A friend received a phone call. The man said, “I am a father. My son just came home after walking barefoot for miles. My son is seriously discouraged and lonely.” We now realize during the COVID-19 pandemic, that many of our children and teens have serious problems of loneliness and discouragement. They lack important connections with their peers. Let us join in prayer, blessing and positive thought for all our children during this COVID-19 pandemic. “Resilience is based on compassion for ourselves as well as compassion for others.” Sharon Salzberg
About Prayers for Children
Prayers for Children is a ministry for all faiths and denominations. It springs from a deep concern for all children – our own, our nation’s, the world’s… especially those trying to survive in deplorable conditions – children whose lives appear disposable.
When to Pray
Because it takes the whole world to pray for children, all are invited to bless and pray on the 15th of each month, in any way, alone or in community, for all children at home and abroad. Here at Holy Family, we will join in world prayer for children and encourage others to pray on the 15th of each month.
- Promote worldwide prayer and blessing for all children, especially the most vulnerable
- Increase understanding and acceptance of all children
- Open the hearts of those who disregard human life
- Encourage acts of charity and justice among all peoples
There are no committees, no meetings and no money involved – just the power of prayer!
“When we choose indifference we betray our world. Yet the world is not decided by action alone. It is decided by consciousness and spirit. The spirit of a time is incredibly subtle, yet hugely powerful force. And it is comprised of a mentality and spirit of all individuals together.
There is a huge forcefield that opens when intention focuses and directs itself toward transformation. There is incredible power in the mind when it directs itself toward an object. Blessing as powerful and positive intention can transform situations and people.” -John O’Donohue: To Bless the Space Between Us
Joining Us In Prayer
In the United States, Prayers for Children has been introduced in over 40 states. Prayers for Children has expanded globally as well. Joining us are people in: Italy, India, Brazil, England, Nicaragua, Spain, Ireland, the Philippines, Taiwan, Argentina, Mexico, Ghana, Congo, Germany Zambia, Canada, Nigeria, Australia, South Africa, Belgium Uganda, Guatemala, Peru, and Poland.
Joined in prayer are persons who are Buddhist, Catholic, Chinese Christian, Christian, Disciples of Christ, Congregationalist, Episcopalian, Jewish, Mormon, Methodist, Zen, Muslim and Presbyterian. Many people who are not affiliated with any specific church make an effort to think positively about children on the 15th of the month.
Religious and social organizations introduced to Prayers for Children are Convents, Monasteries, Abbeys, Girl Scout Troops, Women’s Clubs, a police station, Women at the Well, a Moms’ Prayer Group, Altar Societies, and schools and many more.
Prayers for Children has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, and Braille. Please let us know of any other people, groups, churches and school that will join us in prayer. See Downloads for the different languages currently available.
Our spirit of oneness and focused power of blessings for children and youth can expand into action. It can be a personal commitment to help children. It can be donating to a charity of your choice.
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Monthly Intentions & Prayers
Nov.15. 2015. As we begin to prepare for the holidays, let us remember all the world’s children. Too many refugees (41 percent) are children. Too many orphans are already heads of households. Too many are child laborers. These 215 million children work for their own and their family’s survival. All these children are at risk of death, illness, physical and psychological damage with little or no future. As we continue to love, respect, teach, and support our children, let us remember all children in prayer, blessing, positive thought and energy. A quote from Peter Kreeft: “It is mercy, not justice or courage or even heroism that alone can defeat evil.” .
