I am so grateful I attended the Holy Week Triduum Retreat at Xavier University also known as sacred days at Xavier. One of the many points that impacted me during those days of reflection is the one that I will share to you about Family and the Eucharist.
Monks have secrets worth knowing. One of these is that a community sustains itself not primarily through novelty, titillation, and high emotion but through rhythm and routine, namely, through simple, predictable, ritual processes. For example, a wise family will say to itself: "We will all be home at regular times, we will eat together twice a day, and we will be together in the living room at least once a day even if it isn't exciting, even if real feelings aren't shared, even if some are bored, and even if some are protesting that this isn't worthwhile. We will do this because, if we don't, we will soon fall apart as a family. To stay together we need regular, straight-forward, predictable, daily rituals. We need the manna of daily presence to each other. Otherwise we'll die."In the Eucharist, God sustains us in just this way.
-Fr. Ron Rolheiser
This reminds me of being together regularly with my family. Giving time to them, spending moments to last a lifetime. I need to do this to grow and to leave memories to my children.
This leaves me a question, "How am I going to be remembered by my children?"