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Family spirituality

Family spirituality includes everything a family does and everything a family is. The love that flows among the family members is the most important element of the spirituality of family.

As we live out our lives as members of families, the spirituality of each particular family emerges. This spirituality is revealed through the love of the family members, and is expressed by the caring and thoughtful acts taking place in our families day by day.

Each of us was created by God with a deep longing to love and to be loved. God never wanted us to live in isolation. God created us to live our lives within a loving community.

Ideally, each human life begins as an expression of the mutual love between mother and father, and continues to find its deepest fulfillment within the love of the family, and by extension within the love of the community of faith.

The family is the basic building block of society. It’s described as the domestic church, or the church of the home, or the household of faith. Each family is holy, because the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph was holy.

Nothing we do in our families is too small or too insignificant to be considered sacred or holy. Each movement, each interaction, each act of service uncovers another facet of the spiritual life of our family.

While the simple humble activities happening in our families may seem worldly and mundane, in reality they express the divine love revealed to us in our family love and our faith in action. We need to recognize each of these family activities as holy and sacred and set apart for a divine purpose.

Every action within our families that strengthens the love among the family members is a holy and sacred action. The love we share is an expression of our family spirituality.

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