Prayer for Children

O my glorious patron Saint Rita,
you, who were a mother,
turn your benevolent gaze on me.
To you I entrust my children,
these children who I love so much.

Teach me to guide them with a steady hand,
as you have guided yours,
by the way that leads to God.
Allow me to act with tenderness,
but not weakness, with strength,
but without harshness.

Form my heart in the image of yours,
grant that all children may see in adults
the reflection of your virtues,
so that, having learned from us
to love the Lord
and to serve him in this world,
they may arrive one day to praise
and bless him in heaven.

For this goal,
I invoke upon them your protection.