Prayer: It only takes a moment

Yes, a weekend retreat would be ideal, but you only have three consecutive unscheduled minutes. What to do?

Bless your spouse. Your wife has a big presentation at work. Stop her on her way out the door, trace a cross on her forehead, and ask God to be with her in all she does today.

Hold hands and say one petition. You’re driving to visit your husband’s mother before her surgery. Grab his hand and pray out loud for his mother.

Fall back on tradition. You’re out of ideas for your misbehaving middle-schooler. Before bed, simply say, “For Ashley,” and pray the Our Father or Hail Mary.

Post-it note prayer. Write a prayer for your spouse and tuck it in his or her lunch or briefcase.

by Annemarie Scobey from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2012 Best in Class award from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for the past three years running. Here’s a sample issue.

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