Prayer makes the Son of God present within the family. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matt 18:20). The love with which “God loved the world” (John 3:16), the love with which Christ loves each and every one “to the end” (John 13:1) becomes present in the family that invites Love in. Prayer increases the strength and spiritual unity of the family, helping it to partake in Gods own ‘strength” (LF #4).
In these words, Pope John Paul II explains why prayer is so important to family life. Prayer is like the mortar which strengthens and holds together the walls of our “domestic church”. When we invite “Love” into our home through prayer, when each member of our family opens themselves to Christ, we can see how the old adage that, “the family that prays together stays together”, comes to life.
Prayer doesn’t have to be complex or difficult. What will work for each family is different since every family is collection of unique and unrepeatable individuals. What is important is that prayer becomes a habit – its just what we do.
John Paul II points out in Famillaris Consortio that the family rosary has long had a particular significance for Catholics and repeated the exhortation of Pope Paul IV that families make the rosary a “frequent and favored manner of praying” (FC #61).
You can download our Family Rosary Prayer Card here.