For awhile now, I have had the inspiration to create a series of workshops that actually help people with the practical aspects of living as a “domestic church.” We all have the desire to be thriving domestic churches: schools of spiritual formation for our families and signs of life to a world hungry for the tangible Gospel message. But we have a lot of barriers and distractions in our lives that stand in the way of such a goal; some of these we voluntarily place there, and others force themselves upon us in this busy and hyper-mediated world.
Well, I’m excited to announce the first workshop in a series that I’ve branded “The Organized Domestic Church.” This is a local workshop — so if you know anyone in the Washington/Baltimore area who would be interested, please spread the word. I hope to see some of my local blog readers there and connect with you in person! Here are the details:
“Rightly Ordering the Urgent & the Important”
Sacred Heart Church (Bowie, MD) in Whitemarsh Hall
A thriving domestic church — your family home and life of faith — is central to the faith formation of you, your spouse, and your children. One of the most important elements of family faith life is prayer. Family prayer time is the space where everyone in the home learns how to enter into the prayers of the whole church, and through this family ritual little children are exposed to “the Church’s living memory” (CCC 2685).
Perhaps prayer time has not been part of your family life; it’s never to late to start. You may be a young family with little ones, and you want to establish a growing family prayer routine. Or, you may be a family with older children who aren’t used to corporate prayer. As with various spiritual disciplines of the domestic church, many people are a bit overwhelmed about where to begin. It is easy to look at all the possible expressions of family prayer time and do one of two things: give up completely or try to do everything. Continue reading “Prayer in Your Domestic Church”→
I grew up pretty familiar with faith apologetics. That doesn’t mean I was some wiz at it, able to recite Bible verses and creeds off the cuff or reference philosophical proofs for God on demand. But I understood the mandate to “be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). I participated in my share of debate, mock trial, and worldview camps (yes, I was a cool kid), and I learned some principal ways that Christians can defend their faith and make an argument for its truth to others. Continue reading “Conversion Memoir Entry #8: A Living Apologetic…the Domestic Church”→