Creating a Catholic home is not always easy. It involves lots of work, love, and sacrifice. But this is precisely what makes it so rewarding. A Catholic home is not only strengthened by the family who lives there, but also enriched by community life.
This blog is dedicated to helping you transform your home into an oasis of faith and an avenue through which you can foster your family’s natural inclination towards God.
Make the Home a Place of Prayer
One of the most basic ways to bring up children in the faith and create a Catholic home is by praying together as a family. Whether it’s praying before bedtime, saying the rosary, or just having spontaneous prayer in times of need, making the home a place of prayer can help Catholic families create a faith-filled home and deepen their faith in Christ together.
Pray Together as a Family Before Meals
More specifically, praying together as a family before meals can help Catholic families create a faith-filled home and deepen their faith in Christ. It’s an easy way to create a habit of praying together as a family, which will help bring Christ into your everyday life. Not only that, but it also models for your children how to pray – and shows them that prayer is an important part of daily life.
Celebrate Major Feasts with Special Foods or Desserts
It’s easy to get caught up in the “busyness” of the holiday season and forget what it’s all about. Celebrating major feasts with special foods or desserts can help us remember that Christ is at the center of our lives. We don’t have to be great cooks or host huge feasts to enjoy the blessings of food and cooking either. Celebrate the major feasts of the Church, such as Christmas or Easter, with simple foods or desserts.
Display Religious Art Throughout the Home
As Catholics, we know that our homes should be a reflection of our faith, yet it can be difficult to find the time or energy to create an environment that will help us grow closer to God — especially if you have small children. The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort or money to bring Christ into your home. All it takes is a little creativity and a little bit of planning. Displaying inspiring religious art can help Catholic families deepen their faith while also sharing it with others when they visit their Catholic home.
Create a Home Library of Good Books
A Catholic family can create a home library of religious or faith-based texts to create a home filled with their faith, and deepen their faith in God together. Reading the same books at the same time will give you insight into your children’s understanding of the faith. Many Christian books are written for adults, but there are many others that are age-appropriate for children. A great place to start is with the Bible.
Creating an environment filled with faith in your home doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. It doesn’t mean you need to be the “best” Catholic family on the block either. It simply means that no matter where your family is today, there is always room for growth and improvement. There will always be new things that God wants to teach you as a family by bringing His love, light, and grace into your home.