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Question: I am embarrassed to admit this but my prayer life is VERY minimal. I know that this is something that I need to work on if I'm going to be a good wife and mother. What would you suggest? Do you have set prayer times? Do you have a list of prayers that you say every day? What about family prayers? My husband and I have talked and talked about the importance of family prayer but we haven't done anything about it yet. Where should I start?

Dear Mom,

What a blessing that you have such a docile and teachable spirit. This gift alone will allow you to know the path that your prayer life must take. I admire you for having the courage to admit that your prayer life is less than it should be. How beautiful that you want to become more engaged in a personal prayer life. It certainly will be the foundation of parenting as your dear children grow and mature.

A parent who prays with children is a strong witness and a source of comfort. My suggestion would be to begin small and continue consistently to build a prayer life that will not only feed your soul, but nourish your heart and mind.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest form of prayer. I like to stay with a particular prayer schedule in our hectic life. I like to have time for my personal prayer time as well as time for the family to come together to pray. Keep the time in prayer with children simple and geared to their unique needs.

Most of all, research and explore the many different options for prayer. Some parishes have opportunities for prayer and time for personal reflection.

I feel that the family Rosary is very powerful and uplifts, guides, and guards our family.

Because you and your husband are in a covenant union blest by the Sacrament of Matrimony, your prayer as a married couple is extremely powerful. There is a wellspring of graces waiting to be tapped into each time we come before the Lord and ask for His guidance through prayer.

Jesus, we know that you are always listening to the prayers, longings, hopes, and voices of your dear little ones. Guide us, Lord, to the comfort of speaking with You. We trust in Your desire to make Yourself known to us. We love You, Lord, and long to see Your face. Amen.

Sending out a prayer,
Rita Munn

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