The Catholic Home
ISBN 1495249026 , The Catholic Home, Father Alexander OFM, 144 Pages.
The Christian family is the unit which goes to build up the Catholic Church. To vary the metaphor, the Holy Family of Nazareth was the mustard-seed out of which the vast tree of the Universal Church has grown. In Joseph and Mary and the Holy Child we have the prototypes and models of the Father, the Mother, and the children who form the Catholic Family. Indeed, it is the ideal of the Family which pervades the whole constitution and life of the Church. Our Lord in His parables frequently refers to Almighty God as the Father of the family (paterfamilias), or simply as the Father. Think of the touching parable of the Prodigal Son. Christ taught us when we pray to address God as "Our Father." St. Paul tells us that after Him "all fatherhood in heaven and earth is named". As Joseph, the foster-father, or legal father, of Christ in the home of Nazareth was, as spiritual writers tell us, the vicar or vicegerent of the Heavenly Father on earth-so that Mary could call him to her Divine Son, "Thy father" (Luke 2:48) -so do we style the vicar or vicegerent of Our Lord on earth, the visible head of His Church, the "Holy Father." And we love to speak of the Church herself as " Holy Mother Church," and are proud to call ourselves her children. Everywhere the same analogy of the Family life and relationship-Father, Mother, Children. The Christian Family, then, is a very sacred thing. It is God's ordinary means for the salvation of souls. The Christian Home is a shrine, an ark in which is preserved the priceless treasure of the Faith, and with it the virtues of the Christian life and heritage. Any book which makes us realize better these great truths; which teaches us love and reverence for the Christian family and home and home-life; which teaches parents the sublimity of their office in God's plans and raises up their thoughts to a higher conception of their privileges and duties; which teaches the adolescent