GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH 5230 Clark Ave, Ste 9, Lakewood, CA 90712 (562) 920-2212

For Single Parents

My dear Lord, I am so grateful to adore you as I receive you into my heart in spiritual communion. My days are so frenetic that I welcome this peaceful respite to be alone with you, the great comforter of all. In addition, through this spiritual communion unite my heart to all the other single parents who also have hectic days and lonely nights and who ask for the same graces as I do in this prayer.

O my God, I beg you to grant me the grace to be patient with my children. Because I am forced to go to work, I come home exhausted and frustrated and then, all by myself, I must deal with the needs of my children. My kids justifiably crave my attention, and I ask you for the energy to joyfully attend to both their physical and emotional needs.

Please grant me the grace to speak well of my former spouse to my children in spite of any bitterness that I may feel. Help me to impress upon them that they must love and respect both of their parents. Enable me to be a model of forgiveness for my kids.

O Lord, my days and nights are so lonely and I crave companionship. However, I need wisdom so that I don’t foolishly jump into another relationship. Help me to put my children above my own desires and please lead me slowly and thoughtfully into a relationship that will be a joy to all of us.

Show me, my Lord, that because I have you I am not alone and that I can face anything that life puts in front of me. Help me to keep in mind your words that you uttered before you ascended into heaven, ‘Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.’

Amen.

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