"Increase Family Fun With Religious Practices In The Home"

Fr. Patrick Peyton-The Rosary Priest:

"A family that prays together stays together."

Catholic families have more fun thanks to religious practices in the home. Families that know, love, and serve God are full of peace and joy. Your family can be peaceful and joyful too!

Grow in holiness as a family in the following ways...

  • Study the scriptures and the catechism to know God better.
  • Love Him more through prayer.
  • Serve Him by serving others and following the ten commandments.

Only sin can take peace and joy away from your family. Don’t let it!

Know God Through Study

Learn more about the Faith by:

Religious Practices In The Home: Family Prayer

Prayer overcomes evil. Love God through prayer by incorporating family and personal prayer. You can do this by:

  • Attending holy Mass on Sunday and holy days
  • Praying the family Rosary: praying for the living and the dead
  • Learning to meditate
  • Adopting family devotions
  • Encouraging your children's spiritual development - ideas for the earliest years
  • Following the Church calendar by celebrating feast days
  • Celebrating name days, baptism days and other feasts that are special to your family

Religious Practices In The Home: Virtues

Practicing virtue will make your family happier. Pray for an increase in the virtues you are lacking and improve the virtues you possess.

All members of the family can work on this.

Virtues That Overcome The Seven Capitol Sins

  • Humility
  • Liberality
  • Chastity
  • Meekness
  • Temperance
  • Brotherly Love
  • Industriousness

Spirituality is a key part of a child’s upbringing. Don’t neglect this important area. Each member will have different strengths and weaknesses. Frequent examinations of conscience will help mom and dad discover theirs.

You as a parent can help your children work on developing their strengths and overcoming their weaknesses. Practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy together as a family.

Some ways of developing virtue include:

  • Monthly confession - a must!
  • Performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy especially suitable for families are:

The Most Important Good Works

  1. Prayer
  2. Fasting
  3. Almsgiving
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Forgive all injuries
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Visit the sick
  • Attend funerals

Growing in holiness as a family will make your family fun much more fulfilling. Make a serious effort to continue to grow in your knowledge, love, and service for our dear Lord. He cannot be outdone in generosity.

One way to do this is to practice etiquette in the family. Etiquette will make you a better family and will glorify God through the love you show others.

Spiritual And Corporal Works Of Mercy

  1. Counsel the Doubtful
  2. Instruct the Ignorant
  3. Admonish the Sinner
  4. Comfort the Sorrowful
  5. Forgive All Injuries
  6. Bear Wrongs Patiently
  7. Pray For the Living and the Dead
  1. Feed the Hungry
  2. Give Drink to the Thirsty
  3. Clothe the Naked
  4. Shelter the Homeless
  5. Visit the Sick
  6. Visit the Imprisoned
  7. Bury the Dead

Through your commitment to religious practices in the home, God will bless you with a peaceful and joyful family.

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