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Day 8

CREATING A CHEERFUL HOME —
FRIENDSHIP WITH YOUR CHILDREN

How to pray this novena
  • Choose a date and time (e.g. end of day, after dinner) to start the novena
  • Read the reflection of the day slowly in front of a crucifix or image of the Holy Family
  • Meditate on the reading and ask God to let you see what you need to understand
  • Pray one of the two prayers indicated for the day (for the married or engaged)
  • End with the Prayer for the Family and ask God for your specific request(s)

Prayer for the Day

For the Married

Lord Jesus Christ, children are Your gift to us. Grant that we might receive them gratefully as gifts, while especially striving to remain open to how You speak to us through them. With both their strengths and weaknesses, help us to embrace them with love and patience, accepting them as You also mercifully accept us. May we teach and correct them lovingly, always remembering that we have the responsibility of forming them in the freedom of the children of God. Amen.

For the Engaged

Lord Jesus Christ, help us to appreciate deeply our status as adopted children of God. Help us to call upon God as Our Father with great tenderness and confidence. By learning to treasure our own dignity as God’s children, we will also know better how to love and form the children that You wish to give us, in the same Spirit that has made us all Your brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father. Amen.

Prayer for the Family
(concluding prayer)

O God our Loving Father,

Creator of all things, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, into the home of Mary and Joseph forming the Holy Family of Nazareth; inspire us by their example to imitate their selfless charity in our family life.

Through the intercession of St Josemaria, help our families to be united in the heart of Christ, enjoying a loving communion with each other, recognizing and upholding the sacredness of marriage, generously welcoming the gift of life, and valuing the inestimable gift of each family member.

Help us to dedicate ourselves in generous service to our families and to reflect the love that Christ had for Mary and Joseph, making our family a true domestic Church with Christ at its center.

Teach us to find Christ in the crosses that occur in family life and help us to find joy in them and unite them to him.

Watch over and protect our family so that each member will be faithful to the Gospel and never stray from the path of holiness. We ask you, through the intercession of St Josemaria, to grant us the favor of (make your request). Amen.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we give our hearts and souls to you.

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