Disgraceful. Naming Grace in the Domestic Church normally opens by recounting a family story relating to the Gospel. Week after week, we detect and name grace—God’s redeeming, reconciling, loving, encouraging presence—in our homes. We survey the ordinary and extraordinary events to proclaim God’s wonderful works in our lives. However, this past week’s horrific news of rampant abuse and cover-up in the Church reeks of shame and disgrace.
The POD (portable moving container) pulled up, ready to be emptied. We excitedly unlocked chains and swung doors open. It was packed to the gills. Like mining for gold, we dug in deep, dragging out box after box, lugging out bed frames, bolts, dressers, and lawn tools. Once everything was unloaded into the garage, we slumped on piled boxes to recover as we surveyed the work ahead. Just then, eight Xavier High School students arrived, smiles on their faces, ready for the challenge. They, at that moment, were mercy itself—flesh for the life of our family!
The blog on this page presents reflections on the Sunday readings through the lens of a parent/grandparent, aiding leaders of the domestic church in their vital task as “first heralds” or “first preachers” of the Good News in the home.