A Mother’s Prayer for Herself
Prayer to obtain the Grace to give a Good Example
O God, what a powerful exhortation Thy Divine Son addresses to me also when He says, “Let your light shine.” It is Thy holy will that I should give to my children in all things the example of a life pleasing to Thee. How else can they become virtuous themselves? I ask, therefore, for Thy assistance, through the merits of this holy sacrifice, to lead a truly Christian life. Enrich me with Thy grace, that I may be able to avoid in all my words, actions, and omissions what is unworthy of the name of Christian. Help me to exercise all the virtues of a Christian life, and to arrive at ever-increasing perfection, so that my life may be an example for my children.
How wonderfully, O Lord, hast Thou worked in Thy Saints! Watch over and graciously protect me. I am indeed not worthy of such great graces; but Thou art a merciful God; Thou lovest my children, since they are also Thy children. For their sake and that of Jesus, Thy Son, grant my petitions. Amen.
Taken from The Christian Mother imprimatur 1880