Prayer of St. Francis For Parents

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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace in my home:

Where there is fighting between siblings, help me to remind them
     of their love for each other;
Where there are hurt feelings, help me to show their little hearts
     how to forgive;
Where there is negative self-talk, help me to remind them
     of the wisdom of their Creator;
Where there is discouragement in school work or relationships,
     help me to show them there is always someone to care and help;
Where there is darkness threatening to consume their hearts and minds,
     help me to be aware of its presence and know how to get them
     the help they need;
Where there are tears flowing freely, help me to always take the time
     to offer a shoulder and a tissue.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
a break at the end of a long day as to give someone else the comfort
     and rest they need,
to have my feelings heard as to listen to the tender feelings
     of my children,
to be openly admired and thanked as to shower small acts of love
     on my family.

For it is in lovingly preparing a home cooked meal that we receive
     true spiritual nourishment,
it is in forgiving the short tempers of tired, hungry children
     that we are forgiven our own bursts of impatience,
and it is in giving just a little more love at the end of the day–when we
     think we have nothing left to give–that we move one step closer
     to heaven.


Copyright 2017 Charisse Tierney


About Charisse Tierney

Charisse Tierney lives in Newton, Kansas, with her husband and six children. Charisse and her husband, Rob, teach Natural Family Planning for the Couple to Couple League and have experience teaching Theology of the Body for Teens to high school and middle school students through their parish in Kansas. Charisse holds bachelor and master degrees in music performance. A professionally trained clarinetist and pianist, Charisse has always held a deep love for writing and her Catholic faith. Charisse is a contributing author of The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion and writes for Family Foundations magazine. She can also be found at
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2 Responses to Prayer of St. Francis For Parents

  1. April says:

    This is beautiful! Thank you for writing it. God bless you.

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