The Mering family focuses on touches that add to celebrations without causing stress or taking away from the spiritual significance. (photo: Courtesy of the Mering family and Kim Baile photo)
Sacramental focus should embue plans in the domestic church.
By Katie Warner, EWTN News, February 20, 2022
Katie Warner Katie Warner is a wife, mom of four littles, home-schooler and children’s book author. She writes from Georgia. Her website is KatieWarner.com.
“The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: They give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1210).
With the sacramental season approaching, the Church finds families excitedly preparing to celebrate the sacrament of baptism, witness their child’s first Communion or confirmation, rejoice with couples exchanging marital vows, and support seminarians being ordained to the holy priesthood.
“Beautiful music, the smell and taste of a special meal, a clean home and beautifully set table all shape a memory that can affect their disposition toward that sacrament throughout their lives,” said Noelle Mering, mother of six and co-author of the Theology of Home series.
In addition to filling the Mering house with flowers for the occasion, one of their favorite traditions is the handed-down garments shared between siblings. …