THE LORD’S PRAYER (PATER NOSTER) IS SO FAMILIAR HERE IS HELP FOR YOU TO MEDITATE ON ITS MEANING

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Our Father who art in heaven…

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

“Child, I am your loving Abba. Can you not trust me with everything? Give me your very life and you will see what I can do.

Hallowed be thy name…

So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews.’” (John 19:21)

“My child, so many deny the kingship of Christ. Pray always that the eyes and hearts of all will be opened to the truth—that Jesus Christ, crucified, died, and risen is Lord of all.”

Thy kingdom come…

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43)

“Oh my child! Pray for the coming of the kingdom. How it pleases me to hear children calling for my kingdom to come. Do this sincerely and often, and you give me great joy.”

Thy will be done…

After withdrawing about a stone’s throw from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” (Luke 22:41-42)

“Imitate your Savior in this if nothing else! For in this is found everything else. Enter into the will of God and you will never be in want, for you will have everything. Ponder this my child.”

On earth as it is in heaven…

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. (Luke 23: 44-45)

“My child, if you knew how intricately I have linked heaven and earth you would be amazed. What happens on earth resounds in heaven and what happens in heaven resounds on earth. Do you see this? Look around at the world. Heaven is weeping at what sin has done and will do. Pray my child and do not stop!”

Give us this day our daily bread…

Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” (Luke 22:19)

“Can I say often enough how crucial the Bread of Life is to the life of the soul? My child, even in those who do not receive the Eucharistic bread, it is the Eucharistic Bread that sustains them in their faith. One day, they will come to realize this and they will lament at the time spent away from the Sacrifice. Pray that many will come back to me and will know the joy of union with me.”

And forgive us our trespasses…

Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: “Before the cock crows you will deny me three times.” He went out and began to weep bitterly. (Matthew 26:75)

“My beloved, how often must I forgive my wayward children? The ocean of my mercy is infinite. Do not despair, but like Peter weep bitter tears at your transgressions and trust in my mercy. Trust completely, for my mercy will never fail those who place their trust in me.”

As we forgive those who trespass against us…

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

“Then, child, because of the great mercy shown you, go then and do the same. Let there be no excuse, for your Lord does not find excuses to hold you accountable for your many transgressions. No, your loving Father kills the fatted calf and throws a great celebration. Be reconciled my people. It is the commandment of love.”

And lead us not into temptation…

Then all the disciples left him and fled. (Matthew 26:56)

“Beloved, a trial is coming to my children unlike any before. Pray not to be put to the test. Pray for supernatural faith and it will be granted. I have given you a simple prayer for times of temptation: ‘Jesus I trust in you.’ Use it often and you will defeat temptation before it strikes. Can I make it more simple? Use this prayer my child. This prayer is mercy itself.”

But deliver us from evil…

When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. (John 19:30)

“The moment of salvation—ponder this often my child. It was at this moment that evil was defeated, that hope was restored to fallen humanity. Enter into the passion and death of your Savior and you too will conquer evil. This is a great mystery and must be pondered. Child I have saved you. Rejoice and be glad!”

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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