heralds of faith.
(Second Vatican Council)
Sanctuary of life
and faith
The home is the first school of the Christian life where we all learn to love, to forgive and to pray.
Privileged It is in the context of the family that we first learn who God is and to prayerfully seek His will for
Community of us. (Second Vatican Council)
life and love
In what might be regarded as the domestic church, the parents are to be the first preachers of
School of Prayer the faith for their children by word and example. (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen
and Virtues Gentium, #11)

True Center of The family is a place in which the gospel is transmitted and from which it extends. (n. 255;
Evangelization citation from Evangelii nuntiandi, n.71)

These words from the General Directory indicate that the family, if it is to be a true domestic
church, must embody and reflect the essence of the life of the Church overall. And three words
capture that essence: word, sacrament, and mission. (n. 255; citation from Evangelii nuntiandi,
n.71)
Individual
Highlights: Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen gentium) declares that parentsare the first
Domestic heralds of the faith with regard to their children. (LG,11)
Church 1
Single persons (often not married by force of circumstances) are close to Jesus heart. Some
Bible Verses 2 are without a human family. Christian families and the Church must open their doors to them.
The Church is a home and family for everyone. (Second Vatican Council)
The Art of a The family is defined as a domestic church, that is, in every Christian family the different
Good Marriage 2 aspects and functions of the life of the entire Church may be reflected: mission, catechesis,
witness, prayer, etc.
Sanctuary of
Life and Faith 3-4 In our ordinary experience, however, we live out our lives in the Church through word,
sacrament, and mission.
Bible Verses 2
The family is the most intimate experience of Church, the place where love, forgiveness, and
trust should be first encountered. This is the family Church whose member are called to embody
Christ in everyday life.

Ideally, a family would regularly read the Bible together, for example, a short selection before
the evening meal. Most often, however, the word is proclaimed much less formally by telling the
story of Jesus and Mary and the saints, as it is embedded and celebrated across the liturgical
year, for example, at Christmas time and in Holy Week.

Despite the informality of family life, parents can appropriately foster their familys contact with
Gods word through the deliberate and regular reminders about the word of God that they offer
to family members. This is the form of their proclamation of the word.
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Bible Verses
Exodus 20:12 Honor your Mark 10:6-9 But at the Ephesians 6:1-4 Children,
father and mother so that you beginning of creation God obey your parents in the Lord,
may live long in the land the made them male and female. for this is right. Honor your
Lord your God is giving you. For this reason, a man will father and motherwhich is
leave his father and mother the first commandment with a
Ephesians 5:22-25, 28 and be united to his wife, and promise so that it may go
Wives, submit to your own the two will become one flesh. well with you and that you
husbands, as to the Lord. For So, they are no longer two, may enjoy long life on the
the husband is the head of the but one flesh. Therefore, what earth. Fathers, do not
wife even as Christ is the God has joined together, let exasperate your children;
head of the church, his body, no one separate. instead, bring them up in the
and is himself its Savior. Now training and instruction of the
as the church submits to Psalm 103:17-18 But from Lord.
Christ, so also wives should everlasting to everlasting, the
submit in everything to their Lords love is with those who Joshua 24:15 But if serving
husbandsHusbands, love fear him, and his the Lord seems undesirable
your wives, as Christ loved righteousness with their to you, then choose for
the church and gave himself childrens children with yourselves this day whom you
up for herIn the same way those who keep his covenant will serve, whether the gods
husbands should love their and remember to obey his your ancestors served
wives as their own bodies. He precepts. beyond the Euphrates, or the
True Love is a sacred who loves his wife loves gods of the Amorites, in
himself. Proverbs 1:8-9 Listen, my whose land you are living. But
flame that burns
son, to your fathers as for me and my household,
eternally and none can 1 Timothy 5:8 Anyone who instruction and do not forsake we will serve the Lord.
dim its special glow or does not provide for their your mothers teaching. They
relatives, and especially for are a garland to grace your
change its destiny. head and a chain to adorn
their own household, has
denied the faith and is worse your neck.
than an unbeliever.

The Art of a Good Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson


"The little things are the big things. "It is speaking words of appreciation
It is never being too old to hold hands. and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo
It is never going to sleep angry. or the wife to have wings of an angel.

"It is never taking the other for granted; "It is not looking for perfection in each other.
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
it should continue through all the years. understanding and a sense of humor.

