Nazareth Family Spirituality

Nazareth Family Spirituality


Celebrating your Faith at Home with Catherine Doherty, compiled & edited by Fr. Blair Bernard.

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Meditations and Seasonal Traditions

We go to Nazareth, that hidden little village…to become whole again” taught Madonna House Foundress Catherine Doherty. In Nazareth-based meditations such as The Spirit of Nazareth: Community of Love, Duty of the Moment—Duty of God, and Becoming a Prayer she reveals herself an expert at demonstrating how family life can be a pathway to God.

Catherine also meditates on the vocation of marriage and family in chatty chapters such as “May I Come Into Your Kitchen?” where she will go over a checklist of the basic religious practices essential to the soul of any Catholic home.

With children, the best way to communicate the Faith is to “celebrate” it. Here the unique cycle of seasonal liturgical traditions carried out by the Madonna House family, a hidden gem of Christianity in North America, is presented for adaptation in your home. Gathered from the Christian East and West, these seasonal traditions include the Epiphany marking and blessing of door lintels to Holy Thursday’s Supper of the Lamb, and dozens more.

Profoundly insightful meditations on suffering united with Christ and unity with the Trinity in marriage.

About the Author, Catherine Doherty

Catherine de Hueck DohertyCatherine Doherty used her heritage as a Russian Christian as a matrix for responding to the needs of Christian life and work in the modern world. Her own personal pilgrimage led her to be “poor with the poor Christ” in the slums of Toronto and in Harlem; and later to the establishing of the world-wide Madonna House Apostolate. A dedicated wife and mother, Catherine was also a prolific writer of hundreds of articles, a best-selling author of dozens of books, a renowned national speaker, and a pioneer of social justice. Catherine Doherty’s cause for canonization as a saint is now under consideration by the Catholic Church.


Format Details

Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 in
Trade Paperback

200 pages — 5½” x 8¼” — 1st ed., Madonna House Publications, 2013 — Compiled & edited by Fr. Blair Bernard


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    “I feel the book is a must-have for any Catholic couple living within their own Sobornost or Trinity of Persons and desiring to bring each other, and their children, to Christ. Around the corners of every page are anecdotes, deeply practical thoughts, and answers to questions about every facet of family life you can imagine. Particularly interesting to me was the section dedicated to handing on the Faith through celebration. Within this section are concrete ways to bring the liturgical year to life within the home. Catherine recalls the rich customs and traditions she had growing up in Russia, and adds customs from everywhere else… Yet there is not only practical wisdom within Nazareth Family Spirituality, but also a goldmine of spiritual and psychological wisdom… it would be a fantastic wedding gift for a couple just starting to build their own set of traditions and customs. My new copy already looks old—it has been dog-eared and underlined and it will be well used in the coming years.” — Catholic Insight

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