Most families manage well in times of anxiety and stress. Daily expressions of love can overcome most anything. The first place people go when under some stress is to prayer. I don’t mean structured prayer (the rosary, for example) but conversational prayer.

One of my favorite saints is St. Anthony, (the patron saint of lost things!) I just talk with him, reminding him that I count on him to intercede for me to God. Prayer can be a valuable part of family life. In all the stressful situations, we teach by word and example the value of prayer in our daily lives. Some prayer at night, at meals, or when leaving on vacation, are ways of including prayer in family life.

Family is the school of faith and the place we find God in the ordinary everyday world.

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