Sacred Space

“For indigenous communities, land is not a commodity, but a gift from God, a sacred space.” @Pontifex June 18, 2015
Pope Francis

Each of us has our sacred space, whether we realize it or not. Sometimes, our sacred space is the chair in front of the TV with the remote next to us. For others, it can be the “man cave” in the garage where men can go to be men. Still others have a favorite chair, inside our out, a small place, a retreat where they can take a book or a tablet and read. Rarely, are any of these places recognized as a sacred space, just the best place where they can go to gather their thoughts and relax.

I found this definition of “sacred” at dictionary.com.
1. devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.
2. entitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.
3. pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to secular or profane ): sacred music; sacred books.
4. reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object: a morning hour sacred to study.
5. regarded with reverence: the sacred memory of a dead hero.
6. secured against violation, infringement, etc., as by reverence or sense of right: sacred oaths; sacred rights.
7. properly immune from violence, interference, etc., as a person or office.

What impressed me the most was the use of the words: devoted, dedicated, veneration, religious, religion, reverence, secure, reverently.
Use these words in sentences, and you could compose a paragraph about our church.

The devoted attended the Catholic Church dedicated to the Mother of God. The veneration of the religious icons in the church reminded us that our religion is one of great reverence. All Catholics can be secure in the knowledge that each portion of the Mass must be performed by the priest reverently.

Our faith is a sacred faith, rich in mysticism, rich in history, and the one true church established by Jesus. The Catholic Faith is a Sacred Space in our world. If you have no other space at home that is sacred, attend Mass. There are those in the world who are persecuted for this gift of faith. They are martyred by those who seek to destroy Christianity. Pray for our persecuted Catholics and Christians. Most of all, inside your home, establish a sacred space that is God filled and God centered where all can go to pray together as a family.

“The Family that Prays Together, Stays Together.”
Ven. Patrick Peyton.

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