July 15,2015 – “Pray for us and our people” – request from Hands Together Haiti. Children and families are in peril. Earthquake 2010 – 85,000 still displaced; 2.1 million hungry; 300,000 child laborers [restavecs]; cholera – 9,000 dead; while celebrating 2 weeks of peace – 27 gunned down by gangs. These same problems are replicated in the slums of the world. Let us put our hands together and bless, pray, and send positive thoughts to this island and the slums of our world community. Hands Together Haiti has worked miracles in the slum Cite Soleil: 10,000 fed daily, 12,000 in school, 2,861 in Barefoot Schools etc. Yet the needs remain overwhelming. Others committed to help are Doctors Without Borders, Mary’ Meals UK, Americare and more. For more information about Hands Together, contact email@example.com
June 15. – Graduation 2015 – This is the time and opportunity to celebrate with all new graduates. We celebrate with their families,friends,teachers,and supporters – all people striving for a better world. Each and everyone is today’s gift and tomorrow’s promise. Also, we pray, bless, and give positive thought to all denied the education and opportunities they deserve. They’re all our children and their future is our future. As Malawa Yousufzai (the Pakistani 16 year old – shot because she demanded education for girls) observed: “Let us make our future now and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”
May 15, 2015, Current events compel us to join in positive thought, prayer and blessing of migrants. People from Africa and the Middle East are trying desperately to get to Europe. Many are children unaccompanied by adults. Just the journey to the Mediterranean Sea is horrific due to the inhumanity of smugglers. Then boats used are overloaded, unseaworthy, and lack basic necessities – food, water etc. Since January 2015, 1,800 migrants have died – 30 times higher than in 2014. Pope Francis called for a “united response” to the migrant problems as the Mediterranean Sea becomes a “vast cemetery”. From the UN – “The Mediterranean migration is the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII.” Also the countries receiving these migrants are overwhelmed and need help. Let us hope. pray, and support them.
April 15. 2015. The world shares the same needs, desires, and concern for children. Yet pervasive in all societies is trafficking of children for slave labor, prostitution, organ transplants, child soldiers, ……….All countries have these problems. – China: over 20,000 babies stolen and sold on the internet. – Mid-east: price tagged children for sale. – Nigeria: again 400+ children taken. USA: political dissent = no bill to further combat trafficking. – Russia and India are the worst abusers. – Haiti: children fleeing their masters with no where to go. – Mexico, South America, Europe, Thailand etc. etc. Trafficking is a 32 billion dollar industry with thousands – millions of children taken yearly. Let us think positively, pray and bless all children especially those trafficked. We need to call on governments to unite and combat trafficking
March 15, 2015 – In outraged humanity, let us join in thought and prayer for the children of Syria, Iraq, Egypt. Libya and Nigeria. These children are Yazidi, Christian, Shiite, Sunni….They are being killed and dehumanized. Many are being raped, crucified, buried alive and price-tagged to be sold. Many are stolen and forced into the militia. Turkey now has many orphans whose parents were killed by Isis. Now we must focus and direct our energy through blessing, thought and prayer toward transformation. “We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we belong to the human race.” Kofi Annan 7th UN Secretary General
Feb. 15,2015 – Let us in positive thought, prayer, and blessing be concerned for the orphans, the uneducated youth, gang members, and street children. They are in every country. Many are victims of war, poverty, sickness, abuse, etc. “We need to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished and protected.” Pope Francis said in his homily. “And we need to care for our young people, not allowing them to be robbed of hope and condemned to a life on the streets.” We support and thank all who intervene in this cycle of despair and rejection, all who care for these young people, all those who adopt them. A Nelson Mandela quote: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Jan. 15, 2015 – The New Year begins. Let us join in concern and hope for all children of the world. Statistics show that 2014 was a devastating year for children with horrific abuse, torture. killing etc. This must change. Our future demands it. We join religious leaders and all caring people of the world in condemning these atrocities. We must unite in positive thought, blessing and prayer for all children. Through family care, good education, and our support, the world can change. “The secret of change is to focus all our energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
Dec. 15,2014. “The spirit of a time is incredibly subtle, yet a hugely powerful force. And it is comprised of a mentality and spirit of all individuals together.—–There is incredible power in the mind when it directs itself towards an object. Blessing as powerful and positive intention can transform situations and people.” John O’Donohue- To Bless the Space Between Us. The season of many celebrations begins. Thankfully many will celebrate with family and friends. Still all of us are aware of the children and youth, hungry and cold, with no place to rest their head. In the spirit of humanity, let us join in positive thought, prayer and blessing of all children of the world.
