What’s your family prayer center like?

Ours is the family sofa, which also happens to be the most comfortable spot in the house. It’s old and slip covered and smells a little like Cap’n Crunch, but if you happen to put your feet up (it’s almost impossible not to) and close your eyes for longer than 30 seconds, you might as well grab one of the seven or eight quilts draped across it because you will fall asleep. But don’t worry, we don’t mind. You wouldn’t be the first to succumb to the enveloping charms of our family sofa, and we’re used to tiptoeing past sleeping/drooling family members just about any time of the day. The couch just has some sort of relaxation attraction. Which makes it the perfect family prayer corner.

A lot of folks will disagree with me on this, but I think there’s a time for being comfortable in prayer, so you can free yourself from distractions and open your mind and heart to God. I want my kids to remember family prayer as a peaceful time, a time when they feel comfortable in the presence of a loving family, and an all-loving God. I also like to help them see that when they are stressed or having a problem, prayer is the answer. So when our family prays together, we’re surrounded by candles and rosaries and holy cards and holy books and Bibles, but we’ve also got lots of pillows and blankets.  At least one of us is lying on the couch, or snuggled into a big pile of pillows on the floor. (Wasn’t it Faustina who heard these words from Jesus, “Tell aching mankind to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace”?)

Of course, our prayer corner wouldn’t work for everyone, but it’s right for us. I’m interested in hearing about family prayer centers, so if you’d like to share, please let me know in the comments below. And if you don’t have a prayer corner, it’s not hard to create one. It could be a comfy chair, your dining room table, your breakfast nook, or anyplace really. As long as it does honor to God, and reminds you that the heart of your home is the heart of God.

And here’s a neat photo article on prayer corners in homes, written by John, a Benedictine oblate of a Catholic monastery.

http://oblatespring.com/oblatespring0651HomeShrines01.htm

God bless!

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2 thoughts on “What’s your family prayer center like?

  1. I love your family prayer center — it sounds beautiful! I felt comfy and warm just reading about it (and a bit sleepy too!). This really makes me think about our family prayer center. We do have a table in the living room with rosaries, statues, a Bible, prayer cards, sometimes candles, but I like how yours is right in your family room. We are in our living room a lot as it isn’t really a living room but more of a great room/music room/lego building room. When we pray the Rosary we pull up the kitchen chairs and the bean bags. Some of the kids have taken to bringing down their bed pillows and comforters to snuggle up with on the bean bags during prayer time. While I know this may not be the “right” way – I like that our family is comfortable when we come together to pray and hope that it is creating warm, comforting memories for them. As you said, so that they learn that prayer is the “warm, comforting” answer when they are stressed.

    • Hi Shelby,
      Thanks so much for your kind words. I think you are right to have the table in the living room with statues and rosaries, because it shows your kids that God is at the center of your life as a family. I think prayer should be right in the middle, too. Right where the Legos get built and life gets lived, because that’s where God is. Peace and God bless!

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