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I HAVE a boy to bring up.

Help me to perform my task with wisdom and kindness and good cheer. Help me always to see him clearly, as he is. Let not my pride in him hide his faults. Let not my fear for him magnify my doubts and fears until I make him doubting and fearful in his turn.

Quicken my judgment so that I shall know to train him to think as a child, to be in all things pure and simple as a child.

I have a boy to bring up.

Give me great patience and a long memory. Let me remember the hard places in my own youth, so that I may help when I see him struggling as I struggled then. Let me remember the things that made me glad, lest I, sweating in the toil and strain of life, forget that a little child’s laughter is d light of life..

I have a boy to bring up.

Teach me the kind of love that understands all things; the Love that knows no weakness, tolerates no selfishness. Keep me from weakening my son through granting him pleasures that end in pain, ease of body that must bring sickness of soul, a vision of life that must end in death. Grant that I love my son wisely.

I have a son to bring up.

Give him the values and beauty and just rewards of industry. Give him an understanding brain and hands that are cunning, to work out his happiness.

I have a boy to bring up.

Help me to send him into the world with a mission of service. Strengthen my mind and heart that I may teach him that he is his brother’s keeper. Grant that he may serve those who know not the need of service, and not knowing, need it the most.

I have a boy to bring up.

So guide and direct me that I may do this service to the glory of God, the service of my country, and to my son’s happiness. Amen.

Written by: Angelo Patri
Book: A Book of Prayers for Boys
Collected and Arranged by: Colin Campbell Clements
Publisher: New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company 1922
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2013