|The Peaceable Family Wreath|
|The prophet Isaiah gives us a beautiful picture of the Peaceable Kingdom (Isaiah 11:1-9). In this kingdom, natural “enemies” live in harmony and justice. There is no deceit or harm because all are filled with the spirit of the Lord.Your family can work together to create a beautiful visual symbol of peace and unity in your home. All are called to live with the spirit of the Lord.Make a plain grapevine or straw wreath, or purchase one from a craft or discount department store. Either a round or heart-shaped wreath would be appropriate. Choose decorations to suit the décor of your family room or dining area-ribbon, dried flowers, silk greens or flowers, lace, a string of white or blue lights. You can do anything from country to contemporary.
Then add a personal touch, and be creative! Some suggestions:
Hang your “peace and unity wreath” in an area of your home where your family often gathers. Let it remind your family of the unity you share, and help you remember how important that unity is to you. Whenever it is strained or broken, thank God that the circle can be mended again with the bonds of family love.
|All Fired Up!|
|Here are some suggestions for bringing faith into your home and keeping the Spirit alive in your family life. Hopefully they will produce bursts of enthusiasm (from the Greek for “filled with God”) as well as lulls for contemplation and peace.
|Simple Exercises for the Whole Family|
|Get your family in great shape! These simple exercises are guaranteed to increase flexibility and strengthen family bonds. Practice them daily for maximum benefits.Stretches
Time OutWith your child, or your entire family, go to a place you have never visited. Choose one of these methods:
Once you arrive at your destination, enjoy some time there together—sightseeing, touring, visiting a museum, having a meal—whatever you enjoy. Then talk about the importance of following the correct route. Relate this experience to following the Ten Commandments—God’s rules that help us stay on the right path in life. Talk about what would happen if you got lost along the way—what could you do? What would you do?
|Celebrating Family Forgiveness|
|As your family prepares for the Sacrament of Reconciliation occasionally, set aside some family prayer time to focus on forgiveness and reconciliation. You can create a custom-made family celebration using one or more of the suggestions below.You will probably find that as circumstances and your family change, so will your prayer. What is important is getting your child (ren) comfortable in recognizing wrongdoing, admitting it, expressing sorrow, and celebrating the certainty of forgiveness. Always end with a sign of peace.