Growing up, I learned the version of the Lord’s Prayer that you see to the right. When I joined the Catholic Church in 1985, I first learned the Hail Mary and many other prayers based on the traditional language.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
I guess I just assumed that this was my “church language”, kind of like dressing up for Mass.
It seemed respectful and appropriate. Formal.
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In our modern Christian language, we throw around the phrase “Jesus is Lord!” with great abandon. It conveys a sense of hope and acknowledgement that Jesus our Great Holy One, worthy of praise and honor.
Which is totally fine, but it’s not the whole story.
The concept of “Lord” existed even before the time of Jesus. But what did it mean?
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I have found it odd that our Catholic prayers often don’t include the word “please” or something similar.
Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Here we are asking God or Jesus or Mary for something huge, and it seem perhaps a bit impolite. Perhaps English is different than Latin and other languages in this sense?
Give us this day our daily bread.
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In the Fatima Prayer, we ask Jesus to “bring all souls to heaven.” How is that different than saying we’d like God to fix all our nasty human tendencies and have us all … get along?
Don’t get me wrong. I would absolutely love to live in a world without sin, without suffering, without anxiety.
But then, I realize that that’s not the point of the world God has created.
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I’m comfortable calling God by name, and Jesus. But how often do I actually talk to the Holy Spirit?
I find myself talking about the Holy Spirit in the third person** more than directly.
But because the Holy Spirit IS the triune God as much as the Father and the Son, I need to speak more directly to Him. Or Her, as some might suggest – the English language struggles.
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For thousands of years people have asked the question: Why did Jesus need to get baptized?
You may have heard an array of answers:
- It was an instruction of what we are to do.
- His baptism made the Jordan’s waters holy for others
- Baptism is essential to relationship with God
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I found out yesterday that a colleague is dying, with only weeks to live. That sort of news really gets you thinking about this gift of life that God has given us, and what lies beyond.
It brings up emotions that are hard to describe.
I dedicated this morning’s Rosary to him. In gratitude, in hope, in support. Because I won’t be able to see him again, I’m relying on my supernatural support system to help him get what he needs.
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God gave Adam and Eve a powerful task: to name the animals. By doing so, they were to to have power – “dominion” – over them.
In past times, names weren’t so separate from the people or objects they described. That’s why it was so important that “you shall name him Emmanuel” – God is with us.
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I’ve always found this phrase to be a bit puzzling:
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Here’s the issue: we’re asking Mary to pray for us at the hour of our death. First, why is it that we have one hour of our death? We don’t die together, all at the same time, right?
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The Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen) hints at life being pretty miserable here on earth.
But if you look at the way we behave, it’s as if everything of value is here on earth. We do everything we can to avoid death – even to the extent of spending everything we have to live longer.
Not better, just longer.
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