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Prayer for a Daughter
at Saint Mary's

Join Brother William in blessing your child

God of all goodness,
I turn toward you with a loving heart and in utmost confidence
and thank you for the blessings of family and friends.

Please be with my daughter this year.
Surround her with good friends, and provide her with excellent teachers
and with the wise counsel of trustworthy guides.

Give her the discipline and the understanding necessary to succeed
in her studies and the determination to remain focused on her education
and committed to her goals.

Protect her while she is away from home.
Continue to strengthen and inspire her to believe in herself, to find
goodness  in others, to grow in faith, and to count on your loving support.

Help her to learn to delight in each new day, in each new
relationship, and in the natural beauty that surrounds her.
Help her to be kind to her friends and to be generous to those in need,
to enjoy learning and to live joyfully, to respond to each challenge
with courage, creativity and confidence, to act responsibly and justly
as she grows in age and wisdom.

I thank you for setting her at tasks that will demand her best efforts
and for leading her to accomplishments that will satisfy and delight her;
and I thank you for this university that partners with us in helping form
and educate her toward a life of ethical leadership and service.

And so I entrust her to your merciful and providential care.
Please, God, be with my daughter this year.

– Brother William Mann