One, holy, catholic, apostolic - Catholic Courier

One, holy, catholic, apostolic

Each Catholic family is a domestic church, learning from one another and growing together in faith. We hold the marks of the church — one, holy, catholic and apostolic — in our little churches, just as they are held in the larger church. How do we live that out in our daily lives?

Our family is one. We are united in a unique way. What are the special characteristics of our family? What do we have in common? Do we love basketball or opera or classic cars? Which Mass do we attend and where do we usually sit? Do we have any special rituals — like Family Movie Night or an annual picnic or going sledding on the first snowy day? These all contribute to the "oneness" of our family and sharing them will bind us together over the years.

Our family is holy. In the messiness and struggle and obstacles and joys of daily family life, there is so much holiness. Our holiness is in our prayer and devotions, of course, but it also is in our everyday love and generosity toward each other and in our attempts to live our lives the best way we can, as we help each other find God’s unique call for us as individuals and as a family unit.

Our family is catholic. We invite others into our family and share our gifts and our goods with them. When we invite our friends over, when we baby-sit or dog-sit, when we host a barbecue, when we give our outgrown clothing to a shelter, we are living out our call to be catholic.

Our family is apostolic. We take the Good News out into the world. Whether we are laughing together at McDonald’s or playing a game in our front yard, we are showing the world that love is possible, that God is present, that family is holy.

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