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Domestic Church and shame

By Fr Donald Chambers

In my last article (CN June 28), I reflected on the domestic Church as the primary space for the formation of conscience. I further argued that the Church needs to intentionally prepare the domestic Church to mission or transform the ‘domestic space’ of the virtual world, parishes, and work.

In today’s article, I will use and propose Luke’s post-resurrection narrative (Lk 24: 13–35) as the model of formation of the domestic Church. In this model, the Lucan writer demonstrates how the Risen Christ engages the four elements of Christian formation of the Early Church—teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer and mission, but only in light of the realities of the two disciples. Considering the reality of shame in Caribbean families, I hope to provide a general road map for the formation of the domestic Church.

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