Most Loving Father, the example of parenthood,
Teach me what to give and what to withhold.
Show me when to reprove and
when to praise.
Make me gentle and considerate,
yet firm and watchful.
Keep me from weak indulgence, or
from great severity.
Give me the courage to be disliked
sometimes by my children, when I
must do necessary things which are
displeasingin their eyes.
Give me the imagination to enter
into their world in order to
understand and guide them.
Give me all the virtues I need to
lead them by word and example
on the path of rightenousness.