Nov. 15, 2014. Everywhere – even with the chaos and destruction in the world, we are grateful to those who help, care, and nurture children and youth. We are impressed by the Liberian survivors who care for the orphans of Ebola. We thank the woman of India who nurture the girls who are “nobody’s child”. We marvel at the generosity of those who adopt children and those who reach out to those living on the streets. Let us pray, bless, and support all families and caretakers of the young. All children are our children. A quote from Phila Henrietta Case: ” Oh why does the wind blow upon me so wild? Is it because I’m nobody’s child?”
October 15, 2014 Respect for Life
Joining in concern for
- each unique individual
- the dignity of life, beginning with the miracle of conception
- the rights of children and youth
- child refugees seeking safety and basic necessities
- girls and their right to be educated, and be free
from harmful traditional practices
- ourselves as uniquely, gifted persons
may we bless, pray and think positively that as a global family,
we grow in respect for all creation. .
A Native American quote from Chief Seattle:
“All things are bound together. All things connect.”
September 15,2014 – Many children are beginning the school year – others on vacation. All children and youth through education share citizenship in the global world. Through education, we build a better future against ignorance, unemployment, illiteracy, disease, the cycle of poverty……..Malala Yousufzai (the 16 year old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for defending her right to an education) said,”Let us pick up our books and pens, they are our most powerful weapon.” May we join in worldwide thought, prayer, and blessing for all children and youth – those attending school – those never seeing a classroom. All of us in community join parents as educators of the young. May we see the beauty and goodness of each and help the child and youth reach their full potential as a human being.
August 15, 2014 – Recent world events have caused suffering, death and fear: the downing of the Malaysia airline, the Hamas and Israeli war, refugee crises, turmoil leaving children and youth at risk. Many of these children have never experienced peace in their lives. They have no family security, no education, no chance to develop their potential, no hope. Let us again join in shared humanity and global concern and continue in prayer, positive thought and blessing for all children and youth. Let us also include in our concern – the people who govern our countries, cities, towns. We need a window of hope, a rebirth of sanity, a renewed sense of value and respect for each other. May those governing do so in truth, justice, respect, and care for all people, especially the children of the world – our future.
July 15,2014 “Children on the Run” On the 15th as a world community. we direct our thought, prayer, and blessing to the refugee child. Globally forced displacement will result in 50 million refugees – 1/2 being children. Some children will travel in groups, many alone. All are at risk of being exploited, abused, sold, enslaved…….not all survive. Countries receiving refugees face a humanitarian crisis, The USA has already received more than 50.000 child refugees since October – many from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, These children in need and seeking safety also arrive in many countries from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more. For a real change, political solutions must be made. We can still reach our to these children through prayer, blessing, positive intention and humanitarian aid.
June 15, 2014 – In shared humanity and global concern, let us bless, pray, and think of all children and youth. We hear the cry of the children, their families and the world community. In one voice we say: “Bring back our girls.” – Nigeria. Return the stolen, the “left behind” children of China, the 60,000 kidnapped a year in India, the tens of thousands of Mexico, Pakistan, Indonesia, US, Europe, Africa. South America – all countries. We can be aware of our neighbors – watch, report, care. All of us together can join in prayer, blessing, and thought as a powerful, positive intention that can transform the world.
Donna Gibson, Prayers for Children
May 15, 2014 – We are a world united in concern for children and youth through blessing, thought, and prayer. In the UN charter: all children have a right to an education that changes their lives and stops the cycle of poverty. More than a million children in 14 countries do not attend school. One half of the world’s children will never be in a classroom. Every country of the world shares some of these problems. The causes include war, poverty, social unrest, prejudice, fear of change, slave labor, the refugees and migrants etc. But many people are helping change this through charitable foundations. donations, volunteering………each of us as parents, teachers, health care providers, – all of us equally concerned. We grieve for the 230 girls kidnapped from a Nigerian school. We watched a 15 yr. old Pakastani girl – Malawa Yousufzai – recover after being shot while defending her right to an education. A quote from Malawa:
“One child, one teacher, one book. one pen.can change the world.”
