Thursday, February 6, 2014

Theme Thrusday: Church Windows

One of my favorite blogs House Unseen (actually it could be my favorite blog...but it's at least top 5) participates in a link up called Theme Thursday hosted by Cari at Clan Donaldson...and now I have started reading this blog and it's inching it's way up to my fave list.  Seriously, I wouldn't hate you if you stopped reading this all together to start reading these other two...soooo funny and soooo good!

Anyway, I thought I would give it a go. 

We go to church on a military installation. And when the chapel is not in use it must be stripped of any kind of religious artifacts.  So our church does not have beautiful stained glass windows that one would find at a civilian parish.  The chapel does have this really cool sun roof.  And my intention had been to take a picture of that.  It brings tons of sun light into the church and sometimes it's covered in snow and sometimes its covered with droplets of rain.  It's always transforming the feel of the chapel, and I mean that in a beautiful way.

But I forgot to take my phone or camera with me into church to take a picture, and life right now is a little tough for daily mass (I know the excuses...).  Anyway, I'm not sure if it's cheating (and cheating my first time linking...yikes), but here is my domestic church window for your viewing pleasure!

Our Domestic Church

Missing beatutiful religious images, but wine glasses at arms reach. Shameful.

Not going to lie I have heard of this "domestic church" but didn't really know what value it held within the Church.  I mean, I know the Church values the vocations of marriage and parenting, but what it says about this "domestic church" I wasn't too sure.  So, I pulled out the trusty, and slightly dusty, Catechism...I really don't think I have ever done this on my own, people.  Let me just type these beautiful words that our Church give us!
"It is in the bosom of the family that parents are 'by word and example...the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children. They should encourage them in the vocation which is proper to each child, fostering with special care any religious vocation.' It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children, and all the 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 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 (1656-1657)

Wow!  I often forget what our job is as parents, and makers of our domestic church.  Each domestic church should and will look different, but we should all be doing our best to create a rich domestic church of worship.

Anyway, here is my Thursday Theme.  Head over to Cari's to see other Church Windows.

1 comment:

  1. I love the domestic church take on the theme :) Welcome to the link-up!