in the minds of most people
making a home is a job of little import
and even less talent.
Help me to realize that the opposite is the case -
it is the most important job of all
and it requires a multitude of talents.
Providing a home for living persons
who are made in your image
means helping them inevitably get closer to you.
By my slight efforts
I can influence the members of my family
in hundreds of ways
to become better people and better Christians.
Grant me the grace to know how to handle any situation,
the strength to do the ordinary every day things,
the love to overcome all animosities,
and the joy to dispel all boredom.
Help me to grow as a person every day,
to fulfill myself in all the areas
that are necessary for a homemaker -
loving relationships, mental effort, manual work.
Give me the strength to bring my family closer to Jesus
not so much by my words as by my actions.
- New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book, Catholic Book Publishing