Mothers & Grandmothers
It was customary for St. Paul to preach and for his preaching to be written down by a scribe.
The ‘letter’ was then taken by an emissary to the person or community so addressed. The letter was then proclaimed by a believer to the gathered community.
Paul wrote to Timothy, a bishop in the early Christian community.
Paul was called by the Risen Christ on the road to Damascus. ‘The Twelve’ were called directly by the earthly Jesus
Timothy had a different path to his calling:
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well (2 Timothy 1:5).
Those ‘mothers and grandmothers’ were highly influential in the early Christian community.
A family where faith flourishes received the accolade domestic church:
In our time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radiant faith.
For this reason we use an ancient expression, calling the family the domestic church (CCC 1656).
Might we renew Christian images in our homes?
Might we pray as a family?