So let us pray that all children will be given this opportunity.
April 15,2014 – In shared humanity and concern for children and youth, let us join in prayer, thought, and blessing. 1 in 8 children worldwide are hungry, starving, malnourished, stunted physically and cognitively. Due to war and other problems, people and children are starving and dying in the Central African Republic, the Congo, Uganda, Sudan and more. Children and youth rely on food banks in Greece, Spain, England, US, Central and South America and ……… The Red Cross and Syrian Red Crescent plead for a cease fire in Syria, to distribute food. The refugees are desperate. In Asia half of the children die under 5 years of age. Worldwide many of us have heard the cry of the hungry. We have donated and raised money for food. We are working in food banks, distribution centers, have adopted families. Let us support these efforts and remember all, especially the most vulnerable – the children – in prayer, thought and blessing.
March 15, 2014 – Through prayer, thought, and blessing, let us join together in concern for the world’s children and youth. All have seen the faces of our children on cartons, flyers, TV. billboards …… The number of missing children is growing and are trafficked into slavery, prostitution, sexual exploitation, forced labor, harvesting of bodily organs, and more. Whole families are forced into bonded labor – generation after generation. The UN places trafficking as the 3rd largest criminal activity in the world. We can grow in our awareness of these crimes through the UN website and USA National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Also, most countries of the world have a website or center for information and reporting of abuse. Our children are our future and hope for tomorrow. Together we can make a change.
February 15, 2014. On the 15th, let us as a global community direct our thoughts, prayers and blessings to refugees scattered around the globe. A United Nation’s report numbers refugees at 45.2 million people. 80% live in camps in poor countries. They live in camps ranging from 46,000 people to 138,000 or more. This overwhelming number includes many children and youth. These are a generation of damaged children – no family life – no education – no health care – traumatized by death – having witnessed revenge killings of children – used in illegal and slave labor. Let us grow in care and awareness. In generosity may we reach out in our own communities and neighborhoods to the young, dispossessed, sick and elderly.
January 15, 2014 – In our shared humanity and dignity, let us join in prayer, blessing and thought for the world’s children, their families, and caretakers. We are a global family united in the love and care of all family members especially our children and youth. The problems and concerns are many and universal. All people share the same needs and basic necessities. Let us make a difference. Let us be one worldwide community – caring and supporting one another. A global challenge from a Nigerian proverb: “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”
December 15, 2013 – In world unity and shared humanity, let us bless, pray and think positively for the good of all children and youth. As many of us celebrate religious and national holidays, may we remember the children and youth in need. Many are forgotten – alone on the streets – no food – no warmth – nowhere to lay their head – no loving family. They have no hope of gifts and the joy of celebration. Also remember the children of the Philippines, world refugees, those in slavery, those in forced prostitution…..Yes, many of us give personal time and finances to help young people. Yet as we celebrate and give thanks, may we cherish them in our hearts and give them hope. Lastly may we include Pope Francis’ December 2013 intention, “That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.”
On Nov.15,2013, We join together to bless, pray and think positively for the good of all children of the world. Together we can make a difference. A woman who worked in the Congo contacted us, asking for prayers for the Congolese children. In 2013 UN reports – the Congo described as the rape capital of the world – for years children stolen and forced to fight in armed groups – child slave labor in the mines – millions of refugees (in 2013, 350,000 in 3 months) – few or no hospitals or schools – aids and other diseases – extreme poverty as the nations mineral wealth is plundered by neighboring countries and nations.
