The relationship with family, friends and the Christian community

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)

Integritas aims for the third ideal of the re-establishment of the family household as a centre of Christian faith.

It seeks to explore how the Church can be reformed through a recovery of the importance of the family home, the domestic church, founded upon the vow of marriage and the sacramental union between man and woman. This is seen as imperative as we move from an understanding of Church which places the priesthood as central, to a reform of the Church which places the experience of love and relationships, first found in the family, at the centre of its life. Those in spiritual leadership in this emerging Church will often be mothers and fathers of children who reflect the values of stability, obedience and life-long conversion that are embodied in the daily routine and demands of family life.

Domus – The Domestic Church

domusAnother group which meets at Integritas on an intermittent basis is named Domus and engages in articulating the place of the family home in the reform of the Church. The centrality of the family home, as the first and most essential locus of the Church, provides a refreshing focus upon the primacy of familial bonds and responds directly to secular liberalism which professes that individual human autonomy and personal happiness are ultimate human goals. The emphasis upon the domestic church locates the ultimate meaning of human life, by means of the family, in relationships. The family is then understood as the key to the Christian vision of fullness of life, being the joy that comes from the relationship with God and the service of others and of the common good.

The Human Ecology of the Family

A related theme for ongoing study and group reflection at Integritas is The Human Ecology Of The Family. Our understanding of the family must be grounded upon a renewed Christian anthropology which explains that the protection of the bond between a mother, a father and their child is of fundamental importance to a truthful understanding of the human person and the protection of human identity and well-being. It also calls for an integral ecology which underlines that the care of the created world must be matched with a concern for the welfare of the family, in which the relationships between parents and their children are protected to the
greatest extent possible.