Something that’s been brought front and center within the last year is a real need to nurture life of the domestic church within our homes. We can’t control what our Church leadership does, but we can control the decision to bring Christ into our home life.
Despite the importance of this, family prayer with little ones can be extremely difficult. They aren’t capable of much focus yet, and some days they’re just having a bad day and nothing is going to happen how it’s meant to. It’s a good thing to want to pray the Rosary every night as a family, but it can be hard to remember why you’re doing this when chaos reigns every time you try.
Not only is this process difficult because of the nature of small children, but the stakes are high in how we go about introducing Christ to our children. I attended college with many people from “good Catholic families” who grew up praying the Rosary every night, homeschooled, and used orthodox curricula who are now agnostic or atheist. Almost all of them had bitter memories associated with the practice of their faith; rather than occasions of grace or family togetherness, these times were occasions of tedium, humiliation, or fear. Devotion was forced rather than encouraged, and as a consequence the foundations of their faith were eroded rather than strengthened.