The Domestic Church

The Domestic Church

Rita Buettner is a wife, working mother of two and a Catholic Review blogger.  Read her Open Window blog here.


When I am not enough
Sep 19 2016
“We are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others,” St. Clare of Assisi said.

Life is not a race
Aug 18 2016
Life doesn’t always seem fair. And God’s timing often doesn’t match ours. But life is also not a race. And many of the dreams you have along the way ultimately become reality eventually, or a different dream comes true.

Dreaming of an ordinary summer
Jul 07 2016
At the end of the school year, when Rita's kindergartener came home with his summer bucket list, he had written three words: “Swim. Movies. Picnic.”

My father’s cookies
Jun 22 2016
How extraordinary is a father’s love, especially that of God the Father, who has faith that we will continue to try to become the best version of ourselves, that we will fail but we will also achieve, and that one day we will be with him in heaven.

The Feast of the Visitation through Elizabeth’s eyes
May 31 2016
How is it, you wonder, that a mere child can become pregnant so easily? She isn’t even married – merely betrothed – and yet God is already giving her the gift you dreamed of for decades. Why God?

Feast of heaven and earth
May 23 2016
Does our understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist change as we receive over time? Do we ever take this extraordinary gift for granted? Do we feel changed, not just by that first intimate encounter with the Eucharist, but every time?

Lullaby and Good Night
Apr 18 2016
In the busyness of our lives, as we balance school and work and meals and homework and play, some days fly by, while others creep slowly on.

The most perfect form of prayer
Mar 24 2016
Even at their most distracted, our children are absorbing the seeds of our faith that will sprout over time and grow – my husband and I hope – into a beautiful faith