A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tag Archive for ‘Our Father’

Sunday 28 July

SEVENTEENTH WEEK ORDINARY TIME Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13 Teach me to pray There are fundamental human experiences that, like prayer, shape and reshape our hearts. That is why the prayers of others begin to make more sense as we mature. Prayers of sorrow and gratitude, prayers for protection and nurture, and […]

The Our Father and the Breaking of the Bread

A summary of the General Audience March 14 In the Last Supper, after Jesus took the bread and the chalice of the wine, and gave thanks to God, He “broke the bread.” In the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Mass, the breaking of the Bread corresponds to this action, preceded by the prayer that the Lord […]

Thursday 16 June

Ecclesiasticus 48:1-14; Ps. 97; Matthew 6:7-15 Abba, our Father In our first reading, the writer of the Book of Ecclesiasticus praises the deeds of the great prophet Elijah who, through great signs and wonders, revealed the presence of God in the midst of Israel. In contrast, in the Gospel reading, Jesus teaches his disciples to […]

Tuesday 16 February

Isaiah 55:10-11, Ps.34, Matthew 6:7-15 Abba and Me Sometimes, when I’ve used the Lord’s Prayer as a means of meditation, I’ve not got past the opening words: “Our Father” or, as Jesus meant it, “Abba,” or “Dad.” To reflect on and to begin to experience the reality of that intimate Father-Son relationship between God and […]

The Lord’s Prayer and Liturgy

When one of the disciples comes to Jesus and said “Lord teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1) that disciple was not asking for a lesson in how to pray. The Apostles were religious individuals from a culture that prayed in public frequently. Their mothers had taught them how to […]

Wednesday 9 October

Jonah 4:1-11, Ps 86, Luke 11:1-4 “Jesus was teaching the disciples to pray – Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come, your will be done…” Take one phrase at a time of this familiar prayer, breathing in and out as you pray. Another way to pray would be to walk slowly and […]

The Prayer after the Our Father

After the Our Father the priest says the following prayer: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, […]

Fr Greeley and “Daring to Say”

In May of this year a Chicago diocesan priest called Andrew Greeley died. For those of us who trained for priesthood in the 1970s and 1980s his books were all around us, and I, for one, was strongly influenced by his writings. He was a prolific author. A sociologist by training, he had the ability […]

Lead us not into temptation

A regular reader of the Messenger has asked for an explanation of the final petition of the Lord’s Prayer in the new (old) translation. “Lead us not into temptation” Those who had been using the ELLC text of the Our Father were accustomed to praying: “Save us from the time of trial” Both of these […]

Monday 16 January

1 Samuel 15:16-23; Ps 50, Mark 2:18-22 “Your will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven” In today’s busy world it can be very easy to lose sight of Our Father’s wishes for us, and to pay lip service to doing His will. Putting a corner of time aside for a private moment’s […]