“Everyday saints give everyday life a holy character; they live a holy life throughout the week and in this way set the stamp of holiness on all they do.” ~~ Fr. Joseph Kentenich, Servant of God and Founder of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt
I love this quote from Fr. Kentenich, and I’ll be using it as inspiration during my upcoming workshop at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s, “The Summit: Revitalizing the Domestic Church” this coming Monday and Tuesday (October 1-2). My workshop is titled, “Strengthening the Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home,” a spin-off of my latest book by a similar name.
The Summit is an event aimed at the archdiocese’s educators, coordinators, ministers, religious, and clergy in an effort to help them help families to find their way back to Christ and thereby re-invigorate the domestic church. All in all, there will be about twenty presenters serving about 763 participants.
My workshop’s goal? To share ideas and ways to encourage families to discover and reach for everyday holiness, as Fr. Kentenich talks about above, and based on what I call the Five Components of Holiness at Home: Atmosphere, Attitude, Apostolate, Stewardship, and Discipleship. I’m praying that those attending my workshop – and all the other workshops – will gain invaluable education, formation, and inspiration that will benefits the families of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and beyond. I’m also praying that this fantastic concept catches on, and that other dioceses around the country hold such events of their own.
The family is being threatened from all sides, and our domestic churches are being battered in the tempest. I’m delighted to have been invited to present at The Summit, and I encourage you to pray with me for families everywhere and for those who seek to serve them.