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The monastic cell of marriage and family life

By Fr Donald Chambers

During my formative years, my mother was not an active parishioner except for Sunday Masses. As a home manager and wife, however, this woman of faith shaped our character, faith development, community awareness, and moral choices.

If my mother had minimal participation in parish life, what significant factor contributed to her faith development and the formation of our Christian family? Exploring this question was initiated by a reader’s feedback from my April 19 article ‘COVID-19 can be a transforming moment’ in which I challenged readers to embrace solitude as a means of quieting our inner restlessness.

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