There are some people who have mastered the art of finding a time and a place for praying, meditating, spending quality time with their family. I think those who have posted on this thread have hit on several key points.
[quote=JReducation]I really believe that one reason that we’re not drawn to spend more time at home with family is because our homes are too busy. There is too much junk in our homes, too much noise and too much going on at the same time.
Mother Teresa said:
“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
Is there a quiet place in your home? A room without TV’s, computers, phones and other electronic distractions? There should be. In my former home, I was able to create a space in the basement rec room that I could retreat to with a book. In my current home, there was initially a disagreement over whether we needed a TV in both the living room and the family room. I wanted the living room to be “TV free”; but I lost that argument. However, I can still be in there by myself and leave it off. TV’s can be turned off!
Which brings me to:
[quote=albertziggy]What if one day, the ‘technology plug’ were pulled out of its socket?
Yes, what if we set aside a time each week for the entire family to be together with no electronic distractions There could be a spiritual time, there could be a family game time, there could be a reading and quiet play time. Some families that I know actually do this.
[quote=Joannazenobia]We lose sight of making our home spiritually beautiful so its warm and cozy. The kind your kids will want to always come back to, where they feel safe and loved.
You don’t need a home that could grace the cover of a home decorating magazine; you need a family friendly home, perhaps a little worn, perhaps a little cluttered, not from neglect or untidiness, but from living and loving. Where our family and their friends will feel welcome. And always prominently included in our family should be our Lord:
[quote=JReducation]We need to bring Christ back into our Catholic homes and we have to make sacred space for him. There is no way that we can find him outside of the home, if we do not find him in the home first.
Mother Teresa said something very similar:
"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home."
Finally, although having faith reminders in the home, and praying before meals and other times is good, kids can see through someone who is going through the motions. It must be real and sincere for it to really work.
[quote=SimpleSoul]I have met people who though they pray all the time and have many religious statues and books…are actually “spiritually dead.” They become so focused on the external relationship with God that they seem to have almost completely forgotten about the internal relationship with God.
Too often we measure our spirituality by the externals, by how much we pray or how often we are in church. The true measure is the quality of the relationship between our souls and the Lord.
Almost everything begins in the home, and how we live as a family will have a great impact on the lives our children will lead as adults with their own children.