THE IMAGES EVOKED BY THE LORD’S prayer vividly illustrate our life. Humanity stands or falls by the things that are mentioned in it. If this is realized we can begin to make progress. If it is not realized, or not taken seriously, we sink and decline. that is the real key to the GRIM PICTURE OF LIFE TODAY. And this phrase, HALLOWED BE THY NAME, teaches us to pray for the worthy ideal for the unassailable, holy, venerated standard. Unless they have something of supreme value, something at the center of their being which they can venerate, human beings gradually deteriorate. Human nature is so constituted that it must have something holy that it can worship, otherwise, it becomes cramped and distorted, and instead of a holy object of veneration something else will take its place…l
The WORD OF GOD should evoke and receive the great veneration this phrase suggests, praise, reverence, awe. This effects the realization of those fundamental categories of life I referred to just now. The NAME OF GOD is the HOLY OF HOLIES, THE CENTRAL SILENCE, THE THING THAT ABOVE ALL OTHERS CALLS FOR HUMBLE APPROACH. We not only ought to believe in the truth at the center of our being, in the purpose of our existence, but we should also bear testimony to this belief by the proper fulfillment of our life’s purpose. We should subjugate everything to this law of holiness and reject everything that does not harmonize with it. GOD, THE GREAT OBJECT OF HUMAN VENERATION, WILL THEN ALSO BE OUR WHOLE LIFE.
By: Father Alfred Delp, S.J. (d1945) was a German Jesuit priest condemned to death by the Nazis in Berlin, Germany.
When I read this I saw our Country today. Is it not true that the farther this Country goes from God the more we sink and decline? Since the majority of the people in this Country do not worship anyone but themselves and anything except what they themselves want, are we not deteriorating? The only solution I can see is more prayer for our Country and it’s people, that they will eventually turn back to God.
PRAYER: When we say the Our Father, we must mean every word: 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, lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. Amen.
God bless you all, Pray for this Country that it’s people will turn back to Jesus Christ our Lord.