The Domestic Church


The good folks at Holy Trinity don’t talk much about “the domestic church.” Mostly, they just focus on their families.

Recently, Herman stopped by Grey Wood. That’s the home of Deni and Earl. It was prayer time when Herman arrived, and the little, orange mouse knew that it always included a rosary.

Deni and Earl firmly believed that prayer is the secret that keeps a family strong and vibrant.


The Bible tells us that marriage was established by God. It happened long before any nations or states existed. From the beginning, marriage involved a man and a woman (Gen 2:23).

The Bible also indicates that a legal document doesn’t make a marriage. Marriage is a unique union that exists between a man and women and makes the two of them one flesh (Gen 2:24).

The Catechism explains that each of the two sexes in marriage is an image of God, with equal dignity, though in very different ways. All human generations proceed from this union. (CCC 2335)


Earl looks forward to the times when he can pray with Deni. While their home was ideal for the large family they made together, it is also perfect for prayer and quiet reflection. Some would describe Grey Wood as “cozy.” Herman just thinks it is a wonderful example of a tabernacle that houses a domestic church.

The family is the domestic church, of course. Herman recalled that, in his Letter to Families, Pope John Paul II affirmed that the domestic church has been an active concept describing the family since the time of the Church Fathers.

Earl and Deni don’t always think about those kinds of things. They just enjoy growing old together. The couple seeks those “holy moments” that only couples who know spiritual intimacy can share.

And though Earl doesn’t say it often, he believes one of the great miracles in his life was the gift God gave him when Deni first came on the scene. He doesn’t like to think how different his life would’ve been without her love and wise counsel.

The older they get, the more Deni and Earl realize that their life has been a pilgrimage. It began for each of them in the womb. It will end when both of them reach their destination in heaven with God. As travel companions, Deni and Earl are committed to helping each other arrive safely at that special place.

Now you know why Herman likes to visit Grey Wood when he’s in town. It’s a special home inhabited by two amazing souls who are part of a loving parish in a healthy, growing diocese with many other memorable characters. You’ll be meeting some of their friends in future “Porch Stories.” Be sure to follow the blog.


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

2 thoughts on “The Domestic Church

  1. Thank you Rom and Herman, Graywood is and always will be blessed by the Christians that gather there to celebrate their love of Holy Mother Church, and each other. I believe it is like the first Christians gathering in homes to celebrate “The Way”. Den and I are extremely thankful and blessed to have an opportunity to share in your vocation and a visit from Herman and companions. Den and I will continue to strive to become the Marriage in Christ we promised to be by the grace of God and the Holy Spirit in the Holy Trinity Family. Thank you for blessing us in so many ways, LITTLE ORANGE MOUSE 🙏 On Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 17:50 Bible Study Cartoons wrote:

    > Reach One posted: ” OUR STORY … The good folks at Holy Trinity don’t > talk much about “the domestic church.” Mostly, they just focus on their > families. Recently, Herman stopped by Grey Wood. That’s the home of Deni > and Earl’s. It was prayer time when Herman arriv” >


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