What does a Pope pray before bed? Pope Francis’ bedtime prayer is one that we can all easily incorporate into our nightly routine. With the beautiful simplicity of this prayer, we can teach our children to come before the Cross of Christ and meditate on what He has done for us.

“In the evening before going to bed, I pray this short prayer: ‘Lord, if you want, you can make me clean.’ And I pray five Our Fathers one for each of the wounds of Christ because Jesus cleansed us with his wounds.” – Pope Francis

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If you have young children, begin by just adding “Lord, If you want, you can make me clean” to your bedtime prayer. Slowly an Our Father until you are able to build up to saying five each night. With time, you can explain to your children what the give Our Fathers represent. Having a crucifix for your children to gaze upon will help them to understand the significance of these prayers.

Praying with children can be difficult, but remember it is well worth the time and effort we put into it. Each time that we bring our children into the presence of the Lord, blessings and graces will come. Use our recommended resources below to help you learn some practical tips that will make praying with your children easier.

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Resources for Praying with Children

A Parent Who Prays: A Journal to Guide You in Praying for Your Children by Katie Warner

This journal will guide you in learning how to pray for your children, which is the first step in learning to pray with your children. When we pray for our children we ask God to be the guide during our times of prayer and we invite the Holy Spirit to fill our children with a Spirit of obedience.

The Prayer Option: 4 Tools to Bring Your Children Closer to God Through Scripture with Fr. Ian VanHeusen 

Fr. Ian will host a 45-minute online talk and will give you tools needed to teach the essentials of contemplative prayer to your own children or grandchildren, or your Catechism students.  Click HERE to learn more about this wonderful opportunity and to register for this event.