Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/10/12




The Domestic Church by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle


Domestic Church, p. 5


She (Mary) responded, therefore, with all her human and feminine “I” and this response of faith included both perfect cooperation with ‘the grace of God that precedes and assists’ and perfect openness to the action of the Holy Spirit who ‘constantly brings faith to completion by his gifts’”.


So basically, we need to have a total and absolute faith in and cooperation with God; basically faith, trust-fall, and a willingness to…I want to say ‘suffer through’, but is is so not just suffering – maybe deal with, accept whatever comes as a result of the cooperation with God.


I’m working on this one. I’m striving towards a perfect cooperation with God’s grace and will. Yesterday, it looked like, and still may come to that, like we’d have to sell the Harley. Repair bill cutting into mission money.


She is the closest an inanimate object has come to being a part of our family. I cried, Chelsea cried, Chuck was probably blinking back a few tears himself. Yet, we’ve freely given ourselves to the missionary life. If one consequence is our beautiful Harley having to go, well then, it’s how God would have it. Will I still be in tears? Yes, because that would be a part of the grief at losing a much-loved something. Will Chelsea and I still try every dodge not to have to sell her right along with Chuck? Yep. But if there is absolutely no way out, and if we’ve prayed about it, then it’s an earthly attachment God may choose to cut for us. And He knows best…and can explain Himself to Chelsea in His own way.


Quick weekday at Covecrest for those interested:


The three adults – 7 or 7:30 a.m., Holy Hour followed by Morning Prayers. Formation class from 9-11:30. Lunch, followed by either another formation activity or service projects. I turn into a pumpkin and depart about 2:30 since that’s when Chels hits the house after a 8:30-2:30 day at the Covecrest Montessori and Elementary school.


Chelsea – after school, she has animal duty, including a long Scout walk, Mommy and Me German class, then either can join in on the service project, or play at one of the three other families’ house.


Some planned weekday activities at night – dinners, praise and worship, as well as Wednesday soccer.



Weekends and/or retreats


We all still get up early for prayers, Holy Hour (o.k., Chelsea sleeps late, then catches up with us at 8 for breakfast. Sometimes we’re helping out with some of the activities like low ropes and high ropes, sometimes meal prep, sometimes more involved with the retreat, especially if it’s an eighth grade retreat. We all will eat up at the Lodge over the weekend with whoever’s there for the retreat – basic hospitality. Mass sometime over the weekend, LifeTeen group at one of the two local Catholic churches Sunday nights. Chels is a junior missionary/LifeTeen adjunct, so she gets to go along.


Monday is the missionary Sabbath day – and well-deserved!



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