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Chapter 36. Jesus Taught Us to Pray • 495

This is not because he does not want us to enjoy the good

things of life, but because we can fully enjoy them only when

we have received His gift of Himself who is goodness itself. The

proof of his generosity is also what St. Paul calls “The ground

of our hope.” It is the love of God flooding our inmost hearts

through the Holy Spirit he has given us (cf. Rom 5:5).

This is not an experience reserved for the selected few. It

is a gift available to all men and women. To receive it we must

return to the center of our being, where we find the infusion of

God’s love through the Spirit of Jesus.

— John Main, OSB,

Word into Silence

(Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1981), 66-67


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Amen.

—cf. Mt 7:9-13

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength

honor and glory and blessing. . . .

To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be blessing and honor, glory and might,

forever and ever.

—Rev 5:12-13