Since sharing 5 Ways to Schedule Faith into the New School Year, I have been reflecting further upon how my family intentionally integrates faith practices into our daily, weekly, and monthly rhythms. I thought I would share what works for us in the hopes that our family’s practices might inspire yours, and that, perhaps, you would care to share back what works for your family.
Daily, our family focuses on:
- Prayer Pegs, which are daily habits of prayer and faith formation that are “pegged” to different routine aspects of the day. Our Prayer Pegs have undergone slight tweaks through the years, but, generally, have remained the same since we delineated them in 2010.
- celebrate Mass, which can become less reverent than it should due to our eldest son’s challenging behaviors, but is always a blessing nonetheless.
- keep the Sabbath by setting aside Sunday (or sometimes Saturday) to celebrate Mass, rest and enjoy as a family in keeping with the precepts set forth in the Catechism.
- make time for Mom and Dad to go to Adoration on, individually. Or, we do this almost weekly. Some weeks only Mom makes it to Adoration . Some weeks only Dad makes it. Other weeks are banner weeks when Mom and the kids make it to Adoration for a few minutes together in addition to Mom and Dad’s solo trips. All weeks, our family is blessed through whichever one of us is able to sit with our Lord, since not only is that person strengthened by the visit to Adoration, but we are all prayed for. (And what is better than children seeing visits to our Lord prioritized and asking, “Will you pray for us?” as one of us walks out the door to Adoration?)
- learn and play with the Saints through hosting play dates, enjoying Saint teas, creating liturgical table displays.
All of these practices speak to my need for rhythm and structure; our children’s passion for hands-on learning and fun; and our family’s call to learn and grow together in faith.
What practical prayer, pray and faith-learning practices do you enjoy with your family?
Martianne writes at her family blog, Training Happy Hearts, where she shares about training up her children (her husband and herself!) to live fully, love deeply and learn passionately, with faith that promises (and delivers!) true happiness. You can also find her on Facebook.
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