Faith in the Everyday

It’s always in the practice of loving that we can get better and better. Here are a few simple ways you and your family can practice putting your love in action this month!

Little Habits for Little Prayers

Building prayer into our daily lives as a family is a great way to live out your faith in the little moments of life. You might have the wonderful habit of bedtime and prayers before meals, is there another small habit you can build to add more prayer to your family’s life?

Habits seem to ‘stick’ better when they are anchored to something – like a meal, time of day, place, or event. Below are a few other examples of ‘little reminders’ we can use to stop and pray. Kids especially love ones that you have to ‘be on the lookout for’. It connects the world around them with prayer.

Little reminders for short little prayers:

  • When you hear an ambulance or sirens
  • When you see your favorite animal or plant
  • When driving by a church or hospital
  • When you see a first responder, healthcare worker, or military personnel
  • When you zip or unzip your backpack

Discuss as a family: What little reminder could you use to create a new prayer habit?

Feast of Pope St. John Paul II Coloring Sheet

Download and print out this coloring sheet to celebrate the feast of St. Pope John Paul II on October 22, 2021.

Fun Facts about St. Pope John Paul II

  • He was the first Pope to visit the White House
  • He had to study in secret while in seminary during World War II
  • He loved the outdoors and especially skiing
  • He worked hard to visit as many nations and peoples as possible to bring the light of Christ far and wide. He is the most traveled Pope in history.

Discuss as a family: What is a little way you share your light with someone tomorrow?

Click Here to Download the Printable Coloring Sheet!

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you..”
St. Pope John Paul II

7 Easy Prayers Perfect for Young Children

Excerpt from Aleteia

Memorization has fallen out of fashion in modern education, but it’s still a highly effective learning tool. The truth is that young children have a natural desire to memorize information, and they’re amazingly good at it.

Kids in roughly kindergarten through 6th grade (about age 5-11) are in the “grammar stage” of education, according to the educational model called “classical education.” This age group memorizes lots of information very easily and remembers it forever:

In the grammar stage (K–6), students are naturally adept at memorizing through songs, chants, and rhymes. If you can get children in this stage to sing or chant something, they will remember it for a lifetime.

Often, this penchant for memorization manifests itself in kids learning endless trivia about their interests, such as dinosaurs or Pokemon creatures. But how amazing would it be if parents and educators gave kids truly important information to memorize instead? Teaching kids to memorize true, good, and beautiful things is a gift that lasts their entire life.

There are so many beautiful prayers that are short enough to be learned in a few days, but profound enough to be meaningful for a lifetime. Learning these prayers by heart will help children to “pray without ceasing” as they grow up. And once these short prayers are memorized, you can move onto longer prayers like the Hail Mary, Our Father, and St. Michael the Archangel prayer.

If you’re a parent or educator of kids in the “grammar stage” of education, consider adding some of these short prayers to your daily routine. Pray them with your child every day and they’ll have them committed to memory in no time. What a wonderful occupation for your child’s absorbent memory!

Even very little ones can pray, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

“My God, I love you.”

“Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

“Behold the handmaid [or servant] of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

“Jesus, I trust in you.”

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