Praying for Your Children – Teenagers Especially! (Holy Hints)

On train tracksPerhaps it is because I just spent a night with my daughter and her friends, as she turned 18 last night, or maybe it is because I realize I have 2 teenagers now, or maybe it is just because as a working Catholic mom I sometimes fail in my busyness to take out time to pray for my kids: whatever the reason, the topic of praying for my teenagers has been on my mind quite a bit. Watching my first daughter turn 18, I realize that childhood is fleeting. I don’t want to miss one minute of prayers I can offer for them, as they grow in young womanhood and figure out their “feminine genius.” Specifically, this is a post of praying for your teenagers, a time of life that is very trying for both the teenager and the parent, particularly the momma.

1. Offer intentions on each decade of the Rosary for them, related to the mystery of the decade. I try to pray the Rosary on my way to work in the morning. I can pray an entire Rosary in the time it takes me to get to work, so it works out perfectly. Just recently, on the suggestion of one of our guests from Faith and Good Counsel Radio Show, I have said an intention on each decade, along with what I am grateful for on each decade. What a great opportunity to offer these intentions and moments of gratitude for your teenage children! This has helped me to, first thing in the morning, be reminded of the blessings of motherhood! It has also assisted me in thinking of the struggles and joys my teenagers are experiencing, offering them as a gift to Jesus Christ, through our Mother, Mary.

2. Bless them with Holy Water each morning on your way out the door. And/or bless them with Holy Water each night as you say a prayer with/for them. OK…this is not the easiest one for me to remember. I used to be much better at this. I am going to challenge myself to add this again, as I believe it is an excellent reminder that they are called for Christ.

3. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving to their Guardian Angel. I just started doing this practice. I use a prayer from my “Mother Love” (1997 printing) prayer book. Here is the prayer:

I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company. Amen.

4. Specifically call them by name in your prayers, offering those intentions at the foot of the cross in Adoration or in Mass. Especially as I am at Mass with my children, I am able to understand our domestic church in a real way – related to the Body of Christ in our “big Church.” I feel hopeful and happy about our journey as a family, and I want to let God know how much I love his blessings of our children. Mass and Adoration provide perfect opportunities to do this, especially as you heal hurts and sufferings of the teenage years.

5. Pray for their vocations. If you know one of your children is headed toward marriage in vocation, pray for their future spouses. If you know one of your children is headed toward a religious vocation, pray for their discernment. My oldest daughter is not called to religious life, and at an early age told me to stop praying for her to go to the convent. I realized I was praying a similar prayer to that, but with her conversation, I began praying for her future husband. I pray that his heart is after God’s own heart. I pray that he is strong, courageous, faithful, with a heart of provision. I pray for a clean heart, mind, and body. Some call me old-fashioned. I don’t care. I am praying for the man who will lead my daughter through her holiness and into Heaven.

How do you pray for your children, especially your teenagers? When do you find the time? What advice would you give others?

I love being a momma! It is one of the greatest joys in my life. It is my job to pray for them, much like St. Monica prayed for St. Augustine. Unceasingly. With love. With their holiness in mind.

Blessings to all! Peace of Christ to you and yours!

Mary

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  1. Kathy Middendorf says:

    HI,
    I really enjoyed this article and I wondered if you would mind if I shared it in our monthly newsletter. I would definitely list your name and website.

    • Thank you, Kathy! I sent you a message about putting the article in the monthly newsletter.

      Let me know if you have questions!

      God Bless!

      Mary

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