I grew up Catholic but haven’t always been sure what it means to live out my Catholic faith beyond Sunday. After marrying Joel and becoming a mom, I found myself especially drawn to and inspired by families who really kept the spirit of Sunday alive everyday within their homes – feast day celebrations, special prayers and blessings, children named after patron saints, sacramentals and sacred art strategically placed throughout their home and more. I desired to cultivate that spirit within my home, too.
A good friend once advised, “Stay close to the logic of the liturgical cycle since theology is first and best done in the furnace of the divine liturgy.” That’s a really smart way of saying: Keep your domestic church, your home, in step with Holy Mother Church. She knows her stuff! The liturgical calendar is so very rich in tradition, it really can help bring purpose and order to your home. I heeded that advice, and indeed, I find that when I’m in step with the Church and her daily ebb and flow, all of us inhabitants here at Das Schmidt Haus seem to be in sync, too.
So what a privilege it’s been to take part in CatholicMom.com’s book club of The Catholic Catalogue by Melissa Musick and Anna Keating. I’m finding the book a most thoughtful yet practical resource for the practicing Catholic who desires to, as my friend says, stay close to the logic of the liturgical cycle.