Reflections Reflections on the Lord's Prayer If somebody said, give me a summary of Christian faith on the back of an envelope, the best thing to do would be to write Our Lord's Prayer. We stand in the middle of a human world where God's will is not the most automatic thing that people do. Where crisis faces us, where uncertainty is all around about tomorrow and where evil is powerfully at work. To stand with dignity and freedom in a world like that, we need to know that God is Our Father.
In this excerpt from the book, the Pope discusses the importance of spiritual fatherhood. The first thing needed is this: That he be close to his wife, to share everything, joys and sorrows, hardships and hopes.
A father needs to be close to the children as they grow up; when they are playing and when they are working on a task; when they are carefree and when they are troubled.
He needs to be there when they are outgoing and when they are withdrawn; when they are daring and when they are fearful; when they make a misstep and when they get back on track; the father must be present, always.
Being present does not mean being in control! Because fathers who control too much are crushing their children, they are not letting them grow up. What dignity and tenderness there is in how the father stands at the door of that house, waiting for his son to come back!
Fathers have to be patient. So many times there is nothing that can be done but wait with patience, kindness, generosity, and mercy, and pray.
A good father knows how to wait and knows how to forgive sincerely. Of course, he also knows how to give firm correction. He is not a weak father, a pushover, sentimental.
The father who knows how to correct without discouraging is the same one who knows how to protect without sparing himself. The father has a sense of dignity. He has to reprimand, but he does it in the right way, to correct behavior, and then moves on.
Therefore, if there is someone who can fully explain the prayer of the Our Father as taught by Jesus, it is precisely someone with his own personal experience of fatherhood. Without the grace that comes from the Father who is in heaven, fathers lose courage and abandon the field.
However, children need to find a father who is waiting for them when they return from their failures. These children will do all they can in order not to admit their mistakes, not to let their embarrassment show, but they need this security.
Not finding their father at the door opens wounds inside of them that are difficult to heal. The Church, our mother, is committed to supporting with all her strength the good and generous presence of fathers in families.
For the younger generations, fathers are the irreplaceable guardians and mediators of faith in the goodness, of faith in the justice, and faith in the protection of God, like Saint Joseph.
On Sunday, 4 August , the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, King George V and Queen Mary joined members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords for a special service at the Church of Saint Margaret, Westminster. Today's Good News, brought to you from the Dominicans in Tallaght Dublin, & Popesquay ashio-midori.com, offers thoughtful reflections on spirituality and social issues. The Lord's Prayer (also called the Our Father or Pater Noster) is a venerated Christian prayer which, according to the New Testament, Jesus taught as the way to pray. Pray then in this way (Matthew NRSV) When you pray, say (Luke NRSV) Two versions of this prayer are recorded in the gospels: a longer form within the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, and a shorter.
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This prayer is often called the “Our Father,” or “The Lord’s Prayer,” or simply, “The Prayer of Jesus.”. The Our Father: A Reflection (Mt ) Introduction St.
Luke informed us that Jesus taught this beautiful prayer at the request of an unnamed disciple (Lk ). It is the divine model that teaches us how to pray. The Lord’s Prayer is the most commented on passage in the Bible extending back to apostolic times.
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Praying the Lord’s Prayer. Wednesday, October 11, Our prayer for the Kingdom to come is also a way for us to commit ourselves to God to allow Him to use us for this very purpose.
It’s a prayer of faith and courage. Faith because we believe He can use us, and courage because the evil. On Sunday, 4 August , the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, King George V and Queen Mary joined members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords for a special service at the Church of Saint Margaret, Westminster.
This past weekend I had the privilege of participating in a splendid continuing education event at Rochester College (Michigan). Rochester College is a Church of Christ related school, placing it within the same Stone-Campbell Movement as the Disciples of Christ (my denomination).