I’ve mentioned before one of my goals in homeschooling is to weave the liturgical calendar into our daily lives. I want our family to breathe the life of the Church.
Inhaling remembrance and mysteries; exhaling thanksgiving and affirmation
In the midst of our messy
first practice week of school , I talked to my hubby about what I was trying to do in the first place. What was my goal? Without a doubt, I answered “I want to be together as a family in eternity.”
Certainly, I do not believe homeschool is the only way to accomplish that! I’m homeschooling because a) I feel led to it and b) I want to. But that bit of navel-gazing allowed me to see what holds top priority in my children’s education, whatever form it takes. To us, that means striving to “be the domestic church” in our home by celebrating the liturgical calendar.
But life is busy. And feast days are frequent. Yet, they are good.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church
1164 From the time of the Mosaic law, the People of God have observed fixed feasts, beginning with Passover, to commemorate the astonishing actions of the Savior God, to give him thanks for them, to perpetuate their remembrance, and to teach new generations to conform their conduct to them. In the age of the Church, between the Passover of Christ already accomplished once for all, and its consummation in the kingdom of God, the liturgy celebrated on fixed days bears the imprint of the newness of the mystery of Christ.
In my feeble attempts to live this out, I’ve saved tons of ideas to Evernote. But, when the feast rolls around, this mish-mash of ideas fails to translate into a workable plan. I needed an open-and-go “feast” of options.
So, I made a checklist of sorts. This is not a must-do list. It’s a collection of ideas and possibilities. Included are some of my favorite ideas, activities and resources. I’m sure I will add to it. I’m certain you can too.
But here’s a starting point for living the liturgical calendar at home and creating memories in your family.September Liturgical