Prayer for Families

St. Thérèse for Families

St. Thérèse, Little Flower of Jesus, by the memory of the love your parents had for you and the affectionate care of your sisters, obtain for my family and for those of the entire world the blessings of a loving and secure home–life. Ask the Lord to fill parents with a spirit of devotion and self–sacrifice and children with obedient love, so that all homes may be like the home of Nazareth. Safeguard all families; assist those in difficult situations. Inspire a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation among members of families plagued by anger and resentment. May the Holy Spirit pour out his light and love so that every family may be a reflection of the Holy Family. Amen.

(Adapted from common sources)

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism