The Catechism describes the family as a “domestic church” (ecclesia domestica), the first school of Christian life and a school for human enrichment. How can we excel in this school? How do we help our family members become holy? Brandon and Fr. Blake share tips from their own lives and from Fr. Blake’s ministry to young families.
It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children, and all members of the family exercise the priesthood of the baptized in a privileged way “by the reception of the sacraments, prayer and thanksgiving, the witness of a holy life, and self-denial and active charity.” Thus the home is the first school of Christian life and “a school for human enrichment.” Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous – even repeated – forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life.Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1657
- Catechism on “The Domestic Church” (paragraphs 1655-1658)
- The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life by Kendra Tierney
- Feast!: Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year by Daniel and Haley Stewart
- Saints artwork that the Vogt family commissioned for Burrowshire (artist was David Leiberg, [email protected])
- Fr. Blake – Wedding Booklet (PDF)
- Fr. Blake – Marriage Formation Program (Word Doc)