As the Gospel wrapped up, we took our seats and waited with bated breath for the homily to begin. It was the first Sunday after the latest round of news broke, pulling the curtain back once again on a shockingly evil secret within our Church. We sat on the edge of the pew waiting for our parish priest to say something, anything, to help us make some sense of the mess our Church found itself in, and yet to our amazement the topic wasn’t even addressed. There was no disgust, no outrage, no path forward out of the darkness.
We’ve seen how the scandal has drawn people away from the faith. As parents, we worried about the impact on our young children, and it made us think about why we remain Catholic. The answer lies in the way we saw adults in our lives live out their faith when we were young and impressionable, like our kids are today—the example of our mother working to help the poor, our father praying the Rosary with us, and our grandmother bringing communion to the sick.
We quickly realized the path forward out of today’s darkness started with us. We long for our kids not only to grow up in the faith, but to continue to live out that faith as adults. It became clear that we needed to shift our focus toward boldly living our faith at home, toward answering the universal call for holiness within our family life, toward building our domestic church into the vehicle keeping us on the narrow road. We knew we needed to make the conscious decision to fearlessly live the life Christ calls us to live. For us, that means giving our children visible examples of how to live a holy life, engaging in frequent family prayer, involving our entire family in the corporal works of mercy, building community with other Catholic families within our reach both in real life and online, and so much more.
Our identity as Catholics blossoms in the home.
Today, as we look at the living room wall above our home altar, adorned with framed pictures of various saints, we’re reminded of a quote from one of those saints, Servant of God Dorothy Day: “It is the saints that keep appearing all through history who keep things going.”
We each need to become one of those saints. There is still a lot of work to be done in the Church and around the world, but the work starts in our homes.
by Karen and Tommy Tighe, authors of Catholic Funny Fill-Ins, releasing March 19, 2019. Available now for pre-order at the sale price $6.00.
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