We must remember . . . and know that when we call God
“our Father” we ought to behave as sons of God.
You cannot call the God of all kindness your Father if you
preserve a cruel and inhuman heart; for in this case you no
longer have in you the marks of the heavenly Father’s kind
We must contemplate the beauty of the Father without ceas
ing and adorn our own souls accordingly.
a humble and trusting heart
that enables us “to turn
and become like children”:
for it is to “little children” that the
Father is revealed.
[The prayer is accomplished] by the contemplation of God
alone, and by the warmth of love, through which the soul,
molded and directed to love him, speaks very familiarly to
God as to its own Father with special devotion.
Our Father: at this name love is aroused in us . . . and the
confidence of obtaining what we are about to ask. . . . What
would he not give to his children who ask, since he has al
ready granted them the gift of being his children?
“Our” Father refers to God. The adjective, as used by us,
does not express possession, but an entirely new relationship with
When we say “our” Father, we recognize first that all his
promises of love announced by the prophets are fulfilled in the
and eternal covenant
in his Christ: we have become “his” people
and he is henceforth “our” God. This new relationship is the purely
gratuitous gift of belonging to each other: we are to respond to
“grace and truth” given us in Jesus Christ with love and
38 St. Cyprian,
De Dom. orat.
11: PL 4:526B.
39 St. John Chrysostom,
De orat Dom.
3: PG 51, 44.
40 St. Gregory of Nyssa,
De orat. Dom.
2: PG 44, 1148B.
43 St. John Cassian,
9, 18: PL 49, 788C.
44 St. Augustine,
De serm. Dom. in monte
2, 4, 16: PL 34, 1276.