Loading

In God’s house

Laraine Bennett

Basilica of Saint John Lateran

I have a confession to make. I really, really like the Pottery Barn catalog. You might call it an inordinate attachment. I study each catalog, carefully, until they are dog-eared. I imagine myself sinking into the deep leather chair in the library, with the apothecary style lamp casting a warm and inviting glow on the stack of hard-cover books. And wouldn’t our guests enjoy the old fashioned wine bar decorated with vintage glasses, evergreen, and candles? I sigh over the table decorations and the impossibly fluffy duvet-covered sleigh beds.

But there aren't any people.

I read somewhere that they tried putting actual people in the Pottery Barn catalog, but it was a flop. They briefly toyed with having shadowy human shapes lurking in the corners, and readers rebelled. Sales plummeted. We want perfectly decorated homes, no people!

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.

What a rich, earthy and substantial faith that celebrates a beautiful building, the mother church of Christendom!

Unlike the Pottery Barn catalog, all sorts of people are welcome in our churches. When we are baptized, we become part of God’s family. And we have a welcoming, beautifully decorated home to visit each day. The rag-tag group that comes to daily Mass—representing every ethnic group, every socio-economic status: my brothers and sisters.

Saint Paul tells us, “you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2: 19).

In God’s house, I sink into the soft glow of the tabernacle light, breathe deeply the smell of the beeswax candles and the bit of incense still hovering from Benediction, relish the muffled sound of kneelers going down, take in the sights of my triumphant brothers and sisters depicted in the vibrant colors of the stained glass windows, marvel at the taste of the wine, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus, shared by us all on this special feast day.

My Magnificat quotes an inscription from a second century Christian named Abercius about Holy Mother Church: “Without ceasing, she gave fish to friends to eat. She has a delicious wine which she gives with bread.” She is the best hostess of all, and she invites us all to the feast in her home.

Topics: Faith

Laraine Bennett co-authored, with her husband Art, The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse and The Temperament God Gave You, published by Sophia Institute Press. Their new book, The Emotions God Gave You, is due Spring 2011. Please visit their website at http://temperaments.sophiainstitute.com/.

View all articles by Laraine Bennett

Ads by Google
(What's this?)

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

OUR TOPICS

Abortion (48)  Advent & Christmas (19)  Beauty (3)  Bioethics (4)  Books (55)  Church history (16)  Church teaching (31)  Contraception (26)  Culture (123)  Current Events (93)  Dating (15)  Death (4)  Depression (14)  Divorce (7)  Education (14)  Eucharist (4)  Exercise (3)  Faith (220)  Family (89)  Fashion (5)  Feminism (14)  Fertility (2)  Fitness (1)  Food (2)  Forgiveness (18)  Friendship (18)  Generosity (2)  Girl Scouts (2)  Grieving (1)  Health (23)  Home Management (17)  Humor (14)  Leadership (4)  Lent & Easter (13)  Liturgical Year (11)  Marian devotion (8)  Marriage (35)  Mature Years (5)  Meditations (17)  Mental illness (1)  Mercy (2)  Military Families (2)  Ministry (5)  Miscarriage (1)  Motherhood (58)  Movies (2)  Music (5)  Natural Family Planning (2)  Nutrition (4)  Parenting (44)  Personal Growth (105)  Politics (4)  Pope Francis (1)  Pornography (3)  Prayer (33)  Pro-Life (27)  Psychology (1)  Reflections (6)  Relationships (44)  Religious freedom (11)  Saints (11)  Scripture (7)  Service (8)  Sexuality (19)  Single years (4)  Social justice (1)  Social Networking (5)  Special Needs (3)  Spirituality (2)  Suffering (14)  Suicide (1)  Travel (11)  United Nations (1)  Welcome (1)  Women in the Church (4)  Women's Health (20)  Workplace (12)  Writings of the Saints (10)  Young Women (40) 

Jul
28

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35

Gospel
Date
07/28/14
07/27/14
07/26/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »

Saint
Date
07/27/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35

Homily
Date
07/28/14
07/27/14
07/26/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: