- To help your family learn about persistence in prayer, teach or review with family members these formal prayers: the Sign of the Cross, the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be. Use these prayers as evening family prayers. You may also want to introduce the rosary and other traditional devotions of the Catholic Church.
- Discuss with your child what prayer means to you. Explain that God always hears our prayers and always takes care of our needs. Teach a brief prayer to your child to be used in the morning and evening. Write the prayer on an index card and have your child use crayons or markers to design the border. Have your child keep the card as a reminder to pray at different times during the day.
- Use the Bible to help your family recognize that praying with Scripture is very important to prayer life. Have each family member take a turn reading a Scripture passage each evening. Discuss how each passage chosen is meaningful to your family.
- Take turns leading the family meal prayer, allowing each person a chance to make up a prayer or say the usual prayer alone. At the end of the prayer, ask family members to add any petitions they may have to offer.
“It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples.”
Reflect on the shelter the homeless and clothe the naked works of mercy below: