Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Parent's Prayer

by Marcia Segelstein

Writing about the dangers of internet pornography and children for my column today reminds me what a frightening world we live in. My “St. Augustine’s Prayer Book” includes this wonderful prayer for parents trying to protect their children:

"O Heavenly Father, I commend the souls of my children to thee. Be thou their God and Father; and mercifully supply whatever is wanting in me through frailty or negligence. Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world, to resist all solicitations to evil, whether from within or without; and deliver them from the secret snares of the enemy. Pour thy grace into their hearts, and confirm and multiply in them the gifts of thy Holy Spirit, that they may daily grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; and so faithfully serving thee here, may come to rejoice in thy presence hereafter. Through the same Chris our Lord. Amen."

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