The power of a parent’s blessing to protect and sanctify children was the topic of a portion of Jesse Romero’s talk at the Christ Our Life Conference in Des Moines last weekend. Twenty of us CK Sisters were privileged to attend. As parents, you are charged with an awesome responsibility when God gives you a child. It follows that He would grant you the corresponding gifts to raise them well. What sense that makes that He would charge your blessing with efficacy! The primacy of the supernatural over the natural would point toward the power of a parent’s blessing.
As teachers, we also have a formative responsibility. Therefore, grace is to be had in blessings. Our teachers often intercede for their children. Some also bless them, either physically, or silently.
I asked some sixth graders how they feel about their daily blessing by Sister Mary Guadalupe as they leave the classroom. I edited a few things in their comments, (mostly taking out “like”) but here’s what they said: (The pictures do not necessarily correspond with the text under them.)
I feel like she really cares about us.
She wants us to be safe.
They make me feel good inside especially if I have been flustered.
It makes you feel grateful; grateful for everything.
It makes me feel like you love me.
Happy that I learned a bunch of stuff and that good things happened during the day and that we had a fun time.
It just keeps God with you the rest of the day and throughout the night and it just seems to keep me happier.
She wants us to have a nice day.
I feel holy.
I feel that she does it to make us happy and to give extra graces to go on with our day.
It is hard to put into words….it makes me feel special.
It makes me feel safer and happier at the end of the day.
I think it’s great that she gives us an extra blessing; we always need extra blessings.
It makes me feel like our teachers really like us.
I feel like I am good when I leave.
The blessing at the end of the day means she cares for us.
At the end of the day I like it because then you feel like you’re not just leaving all empty.
I feel like it’s a good way to end the day.
I encourage you to bless your children. Trace the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads before they go to bed. A little holy water can also help, but don’t let the lack of holy water hold you back. Your love and the physical touch of blessing, reinforces the love you have for them and makes it tangible in yet another way. A blessing mixes your love with the Father’s love, and pours it over them. Can you think of anything better?