Meditations and Seasonal Traditions for the entire Church Year—for Families
“In Nazareth God came to us in ordinary life…in Nazareth we learn to connect details of our ordinary family life with love who is God,” taught Madonna House Foundress Catherine Doherty. In Nazareth-based meditations such as “The Spirit of Nazareth: Community of Love”, “Combating a Secular Culture”, and “Becoming a Prayer” she demonstrates 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, one effective way to communicate Faith is by “celebrating” it through liturgy and customs relating to the various feasts and seasons. Here the unique cycle of para-liturgical traditions for the entire Church Year, as celebrated by the Madonna House family is presented for adaptation in your home. Gathered from the Christian East and West, these seasonal traditions include “Celebrating our Faith with Food”, “Advent: Bells, Donkeys & Wreathes”, “Blessing of door lintels on Epiphany”, “Holy Thursday’s Supper of the Lamb”, and dozens more.
Profoundly insightful meditations on suffering united with Christ and on unity with the Trinity in marriage.
About the Author, Catherine Doherty
Catherine 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.