We all want what is best for our families, but what does that mean exactly? Experience tells us that without a clear vision or sense of purpose, we can become locked into the mindset of the masses, parenting like our friends are parenting or the way we were parented ourselves. We can parent more intentionally by reflecting on our family’s identity and mission: who are we as Catholics, what do we want for our families, and how do we get there?
Who are we? Our families possess a special identity as “the domestic church” which images the Universal Church in her mission to transform culture through hospitality, mercy, generosity, and delivering the Good News of Jesus Christ.
What is our mission? The domestic church is called to build a community of love which fosters true communion and connection. When we choose to create this kind of communion and connection in our families, we discover that joy, hope, and Christian perfection grow – not only in each of the family members individually but in the family as a mystical person. Others around us can’t help but look at our families and sigh, “Look at those Christians, how they love.” This is why John Paul II saw the family as crucial to the future of humanity: without strong, loving families, society will drift and suffer.
How do we fulfill our mission? My “7 Building Blocks to a Joyful Catholic Home“™ provide a clear framework for fulfilling our sacred mission as parents. The Building Blocks work together to build and maintain connection between parent and child, to foster a rich family faith and Christian identity, and to create the emotional atmosphere necessary for Christian communion and spiritual growth.