This helps children learn the prayer method taught by Pope Francis. Each finger on their hand represents someone to pray for - from family and friends, to world leaders and those who are ill. This creative form of prayer has been around for a long time, and is often credited, especially today, to Pope Francis when he was the Archbishop of Argentina. Perhaps it even existed prior to Pope Francis. Either way, it is a powerful way to pray—and to teach our children to pray—that the Holy Father has often utilized in his ministry.
I count with my fingers, and learn how to pray.
I look at each finger, and know what to say.
#1 My thumb is the closest, reminding me…
To pray for those closest, my whole family tree!
#2 My finger that points, it reminds me to pray…
For all of my teachers who help me each day.
#3 My really tall finger in the middle of my hand…
Reminds me to pray for the leaders of our land.
#4 My shorter fourth finger – the weakest of all…
Reminds me to pray for the weak, sick and small.
#5 Last is my pinkie, which wiggles I see…
And reminds me to pray now, just for me.
And now that I’ve counted my prayers to the end,
I’m ready to do it all over again!
About the Author
Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of CatholicMom.com, a bestselling author and an international speaker. A frequent radio and television guest, Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and communications. Visit Lisa at LisaHendey.com or on social media @LisaHendey for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish, school or organization. Visit Lisa's author page on Amazon.com.