Finding Jesus Among The Unsorted Socks

Domestic Church with Laundry

The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In it parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of the faith to their children…. (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen gentium, article 11)

I think that the phrase “domestic Church” can easily conjure up visions of a tidy and peaceable household of the kind that can only exist in an unfallen world. Reality is not that way, as Pope Francis takes great pains to remind us, yet even in the untidiness and strife of our lives we seek the ideal that Lumen gentium holds out to us, not by our own efforts, but through the mysterious actions of grace.

Perhaps that’s too deep for a grab shot I took one tired evening when I saw the laundry next to the icons and found it amusing; in any event, there you have it.


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