The problems seem insurmountable. May the UN, the countries and people of the world cry out and take a more active role against these crimes, seeking immediate relief and justice.
Oct. 15,2013 – This month through prayer, blessing, positive thought, and worldwide concern, we focus not only on Syria but the children of Haiti. The UN reports in Haiti – 81,600 children malnourished – 385,000 people remain in camps in deteriorating conditions – increasing drug trafficking – cholera outbreaks – gang violence, and prostitution. But there is hope. Even in the largest slum, Cite Soliel, (Yes, the children still eat mud pies, live in shacks surrounded by garbage and sewage) many children of all ages attend school. Young people graduated from high school hoping for college. Wells have been dug for drinking and irrigation. Trees and crops now flourish and agricultural schools founded. Let us hope this continues through the efforts of many including:
- Doctors Without Borders
- the UN
- Missionary Sisters of Charity
- Hands Together – for more information contact KarlHolt@holyfamily.org
Sept. 15 2013 – Let us all again join in worldwide concern, prayer, blessing, and positive thought of Syria. The children and youth under 18 are called the ‘lost generation’. – 2 million in Syria in dire need – 1 million refugees -70,000 killed and now 426 more by gas/chemicals. May we promise that these children will not have died without notice; That these children will prompt all of us to value our children; That the loving care, teaching and patience we give our children will influence generations to come. Now may the decisions made by the international community be a positive deterrent to the continued slaughter and death of many children and youth.
August 15 – Prayers for Children – On the 15th of each month, join in worldwide focus of blessing, prayer, and positive thought for all children and youth. The world is rampant with hatred and discrimination. The outcome: war, ethnic cleansing, genocide, hatred between religious groups, lack of equity and discrimination. Today many young people are leading the way out of negativity with generosity and acceptance of all. Others even children are being taught hatred and distrust by parents, schools and religious leaders. – May all come to a realization of the community of all humanity, our common needs and our shared responsibility to love and care for all children. May the basic goodness of humanity triumph globally over evil and hatred.
July 15 – Prayer Day for Children. Let all people united in worldwide thought, prayer and blessing continue to remember the children and teens of Syria. Children and teens have been hunted and killed, used as human shields, forced to watch family executions……In Aleppo, thousands are homeless – 3,500 living in two unfinished buildings with no water, food or sanitation. Quasar City with 15,000 trapped by fighting. 1.5 million refugees fleeing to nearby countries. The summer heat exacerbates health, water, and sanitation problems. Let us hope through these tragedies, the human spirit will triumph and justice, generosity and true peace prevail.
June 15 – Prayers for Children. Joining in world unity, let us focus our thoughts, blessings, and prayers to children who are abused and raped. This is sexual abuse of the littlest to teens forced into prostitution……. The stories dominate the news reports. It is in countries at war, slums, our neighborhoods, schools and families. Let us remember these children and hope for intervention and rehabilitation. Thank you Women of India, People of China, Africa and all concerned who make us aware of these children. We join you as you cry out for justice and change.
May 15 – Prayer Day for Children. Let us join in world unity by focusing our blessing, prayer and thought to children who are hungry and starving. In Somalia 130,000 children died of starvation – in Haiti children eat mud pies – in Brazil the garbage pickers – Russia the sewage dwellers – Syria the refugee camps -the long lines at US food banks……….. the list continues in every country. Let us also include in our prayers that politics no longer dominates the distribution of food. May caring, generous people continue to bring about change, relief and hope to the desperate
April 15 – Prayers for Children The children and youth of Syria are desperate. – Over 400 children hunted and killed. Some tortured.
– Children in refugee camps (with family or orphans) are hungry, in fear, with little help. – Only 1 in 5 schools survive. Children don’t have the normalcy of a school day. – Those hurt or wounded have no health care. – The family support system is fragmented with some beyond repair. And who cares? Let us care by focusing our blessing, prayer, and positive thought to bring change, relief, and hope to these youth and innocents.