Lord Jesus Christ, by Your patience in suffering
you hallowed earthly pain
and gave us the example of obedience to your Father’s will:
Be near me in my time of weakness and pain;
sustain me by Your grace,
that my strength and courage may not fail;
heal me according to Your will;
and help me always to believe
that what happens to me here
is of little account if You hold me in eternal life,
my Lord and my God. Amen.
Oh, God, make me a better parent.
Help me to understand my children,
to listen patiently to what they have to say
and to answer all their questions kindly.
Keep me from interrupting them,
talking back to them and contradicting them.
Make me as courteous to them
as I would have them be to me.
Give me the courage to confess my sins
against my children and to ask of them forgiveness,
when I know that I have done them wrong.
May I not vainly hurt the feelings of my children.
Forbid that I should laugh at their mistakes or
resort to shame and ridicule as punishment.
Let me not tempt a child to lie and steal.
So guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate
by all I say and do that honestly produces happiness.
Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me.
May I cease to nag:
and when I am out of sorts,
help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.
Blind me to the little errors of my children
and help me to see the good things that they do.
Give me a ready word for honest praise.
Help to treat my children as those of their own age,
but let me not exact of them the judgments
and conventions of adults.
Allow me not to rob them of the opportunity
to wait upon themselves,
to think, to choose, and to make decisions.
Forbid that I should ever punish them
for my self satisfaction.
May I grant them all of their wishes
that are reasonable and have the courage always to withhold
a privilege that I know will do them harm.
Lord, bless us and keep us always with You,
Open our eyes to see each other as You see us.
Open our hearts to love each other as You love us.
Open our minds to the wonder and mystery of who You are
and of who You have created
each of us to be
And let us spend our lifetimes together.
The LORD is cleansing me
of all selfishness,
resentment and critical feelings
for my fellow beings
…as well as self-condemnation
and the misinterpretation of my life experiences…
…and more HE is bathing me
in generosity, appreciation, praise and gratitude
for my fellow beings
…and blessed me with self-acceptance
and an enlightened understanding of my experiences…
Speaking to God honestly is the beginning of prayer…
(Father John Powell S.J.)
Tell God your thoughts, desires and feelings.
This includes being angry, having doubts, taking drugs,
having sexual feelings, trouble praying, and so on.
Have faith in God’s promise to help you when you talk to Him
Mathew 7:7-8 tells us:
“Ask and it will be given to you,
seek and you will find,
knock and the door will be open.”
“But he should ask in faith, not doubting…
for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea
that is driven and tossed about by the wind,
for that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” James 1:6-7
There will be times when God wants to talk to you.
Don’t worry about what He may say or ask you to do.