It is a fortress built by the hand of God founded and instituted at His command, sanctified by His Divine love. It is...a home in which religion holds the first place in which the name of our Lord is a familiar sound and where the parents govern themselves and rule their children by the principles of a Christian life.
The Christian home is easily discovered. The very walls of the house will tell you at a glance who it is that holds the first place in the minds and hearts of its inmates. If on looking around the eye rests on emblems of our holy faith, if you find in every room the crucifix or the image of Our Lady, or a religious picture; if you see the holy water stoup well replenished, along with other tokens of faith, then the very appearance of the house will afford presumptive evidence that Our Divine Lord holds His rightful place in the bosom of the family dwelling there.
- Excerpt from Essays on Catholic Life by Thomas O'Hagan, Books for Libraries, Inc.