Little children love to pray.
They pray quite naturally, because
God is very real for them and
very close for them. But if they
are to stay praying as adults,
prayer must be a part of their
home life from their earliest
years and not just of school life.
Parents, the most essential
part of teaching religion to your
children is to teach them to pray.
You will teach them to pray not
by telling them to pray, not by
scolding them if they don't say
their prayers. You will teach
them to pray more by praying with
them. Don't just tell your children:
"Go off to
bed now and don't forget to say
Instead say: "We
will say our prayers now."
Pray with your young children.
Pray with your older children.
Be seen praying by your children.
If prayer is important to you
it will be seen as important by
your children. Parents who pray,
homes that pray, prepare a praying
generation for the future.
In fact, you parents will learn
about praying yourselves by praying
with your children. Little children
are very close to God. Didn't
Our Lord say:
of Heaven belongs to little children."
Your children will bring you
also closer to God. Children often
understand God better than grown-ups
do. Their ways of praying can
teach us all a lot about how to