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The following is the Part 3 of 4 installments of an article entitled: In the School of Nazareth - As they lead their own domestic churches, Christian parents can learn from the example of the Holy Family.
"The habit of prayer is first received and cultivated in the family. Even the Son of God learned how to pray in the context of a family. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, 'The Son of God who became Son of the Virgin learned to pray in his human heart. He learns to pray from his mother, who kept all the great things the Almighty had done and treasured them in her heart'” "(2599).
Following the example of Mary, and petitioning her aid, Christian parents can hand on the memory of all that God has done for them. If each meal begins with a prayer of thanksgiving, if their family prays together each evening — perhaps a rosary, or a reading from Scripture — children will learn the habit of prayer and begin their journey toward heaven".
"Prayer within the home is ordered to the center of Christian life, holy Mass. One of the most important tasks of the family as the domestic church is to honor Sunday as a day of rest and worship. Maria Augusta von Trapp, whose story is known from The Sound of Music, wrote about a young couple who visited Russia under communist rule: 'Of all the things they had seen and observed, one experience had most deeply impressed them: that Russia had done away with Sunday. This had shocked them even more than what they saw of Siberian concentration camps or of the misery and hardship in cities and country. The absence of Sunday seemed to be the root of all the evil.'”
"In our fast-paced and hyper-commercialized culture, we run the risk of creating our own version of 'a world without Sunday'. Parents can take small steps to remind their children and the larger society that this day is set aside to honor God. In addition to attending Mass together, families can take time each Sunday to enjoy God’s creation. Perhaps this means unplugging from the internet, playing games together as a family, or opening our homes to host other families in fellowship. If our families have the courage to keep the Sabbath, we will be actively affecting the world around us, changing it one Sunday at a time."
This article was written by Nicholas and Maruška Healy (parents of seven children - the family lives in Maryland) and it appeared in the KofC on-line Columbia Magazine. The final installment will appear in our next issue. You can link to it via one of the following sites. Also, find more about the Knights of Columbus at IWKnights9981.com/bulletin or in facebook.com/IWknights9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights.
Links Related to this week’s column:
In the School of Nazareth As they lead their own domestic churches, Christian parents can learn from the example of the Holy Family. By Nicholas and Maruška Healy - Columbia Magazine (12/1/2020) Click here for Article
Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic A Novena which seeks Our Lady’s Intercession for Protection in Time of Pandemic By His Holiness, Pope Francis (3/2020) A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC (PDF Version) Click here for the Prayer
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