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Saint John Henry Newman

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Thoughts on the Lord’ Prayer.

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Every week at Mass we say the Lord’s Prayer together, so let’s look at what it means.

I cannot pray “Our” if my faith has no room for others.
I cannot pray “Who art in Heaven” if my interests are of the earth.
I cannot pray “Halloed be thy name” if I am not striving to be holy.
I cannot pray “Thy kingdom come” if I am unwilling to have God in my life.
I cannot pray “Thy will be done as it is in heaven” unless I am
ready to give myself to God’s service, here and now.
I cannot pray “Give us this day our daily bread” without expending some honest effort to earn it.
I cannot pray “And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” if I harbour a grudge in my heart.
I cannot pray “And lead us not into temptation” if I choose to put myself in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot pray “But deliver us from evil” if I am not prepared to fight against evil in my own life.
I cannot pray “For thine is the kingdom” if I am unwilling to obey God.
I cannot pray “The power and the glory” if I am seeking power for myself and my own selfish glory first.
I cannot pray “For ever and ever” if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs.

I cannot pray “Amen” unless I truly believe.... That this is my prayer.

Published Sat 7th Jan 2017 15:35:03
Last Modified on Sat 7th Jan 2017 15:35:03

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