I like the sound of the word "abode". It's not as cold as "house" and not as soft as "home". "Abode" hints of something strong and reliable and welcoming, and who doesn't like strong and reliable and welcoming?
This is the picture. A simple, functional, and pleasant-looking structure. A family. Mom and Dad love each other, and in the Sacrament of Marriage, have taken God as their Third Partner. Mom and Dad are blessed with as many children as they have opened their hearts to.
|Image courtesy of AKARAKINGDOMS / |
In that simplicity, the abode becomes strong and reliable and welcoming, as it is meant to be.
"When I picture the Holy Family, the thought that does me most good is
-- simplicity of their home-life.
Our Lady and Saint Joseph were well aware that Jesus was God,
while at the same time great wonders were hidden from them,
and -- like us -- they lived by faith."
~ Saint Therese of Lisieux in A Story of a Soul
Note: This piece was originally written for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2014. I did not quite complete the challenge, but I am keeping those posts in this blog because they are stand-alones, and because, yes, you may wish to read them :-).