by Fr. William (Bill) McCarthy, MSA
Heavenly Father, most good and gracious God,
sustain our family in Your love.
Make our family home a place where holiness and love abound.
In our daily actions, help each one of us to learn to be more like Jesus.
Aid our family to imitate the Holy Family of Nazareth:
Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph.
Help our family to learn from the good example of those families
that especially please You in their way of life.
May our family members learn to give good example always
by living lives in true Christian faith, hope and love.
Assist our family in learning to bear pain and suffering as Jesus did.
Aid our family members, too, in overcoming difficulties and carrying their crosses.
Help our family life to lead us to Jesus Christ,
the Source of all Truth and happiness.
We ask this through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.