Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church
After doing my morning office and reading the scripture, I had a bit of a realization: in this time of quarantine at home, we really have been taken back to our Christian origins.
The early Christian church did not have centralized places of worship; they worshiped in each other’s homes. Although I really miss communal worship at church, there’s a beautiful wisdom found in these origins. The home is the dwelling place of the family. The family, particularly, the parents, are the first teachers of the children — the first individuals who teach us about morality and the importance of the common good. It is from this that communities arise and institutions are formed. Home and the family are essential structures to the building of a prosperous and healthy society. There is value in being drawn back to the importance of these roots.
Heavenly Father, we pray that you will help us see the very gentle ways you are teaching us about what is important, amidst this turmoil. Help us to be open and teachable so that we may learn and carry your wisdom into our daily lives. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.