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Have you experienced such a place?
If you think of all the homes you have visited in the last year, or for that matter in your lifetime, how many could you honestly say were of the level that Fr. Royo Marin, OP, is referring to in chapter 3 of Dona Lucilia when he speaks of, “one of those blessed homes where a queen serenely reigns?” Many of us, for sure, have never entered such a home where holiness goes to such depths in the minutest details of everyday life.
“Everything in this family runs with the regularity of the great pendulum of the staircase clock, where “tick” is answered by “tock” in an oscillation no hastier at night than during the day.”
Our present day culture certainly does not cultivate this sort of environment and in fact uses all its force to prevent it. The idea of such a well ordered home where, “this queen of equanimity is perturbed by neither the importunities of her children, her own reverses in health, the care of the house, nor the incessant vicissitudes of life” is so unfortunately foreign to children growing up in the 21st century. Undeniably though, these images stir in the depths of souls something greatly longed for, something universally needed by every child, something that we all know should exist in every home, for we are all called to “… be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48).
As we read any random pages from Dona Lucilia’s biography we sense a fragrance, something that touches these deepest longings. Within her home, this air of sublime sweetness wraps itself around and permeates all of what is good, true and beautiful in Christian Civilization. Dr. Plinio, who grew up in the warm embrace of this “truly Catholic lady”, observed her closely and greatly admired his mother’s union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
“This devotion, coupled with the recollected environment she maintained in the home, inclined him to prayer and contemplation. Dr. Plinio recalled that frequently, upon returning home after an outing or childhood party, he would find his home immersed in an atmosphere evocative of the solemn, noble, and rich tone of the bells of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.” (Dona Lucilia, p. 188)
Why not take a few minutes to think about your home and family — choose one little “detail” to improve this week, something that could elevate your home/family one step closer to being “truly Catholic” — an oasis of serenity and beauty…
Over the the coming months donalucilia.com will be posting articles, ideas and practical resources to help families. If you would like to share something please email: email@example.com