It's also my dear sister's birthday. Happy birthday, Genevieve! I love you!
I am not nearly as devoted to the Rosary as I want to be, or as I should be. But recently, I rearranged my house. I do this pretty often, actually. Maybe every month or so a room will be completely re-done, or partially at least. So this is my "Make It" for today, even though technically I did this a few weeks back.
|Our Family Shrine, with Tryptic by Gwyneth Holsten|
Joey and I have always had a small family shrine. When we were engaged, Joey found a beautiful sofa table at a thrift store, then he ordered a Prie Dieu (or kneeler), and a Resin Crucifix. When we got married we lived in a 2 bedroom apartment. There, our Family Shrine lived in our master bedroom. Since Joey lived by himself for several months before we got married, when I moved in, I basically filled the second bedroom with boxes from my apartment that I never got around to going through until we moved into our house. So the shrine stayed in the bedroom. It was seriously dusty- both because it was under the air conditioner vent and because it was never used. When we prayed together, we either did it on the couch in the living room, or anywhere else. There was too much visual clutter and not enough space to properly use our beautiful little shrine.
|a view from the kitchen door|
But I've become more and more convinced that it is more important, especially as Charlotte gets older, to pray our family rosary together, awake, and in a special place. So I made one.
|Tryptic by Gwyneth Holsten, Family Bible, our rosaries (Charlotte's is the prettiest don't you think?), Holy Water, a small Bible for study, and our Relic of St. Roch (not pictured are the statues of St. Roch and Our Lady of Victory)|
So instead of having a tiny, squishy dining room and a useless living room, I switched them- partly. I put the table on one side of the living room with a coffee area on the other side (2 comfy chairs and a table) and the loveseat, shrine and a bookcase in the dining room- now "sitting and praying" room. The loveseat faces the shrine. This is amazing! Now, every time I sit down to nurse or anything else, there's Jesus, in my face! I haven't failed to pray the rosary yet this month, and even better, Charlotte is reminding me when I do forget. Yesterday, she brought me my rosary and asked to pray. I love having that little Holy Minute (or 20) with her and Beatrice in the middle of the day or, like today, after dinner with Daddy too!
|View from the new dining room into the old one|
So, I made myself a space in my home for prayer, and I'd like to challenge you to do the same. Not just a space in your schedule, because we all know how ever changing those can be when you have small children, and not just a place in your pocket where you forget about it until you wash your clothes, but in your home for you to share with your children and spouse, and anybody else who may be visiting. Mother Teresa said "The family that prays together stays together, and if they stay together they will love one another as God has loved each one of them. And works of love are always works of peace." And our own Bishop Conley this week recounted the story of a friend who owed his marriage to praying the rosary together every day.
|From my coffee chair|
|Good Catholic art (again, by Gwyneth) and a little Catholic Library round it all out.|