"Help us to stay together in joy."
As Venerable Patrick Peyton famously said, “The family that prays together, stays together.” Prayer is vital to a united family life and is the surest way to keep everyone together, no matter what crisis comes your way.
St. Teresa of Calcutta knew this as well and urged families to pray on a daily basis. She even composed her own prayer that can be prayed by families on a daily basis. If you are looking for a something new to add to your daily prayer time, try the following prayer.
Heavenly Father,you have given us the model of lifein the Holy Family of Nazareth.Help us, O Loving Father,to make our family another Nazarethwhere love, peace and joy reign.May it be deeply contemplative,intensely eucharistic,revived with joy.Help us to stay together in joyand sorrow in family prayer.Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our families,especially in their distressing disguise.May the eucharistic heart of Jesusmake our hearts humble like hisand help us to carry out our family dutiesin a holy way.May we love one anotheras God loves each one of us,more and more each day,and forgive each other’s faultsas you forgive our sins.Help us, O Loving Father,to take whatever you giveand give whatever you take with a big smile.Immaculate Heart of Mary,cause of our joy, pray for us.St. Joseph, pray for us.Holy Guardian Angels,be always with us,guide and protect us.Amen.