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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Eleven Plus Prayers

At one time or another we all need the patience of a saint to be able to deal with the vagaries of the Eleven Plus child.

An anonymous 17th Century nun may have words that can help us:

“LORD Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.”

It would be wonderful if your eleven year old stopped being moody and became thoughtful. At times you would love your eleven year old to be helpful but not bossy. Above all just think what it would be like if your eleven year old did not think that it was essential to say something on every subject.

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