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On The Road To Perfection
Episode 15: The Domestic Church

Just as the family is the very core of society, so is the Domestic Church the very core of our Catholic Faith. But what is a family? What does a Domestic Church look like? And how do you “church” at home? It’s not just Bible study every week. In this walk, we talk all things Ecclesia Domestica. We share the definition of the Domestic Church, and the awesome responsibility, duty, privilege and honor we are given by God in the role of leaders of the Domestic Church. We dig deep as we go along, describing all sorts of scenarios that make up the Domestic Church and its leadership, and all things one must do in matters of Faith in the home. And we share what we have done and do. And, using the Seasons of the Church Calendar, we share how you can reform and re-form you Domestic Church  We start with a brief impromptu tutorial on how to listen to On The Road To Perfection on your Alexa-enabled device, some commentary on local road conditions, and kick it all off with invoking St. Denis, who Kristofer’s oldest brother is named after and on whose feast day we took this walk.

Paragraph 2223 (referred to in our walk) of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery – the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the “material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.” Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them:

He who loves his son will not spare the rod. . . . He who disciplines his son will profit by him.Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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