AW 104 Little Ones in the Domestic Church

This week’s segments:

“Blessed are They”: St. Nonna

“Among Women” Guest: Melanie Bettinelli
This is part 1 of 2 episodes on this topic.

LInks for this episode:

Mother’s Manual, by A. Francis Coomes, SJ

The Wine Dark Sea, Melanie Bettinelli’s blog

Barefoot & Pregnant Blog Posts by Melanie Bettinelli:
1. How Do You Do That?
2. The Religious Potential of the Child
3. Forming the Religious Imagination

Books recommended by Melanie:

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Caveletti
Angel in the Waters by Regina Doman

Prayer recommended by Melanie (author unknown):
O God the Father of mankind, who hast given me these my children, and  committed them to my charge to bring them up for Thee, and to prepare them for eternal life: help me with Thy heavenly grace, that I may be able to fulfill this most sacred duty and stewardship.

Teach me both, what to give and what to withhold; when to reprove and when to forbear; make me to be gentle, yet firm; considerate and watchful; and deliver me equally from the weakness of indulgence, and the excess of severity; and grant that, both by word and by example, I may be careful to lead them in the ways of wisdom and true piety.

Pour Thy grace into their hearts, and strengthen and multiply in them the gifts of Thy Holy Spirit, that they may daily grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; and so, faithfully serving Thee here, may come to rejoice in Thy presence hereafter.


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