The Our Father
By: Brianna McCormick
The past two times I’ve been focusing on different types of prayer such as the rosary and praying during Eucharistic Adoration. Now the focus is on the Our Father and the meaning behind it.
“You must pray to the Father! It is a strong word, ‘Father.’ You must pray to Him who generated you, who gave you life. … To the person who accompanies you on your journey: He knows all about your life. Everything: what is good and what is not so good. He knows everything. If we do not start the prayer with this word, not just with our lips but with our hearts, we cannot pray in a Christian language.”
Pope Francis tells us we must pray to the Father. He’s the creator who knows everything about us; the good and the bad. God wants to hear from us and one way to do that is through the Our Father.
The Our Father is a prayer meant to call on God and for him to answer our needs. It is a prayer of help that has different meaning to everyone that prays it. Every time you go to mass you pray the Our Father calling on God to help you through your difficulties.
At Divine Child the Our Father is prayed regularly at church during school and before sporting events. It is another very important prayer that is the root of the Catholic Faith.
Molly Soraghan a softmore at Divine Child agrees that the Our Father is an important prayer at DC. “Before volleyball games we always pray by saying the Our Father. We ask God that we may do our best and that no one gets hurt. It’s a very important prayer to all sports teams.”
Jesus says, “This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.(Matthew 6:5–15)
In the gospel of Matthew it talks about how Jesus taught us to pray by giving us the Our Father. He tells us this is how we should pray to God and to not be afraid to pray to God.
Jewell Redman a softmore at Divine Child agrees that the Our Father has a significant amount of meaning and says, “I usually pray the Our Father when we go to mass. It’s a very important prayer because Jesus said that it’s the basis of prayer and that prayer is a way to talk to God and grow in your relationship with him.”
The Our Father is a very strong prayer and is the basis for the Catholic faith.