Sex, money, eating, spirituality, and service. According to Rubio, all are areas for practical application of an ethics of the family. In each area, intentional practices can function as acts of resistance to a cultural and middle-class conformity that promotes materialism over relationships. These practices forge deep connections within the family and help families live out their calling to be in solidarity with others and participate in social change from below. It is through these everyday moral choices that most Christians can live out their faith—and contribute to progress in the world.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Be Concerned with the Ordinary?
Part I: Resources from the Catholic Tradition
1. A Catholic Theological Understanding of Marriage
2. Between the Personal and the Political: Families as Agents of Social Change
3. Grace, Sin, and Holy Families
Part II: Practices
4. Practicing Sexual Fidelity
5. The Practice of Eating: Love, Justice, and Mercy
6. How Much Is Enough? The Practice of Tithing
7. Serving: Reimagining a Central Practice of Middle-Class Family Life
8. Family Prayer as Practice of Resistance