Religion Can Be a Main Source of Family Strength

We don’t go to Church to get holy; we go to remember that we are holy. The Second Vatican Council reintroduced a concept that comes from the Church’s earliest tradition: the Christian family is a “domestic church”. This ancient teaching emphasizes that families can embody Christ in day-to-day experiences of their lives.     

The “domestic church” metaphor may originate from the fact that Christians met and worshipped in private homes long before they erected buildings specifically for the purpose of worship.  However, activities essential to the image of church -- education, hospitality, and care for the poor -- were carried out in early Christian households – and still are!  Christian family life involves not only prayer in words, but in deeds, as well.