Yesterday I mentioned a particular line in the Faure piece that was sung at Nick and Natasha’s wedding.
O Christ, be kind to your faithful ones/now gathered to bless you.
I said that I put it on the quilt to say something like, “We heard this in Church, and now you are starting your journey of gathering a people for Him in the sanctuary of your home — a little place of blessing to God. May He be kind to you and those of us who love you.”
You could say that this little lyric embodies the theme of the book I wrote with David Clayton (illustrated by him as well, with beautiful icons that you can actually take out and use — and also by Deirdre, with little drawings throughout!).
It’s about the connection between the person, the home, the Church, and the world.
I was blown away by what Scott Hahn said about our book. As David said, if we had been asked to ghost-write his blurb, we wouldn’t have dared to put it this way, but he gets what we were trying to do:
This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen. How I wish I’d had it when I first became a Catholic, not just for myself, as a husband and father, but for my family, too. It’s a commonplace of Christian tradition to call the home a sanctuary or “domestic church,” but before a home can be a church, it must become an oratory — a place of prayer. The authors of this book know that there are many obstacles, and they show us how to overcome them. This book is inspiring yet practical, realistic yet revolutionary.
If one book has the potential to transform the Catholic family (and society), this is it.
Here at the beginning (before the first chapter), we tell you how to use the book, because it’s meant to be very practical as well as theological, and I for one have never seen a book like this.
Since the book is unusual and you might not realize how it works, right at the beginning we let you know exactly what the images in the book are and how to use them. You can also download them (and more!) from the book site — making the Kindle edition just as useful, if not absolutely permanent in itself. If you use good heavy photo quality paper in your printer, you will have excellent prints for framing. This is also useful if you spoil a page or just don’t want to take it out. (Note the perforations in the page, though — it makes it very easy to get it out safely.)
The introduction is simply to say, we know how it can be. We get that feeling that if you commit to one thing, you are missing out on the rest, and that mainly you are just too busy, overwhelmed, and/or tired to deal.
Our organizing principle — what we think helps sort things out — is the prayer table in the home; the little oratory. Why? It has to do with the home as “domestic church” in St. Augustine’s phrase. So that you know that your prayer life is personal and connected to the universe, and thus that what you do in the sanctuary of the home isn’t random.
Thanks to those kind readers who have left reviews on Amazon!
If you’ve read it and haven’t done so, would you consider leaving a rating and review there?
Thanks so much!
(The book is now readily available except, I think, in Canada through Amazon — the US Amazon supplies the Canadian one with this book, and we are at their mercy. Perhaps if you’ve pre-ordered through Amazon, you can cancel your order and go through the Sophia website instead? I really don’t know what to say about that!)