I admit, I was wasting precious time on Facebook. It was a slow morning with one kid down with a belly ache, so I had to settle with the fact that sometimes, this is parenthood. Lazy Saturdays.
While scrolling, I stopped on a video that was supposed to be a hilarious compilation of people doing ridiculous stunts, messing up, and getting hurt. It was reminiscent of movie bloopers but with the thread of narcism as people put themselves in danger to look funny and then fail horribly on camera. It was mildly amusing (although I’m fairly certain I lost several dozen brain cells during those four minutes).
Half way through my husband walked past me and got sucked into the madness as well.
After the fact, we started talking about how the current culture can be a mind trap in so many ways – the almighty me being center of everything, egos bigger than the Galaxy screens we’re taking selfies on, and the pervasive relativistic ideologies rampant today.
And then we looked down at our boys. Innocent. Pure. Still protected from these influences.
What can we do besides pray?
Then it hit me. That’s the most we can do is pray.
Pray fervently, persistently, and precisely.
The fruit of my wasted time on Facebook is the following prayer we’ve decided to start praying over our boys at night after bedtime whenever we can. It is in the spirit of the Litany of Humility originally written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val. Feel free to add your own based on the demands and needs in your own families and the forces of the culture you’re experiencing.
LITANY OF PROTECTION OVER CHILDREN
From the ill effects of the culture … deliver us Jesus.
From the spirit of narcissism … deliver us Jesus.
From the spirit of relativism … deliver us Jesus.
From the entrapment of pornography … deliver us Jesus.
From the disease of alcoholism and addiction … deliver us Jesus.
From the sins of impurity and unchastity … deliver us Jesus.
From the spirit of distraction … deliver us Jesus.
From the spirit of apathy … deliver us Jesus.
From the dangers of the created world … deliver us Jesus.
So we can seek Truth … Jesus make our hearts like Yours.
So we can use our bodies for holy service to God … Jesus make our hearts like Yours.
So we can love as You love … Jesus make our hearts like Yours.
So we can distinguish between the allurement of God and the seduction of the evil one … Jesus make our hearts like Yours.
So we can be instruments of peace … Jesus make our hearts like Yours.
So we can always live in faith, hope, and love … Jesus make our hearts like Yours.
So we can remain faithful to God and the Church … Jesus make our hearts like Yours.
So we can be holy as You are holy … Jesus make our hearts like Yours.
Disclaimer: This is a personal prayer written by our family. If you’re looking for USCCB approved prayers for the family, visit the site here and take a look around. As such, it is wise not to use this prayer publicly unless approved by your local priest or bishop.