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Here’s how your family can keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year

Greg Popcak

People often remark how lovely it would be if Christmas could last all year. It’s a sweet sentiment, but most of us tend to believe that once the decorations come down, life must return to normal. But what if there was a simple way to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in your home all year long?

The Liturgy of Domestic Church Life gives families the power to keep Christmas year ’round by rooting their relationships and everything they do in the incarnate love of Christ.

Over the last 12 months, I have used this space to describe the Liturgy of Domestic Church Life, an approach to family spirituality that allows you to bring Jesus home and experience your faith as the source of the warmth in your home. You may recall that the Liturgy of Domestic Church Life has three rites. The Rite of Christian Relationships enables families to overcome the selfish and sinful ways we often treat each other and helps us learn to build relationships rooted in Christ’s sacrificial love. The Rite of Family Rituals helps families cultivate both closer connection with each other and healthy Christian attitudes toward working, playing, talking and praying. The Rite of Reaching Out helps families find little ways to share Christ’s love with the people they encounter in their day-to-day lives. When families intentionally live out these three rites, they experience a grace that transforms their chaotic, messy lives into more joyful, intimate, peaceful domestic churches.

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