The Knights of Columbus asks its members to be “practical Catholics,” something fairly open to interpretation. What’s been helpful recently is advice to brother-knights on how to go about this practicality, especially in the matter of prayer. For the past two months, Columbia magazine, our main publication, has included tear-out prayer cards — four at least — and accompanying articles on prayerful themes. In March it was (naturally) focused on prayers for the papal interregnum, and this month it’s devoted to the family. Here’s the prayer, composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain:

A FAMILY PRAYER

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of our family. Enlighten our hearts and minds that we may live more fully this vocation to live.

In our daily life and work, may we reflect the self-giving love which you, O Father, eternally show with your Son and the Holy Spirit.

Let your love be evident in the peace that reigns in our home and in the faith we profess and live. May our family always be a place of generosity, understanding, forgiveness, and joy.

Kindly give us the wisdom and courage to be witnesses to your eternal design for the family; and grant that the Holy Family of Nazareth may always guide our path to holiness as a family.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

Amen.

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