A new book tells us how to create one, has icons you can pull out and frame and how to pray in the family so that it become a force for cultural renewal.
The force to change the world begins with us. We must change ourselves, and then our families and then society will change. It is a bottom up process. If we have a beautiful pattern of prayer in which is modelled on the person of Christ, the Logos, then this is the prayer that will change the world and establish a culture of beauty. And it is a source of joy for us.
A new book written by myself and Leila Lawler is intended to direct us to this great truth. It is called The Little Oratory, the Beginner’s Guide to Prayer in the Home. It is out next month and you can pre-order on Amazon here.
This book explains in depth how family prayer, centered on the liturgy and engaging all the senses, is the foundation of the culture. It is a how-to-do book that tells you how to build an icon corner in detail, and how to pray with visual images. There are even eight color reproductions of icons that are meant for the icon corner. You can remove them as they are perforated and frame them – they are standard size so you can frame them cheaply. This is alone is worth the money for the book!
It offers practical details as to how you can incorporate all this prayer into a busy family life so that it lightens the load. This is important, prayer must not be a burden that only the neurotically pious will take on. It tells you how to engage the children, how to deal with the situation where only one parent is Catholic. It also tells you also how to incorporate. Below I give you a posting that I made almost four years ago. This was the beginning of ideas that became a book. I teamed up with Leila Lawler whose wonderful (and usually very entertaining and funny blog) Like Mother, Like Daughter is devoted to all the traditions of the home (even cleaning and cooking), that reflect a Catholic life rooted in the liturgy. We discuss how you can take this culture out beyond the home into work and community. We have a special section on how you can take (Read More)