Monday, March 21, 2011

A Prayer for Parents

Today's concluding prayer of the church in the Midday Office of The Divine Hours reads:
Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up so that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of blessed St. Joseph, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We don't know much about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, but he must have been a good father to Jesus (Jesus, at least, didn't seem to have a lot of "father issues"). And a prayer for strength and wisdom in parenting is always a good thing in my book. May it be so.

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