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Christian Prayer

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When the Church prays “our Father who art in heaven,”

she is professing that we are the People of God, already seated

“with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” and “hidden with

Christ in God;”

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yet at the same time, “here indeed we groan, and

long to put on our heavenly dwelling.”

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[Christians] are in the flesh, but do not live according to the

flesh. They spend their lives on earth, but are citizens of

heaven.

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IN BRIEF

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Simple and faithful trust, humble and joyous assur­

ance are the proper dispositions for one who prays the

Our Father.

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We can invoke God as “Father” because the Son of

God made man has revealed him to us. In this Son,

through Baptism, we are incorporated and adopted

as sons of God.

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The Lord’s Prayer brings us into communion with

the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. At the same

time it reveals us to ourselves (cf.

GS

22 § 1).

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Praying to our Father should develop in us the will to

become like him and foster in us a humble and trusting

heart.

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When we say “Our” Father, we are invoking the new

covenant in Jesus Christ, communion with the Holy

Trinity, and the divine love which spreads through the

Church to encompass the world.

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“Who art in heaven” does not refer to a place but to

God’s majesty and his presence in the hearts of the

just. Heaven, the Father’s house, is the true homeland

toward which we are heading and to which, already,

we belong.

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Eph

2:6

; Col

3:3.

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2 Cor

5:2; cf.

Phil

3:20;

Heb

13:14.

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Ad Diognetum

5: PG 2, 1173.

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