Ideally, the members of the family may participate
in daily Mass. If this is not possible, the readings from the Mass should
be read and meditated upon daily. This could be done as a family, perhaps
at the dinner meal. The Mass is the prayer of the Church, and the highest
form of prayer. It also unites us with the whole Church in public prayer.
- A strong emphasis should be made in receiving the
sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance frequently. For an examination
of conscience and for help in receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation
see An Examination
of Conscience and An
Examination of Conscience for Laymen.
- Another prayer of the Church is the Divine Office,
or Liturgy of the Hours. Praying the Divine Office unites our prayers
with the Liturgy of the universal Church.
- The Stations of the Cross are special during
Lent, because they meditate on the Passion of Christ. Usually the Stations
are offered at the parish church on Fridays in Lent. They can also be
prayed together as a family.