1) Saint John Paul the Great stated in Familiaris Consortio, “the family has the mission to guard, reveal, and communicate love.” 1655 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains how “Christ chose to be born and grow up in the bosom of the holy family of Joseph and Mary. The Church is nothing other than ‘the family of God.” ” According to Pope Paul VI, our families, as “Domestic Churches” mirror “the various aspects of the entire Church”
2) The Sacrament of Matrimony is instrumental in building the Domestic Church. The Baltimore Catechism asks, “What are the chief ends of the Sacrament of Matrimony?” and, “How are parents specially fitted to bring up their children in the fear and love of God?”
3) Through the Sacrament of Matrimony the spouses receive Grace from God to fulfill their mission. The Catechism specifically outlines the Graces received from the Sacraments and how they are essential to forming a family into the image of the Holy Family
4) The Knights of Columbus have the Family Fully Alive Program which was developed to help men build the domestic church within their own homes, Councils, and parishes. This program focuses on the Christian family’s three-fold mission of priestly, prophetic, and kingly service
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