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Pope Francis and Changing the Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis and Changing the Lord’s Prayer

On Saturday, there was an article about Pope Francis in our city’s secular press. Again. Nothing too unusual for this Christian leader who has managed to attract the attention even of non-Christians and the often-anti-christian media. But this time, the article was complete with complex Greek and Latin word analysis! And it’s not even a… Continue Reading

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Three Popes and a Patriarch

Three Popes and a Patriarch

The image above, of three popes and a patriarch (no it’s not the beginning of a joke), may be unique in Christian history. The Copts have been separate from majority Christianity since the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451, the fourth ecumenical council. Pope Francis (for the Roman Catholic Church) and Pope Tawadros II (for… Continue Reading

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Our Father (part 2)

Our Father (part 2)

As part of reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer, and on the word “Our” that begins it, here is the reflection on this in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: III. “Our” Father 2786 “Our” Father refers to God. the adjective, as used by us, does not express possession, but an entirely new relationship with God.… Continue Reading

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Our Father

Our Father

Saint Ignatius Loyola (ca. October 23, 1491 – July 31, 1556) teaches a method of prayer in which one starts with the first word of the Lord’s Prayer, mulling over it, meditating on it, approaching it in the sense of lectio divina, resting in God’s presence with it, and then in time moving on to… Continue Reading

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us… Continue Reading

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Vain repetition

Vain repetition

Following the recent discussion about praying by heart I ended up in a conversation which I think we often encounter in differing forms: “Don’t forget what Jesus says about vain repetition” (ie. Matthew 6:7). To which I reply, yes, in Matthew’s Gospel the Lord’s Prayer is an example of how to pray, like a model… Continue Reading

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When belief shaped praying (part 1)

When belief shaped praying (part 1)

This year, on 4 December, it is the 50th anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium), the first document promulgated by Vatican II. I was invited to write a reflection from an Anglican perspective for Liturgy, the Roman Catholic Auckland Diocesan Liturgy Centre publication. I am grateful that they are happy for… Continue Reading

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