We all hope that our children will be angels their entire lives, and follow God’s plan for them. We pray that they dodge and deflect the arrows of bad influence and walk through that narrow gate, which leads to eternal life.

Can we afford not to pray and simply assume that holiness will be their way of life?

Jesus says, in Matthew13, verses 13-14:

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."

How can we help our kids pass through that narrow gate? Darkness disguised in garments of light parade in front of our children, trying to convince them to run around the narrow gate, push it over, or pretend it’s not even there. Our kids aren’t being taught out there in the world that Jesus is the way, the Truth, and the Life. In fact, His holy name is the most popular curse word on the Hollywood screen. Our children often don’t learn that God speaks loudest in the silence, that loves equals sacrifice, that most of what they see on television is a well-packaged lie, that many of their favorite songs on the radio promote lust and loneliness, but not love.

Mary sees the dark forces around our children, even when we can’t, or we aren’t there with them to protect them. Mary can do more for our children than any Catholic mother who walked this earth. Pray, pray, pray, and ask for her help—daily. Pray the rosary daily, and she will do all she can to kept them safe in her Son’s arms daily. If your children are walking in the light of God, Mary will ask Jesus to keep your children safe, and she will stand by them throughout the day, as their guardian and protector. And if your children fall from grace, she will pray that they land in Jesus’ arms. Talk to her, pray the rosary every day on behalf of your children, and she will one day help usher your children safely home, where you will have the joy of spending eternity with them in paradise.

Copyright 2010 Christine Watkins