"It is having a mutual sense of values and common "It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
objectives. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can
It is standing together facing the world. grow.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
family. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

"It is doing things for each other, "It is establishing a relationship in which the
not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, independence is equal,
but in the spirit of joy. dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner,
it is being the right partner."
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Sanctuary of Life and Faith
The family is truly the sanctuary of life: the place St. Thomas Aquinas considered the ministry of
in which life the gift of God can be properly parents to their children to be equal to the
welcomed and protected against the many ministry of priests. Within the families, the
attacks to which is exposed, and can develop in parents have a priestly and sacred role, and the
accordance with what constitutes authentic family in turn is both sanctified by and sanctifies
human growth. Consequently, the role of the the Church (cf. Pope John Paul II, The Christian
family in building a culture of life is decisive and Family in the Modern World, nos. 38, 55) Just as
irreplaceable. the priests guard the sanctuary of the Church, so
parent guard the sanctuary of the home.
In The Gospel of Life, Pope John Paull II wrote,
the familyby its nature is called to be the The institution of marriage, one must not forget,
sanctuary of life (no. 11). This means that is not one designed by the will of the parties. The
adults, especially parents, have a mission in the parties enter into the institution by an act of self-
world. donation which certainly requires free will; but
they do not define the institution. The institution
Ephesians 3:14-15 gives is the first key to of marriage, like all of what is entirely dependent
understanding this mission. I bow my knee on God the Creator, the God who is the author
before the Father, from whom every family in of marriage and who endowed it with various
heaven and on earth is named. Scripture says benefits and purposes. (Compendium, No. 230)
that God is the original Family of Persons whose
life is love. He saves is by transforming us into a Every child born to a family is a benefit not only
family, His family. We imitate God, and God to his or her mother, father, brothers or sisters,
intends for us to participate in saving others in the but also to the entire community into which he or
same way He saves us. she is born. The family is the temple where the
flame of life is transmitted. It is a temple
Pope John Paul II continuously stresses the dedicated to the Lord of Life. The family is
importance of the family, even saying, the future naturally ordered to serve what John Paul II has
of the world and the Church passes through the called the Gospel of Life, the Evangelium Vitae.
family (The Christian Family in the Modern
World, no. 75). Fatherhood and motherhood represent a
responsibility which is not simply physical but
The Eucharist is the heart of all the sacraments, spiritual in nature. Through motherhood and
but Marriage is the form. Every sacrament gains fatherhood there passes the genealogy of the
its proper meaning only through a correct person, which has its beginning in God and which
understanding of marriage. Because the graces must lead back to him. (Compendium, No. 237)
of every sacrament come to us through Jesus
Bride, our Mother, the Catholic Church, the Motherhood and fatherhood must be exercised
Church is the source of all Christian faith and the responsibly, with full consideration of a proper
source of life. The Catholic family is essential to hierarchy of values. This means that married
the culture of life. Through the Church and the couples must be open to life. Granted,
sacraments, God enmeshes us in a web of family motherhood and fatherhood are not exercised in
support. He saves us through family precisely a vacuum. In making their decisions, couples are
because He is Family. If we are to live eternally entitled to consider the physical, economic,
with Him, we must understand this familial psychological, and social conditions which they
relationship and restore health and stability to the confront. These present the setting in which
family. responsible parenthood is practiced.
The practice of responsible procreation,
however, must be in conformity with moral law.
Some methods of responsible parenthood are to
be rejected outright, in all times, in all places.
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Sanctuary of Life and Faith (cont.)
The practice of responsible Anyone sensitive to a correct and
procreation, however, must be in integral understanding of the
conformity with moral law. Some person and of human sexuality
methods of responsible will recognize at once why and
parenthood are to be rejected how seriously artificial
outright, in all times, in all places. contraception offends against the
Violating them involves violating conjugal act and the natural moral
exceptionalness moral norms. law.
Sterilization, abortion, and any
form of artificial contraception are Responsible parenthood
to be rejected as means of demands the exercise not of all
responsible parenthood. They are options, but only of moral options.
True Love speaks in
intrinsically wrong. The moral decisions do not only
tender tones and hears
involve the decision to artificially
with gentle ear.
Pamphlet ends with a description avoid conception but also involve
of marriage as a grand calling, a the decision to promote
dramatic part of existence; conception. There is no absolute
Marriage is not just one choice right to children, and no desire to
among many in a persons life/ it be a mother or a father justifies
is not a mere contract with immoral means to conceive them.
another person, more or less
lasting, for an exchange of love
and good times.... Catholics hold
that marriage is a vocation, a
call. It is a way of life that offers
continual opportunities to be in
loving service to the other.

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