This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
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The domestic Church

St. John Paul II, in his Apostolic Exhortation, Familiaris Consortio, goes further and establishes that the Family is in fact an active unit in the mission of the Church. He calls it an Ecclesia domestica or “Church in miniature” which is “in its own way…a living image and historical representation of the mystery of the Church.”[1] The Family is thus a “little Church,”[2] a “domestic Church,”[3] the “Church of the home,”[4] which is “grafted” into the mystery of the Church proper and is therefore a sharer in its mission; and so, while it is true that the family has been present always and everywhere, through Christ it has been baptized and made transcendent.

The family constitutes a “specific revelation” of the mind and purpose of God. In it and through it the highest forms of human communion are realized and presented to the world as a prophetic “sign of unity”—as such, the family is truly a “school of deeper humanity”[5] because in it are practiced all the acts of daily kindness: care for young and old alike, forbearance, forgiveness, and self-giving. Every part of the person is called into play and perfected.

[1] FC, 49.

[2] FC, 86.

[3] FC, 21.

[4] FC, 38.

[5] FC, 21.

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