by Victor Hoagland, C.P.

From birth, children try very hard to communicate. We find their efforts endearing and, if we think honestly, the trust and confidence they express soon humbles us. We know and love our children deeply and imperfectly. God, who gave them life, knows and loves them perfectly. Love and awareness of our human limits impel us to help children learn about prayer, about communicating with God.

By praying, ourselves, we fulfill the desire we have as human beings to know the God in whose image we are made. Something in us wants to know God. “Our hearts are restless,” Saint Augustine says, “until they rest in you.” By praying, we rest in God. As our children learn to communicate with God, they too find this special place of rest.

This site offers help to families and godparents as they support children in their prayers and thus in the beginnings of their relationship with God. If you have questions or comments about this site or about sharing faith with children, please drop a note to the publisher of this Web site.

The religious questions and sincerity voiced by children lead can lead us to re-examine our own attitudes about prayer. Lord, teach us how to pray has prayer books and catechesis for adults that might be helpful.

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