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  1. Homemade Disciples Families and the Mission of Jesus 2004 CFM Program Book The Christian Family Movement USA

  2. Holiness: Family Style • “Everything important happens at home.” • “We come to church to ritualize and celebrate it, to remind ourselves of the sacredness of every meal, every act of forgiveness, every prayer for healing, all the ordinary actions of our lives.” • Kathleen Chesto, Family Life Minister The Christian Family Movement USA

  3. 10 Fun & Challenging Meetings • Each chapter includes activities & prayer experiences for the whole family. • Ideas from best current books on family life are included in the meetings. • Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Follow the Way of Love, the US Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Message to Families The Christian Family Movement USA

  4. Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am. Mt. 18:20 • We give the name Church to the people whom the Lord gathers, who strive to follow his way of love, and through whose lives his saving presence is made known. • As Christian families, you not only belong to the church, but your daily life is a true expression of the church. The Christian Family Movement USA

  5. Families: all shapes and sizes • “A family is holy not because it is perfect, but because God’s grace is at work in it, helping it to set out anew everyday on the way of love.” • US Catholic Bishops The Christian Family Movement USA

  6. believing educating welcoming strangers serving one another celebrating joys enduring sorrows praying together feeding the hungry healing and forgiving encouraging vocations Share your family stories about The Christian Family Movement USA

  7. Your Family: Domestic Church “A family is our first community and most basic way in which the Lord gathers us, forms us and acts in the world.” Follow the Way of Love, US Catholic Bishops The Christian Family Movement USA

  8. "There is one institution which cannot be replaced by anything else, which lies at the root of the happiness of mankind, of peace, progress and civilization: It is the family which is the first cell and the first center of life, the first home. The family is an image of God,of the Blessed Trinity." -- Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, spiritual founder of the Christian Family Movement The Christian Family Movement USA

  9. Wisdom of Early Church • “If we regulate our households (properly)…we will also see fit to oversee the Church, for indeed the household is a little Church. Therefore, it is possible for us to surpass all others in virtue by becoming good husbands and wives.” • St. John Chrysostom, 4th Century The Christian Family Movement USA

  10. Christ has called you and joined you to himself in and through the sacraments. Therefore, you share in one and the same mission that he gives to the whole church. United with the larger Church The Christian Family Movement USA

  11. You carry out the mission of the church of the home in ordinary ways when: • You believe in God and that God cares about you. • You love and never give up believing in the value of another person. The Christian Family Movement USA

  12. You foster intimacy • Between husband and wife • Extending to the whole family The Christian Family Movement USA

  13. You evangelize by • professing faith in God • acting in accord with Gospel values • setting an example The Christian Family Movement USA

  14. You impart knowledge of the faith by sharing stories by your example by connecting your story to the Story of Salvation Young and old help each other acquire values necessary for Christian living. Your wisdom and theirs come from the same Spirit. You educate The Christian Family Movement USA

  15. You pray together • thanking God for blessings • reaching for strength • asking for guidance in crisis and doubt The Christian Family Movement USA

  16. You serve one another • often sacrificing your own wants for the other’s good. • You struggle to take up your cross and carry it with love. The Christian Family Movement USA

  17. birthdays weddings births and deaths a first day of school a graduation rites of passage into adulthood new jobs family reunions surprise visits holy days and holidays You come together when tragedy strikes and in joyful celebration of the sacraments. You celebrate The Christian Family Movement USA

  18. You forgive. You seek reconciliation.You welcome the stranger.You give drink to the thirsty.You give food to the hungry. The Christian Family Movement USA

  19. You act justly in your community • when your treat others with respect • stand against discrimination and racism • and work to overcome hunger, poverty, homelessness, illiteracy. The Christian Family Movement USA

  20. In society, when you shun abortion euthanasia unjust war neighborhood and domestic violence poverty and racism In your home when you shun violent words and actions and look for peaceful ways to resolve conflict You affirm life as a precious gift from God. The Christian Family Movement USA

  21. You foster vocations • To priesthood • To religious life • To church leadership • lay and ordained • To discipleship in every walk and work of life! The Christian Family Movement USA

  22. " . . . Marriage is really a call from God, it is not caprice or passion, but a vocation and a call from God, just as there is a vocation to the priesthood. It is a divine vocation; it is holy and it makes holy, it is apostolic and missionary.” -- Cardinal Cardijn, 1950 The Christian Family Movement USA

  23. Called to “be what you are” • “The Church speaks clearly of the duties of family members to one another that build a radiant faith. . . . • But the Church doesn't stop there; it also speaks of the relationship between families and the larger culture • That is the message; you are the messenger.” • A Radiant Faith: The Gift of Families to Families, Address of the Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, Bishop of Cleveland to the Christian Family Movement • August 5, 1995 The Christian Family Movement USA

  24. Youare Christian Family Movement • You promote Christ-centered marriage and family life. • You help individuals, and their families, to live the Christian faith in everyday life. • You improve society through actions of love, service, education and example The Christian Family Movement USA