It’s strange the things we remember that make life growing up with our families special. I was fortunate to be born into a family that believed in God, were strong Christian Catholics, and taught us kids the value of going to church each Sunday, of thanking God for what He gave us and enabled us to have, and best of all they taught us to take time out of a busy day to pray. Especially during Lent.
Before I left home there were 6 of us children(one came later) and from the time I can remember, all my life, we said the Rosary every night during Lent. No mater if my Father had to go back to work after supper, he came home around 5, we ate supper, did dishes, and ALL knelt down and said the Rosary. If you don’t know what the Rosary is, it is the string of beads, we Catholics also call our Prayer Beads, they are blessed by the Priest, and saying the Rosary consists of The Apostle’s Creed(I Believe) The Our Father, Hair Mary, and Glory Be to the Father. And they are said over and over, one person says the first part of the prayer, and we all answered with the second half. It takes about 20 minutes. Believe me, by the time there were six of us kids, all kneeling down, it got quite lively. But as a family it brought us closer together, and we had no question that our parents loved God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and us. It is a very wonderful feeling to know you belong.
The other thing I remember is that If I was still awake when my parents went to bed, I could hear them saying their prayers on their knees each night, praying for our family and thanking God. It is a very comforting feeling when you are a kid to know that your parents love us and each other enough to pray together on their knees after a very long day.
God bless all you parents out there if you pray together with each other and your children, that is the best way to show love for each other and also teach your children to take time to pray.
God bless you all.