O Lord, omnipotent Father,
we give you thanks for having
given us children.
They are our joy,
and we accept with serenity the worries,
fears and labours which bring us pain.
Help us to live them sincerely.
Through us you gave life
you knew them and loved them.
Give us wisdom
to guide them,
patience to teach them,
vigilance to accustom them
to the good
through our example.
Support our love so that we may receive them back
when they have strayed and make them good.
It is often so difficult to understand them,
to be as they would want us to be,
to help them to go on their way.
Grant that they may always see our home
as a haven in their time
Teach us and help us,
Father, through the merits of Jesus,
your Son and our Lord.
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill,
and a time to heal;
a time to break down,
and a time to build ... continue reading
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