515 Among the prayers recited in private or in public, there is no one more appealing than
the very one which Our Lord himself taught us, the Pater.
We find at first an insinuating exordium that puts us under the stare of
God and wins our confidence : Pater noster, qui es in caelis. The first thing to do
when we pray is to draw close to God ; now the word of Father puts us right away in
the presence of The One who is pre-eminently our Father , the Father of the Word by
generation , our Father by adoption : it is therefore the God of the Trinity
revealing Himself to us , wrapping us with the same love with which He wraps his
Son ; and , as this Father is in heaven , i.e. all powerful and the source of all
graces , we feel carried to call upon Him with an absolute confidence , since we
are of the family of God, all brothers , therefore all children of God :
Pater noster . . .
516 Then comes the object of the prayer : we ask
for all that we can wish and in the order
where we must wish it :
above all , its main goal , the glory of God ;
" hallowed be thy name " , i.e. recognized , proclaimed holy ;
then the secondary end , the increase of the reign of God within us
which prepares our entry in the kingdom of heaven ,
" thy kingdom come " ;
the essential means to reach this double end , which is the conformity
to the divine will :
" thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven "
Then come the secondary means , that belong to the second part
of the Pater ;
the positive means , our everyday bread , bread for the body and bread for the soul ,
both necessary for our sustenance and progress ; " Give us this day our daily bread , "
finally the negative means , including :
the remission of sin , the only true evil , sin that is
forgiven to us insofar as we forgive the same :
" and forgive our trespasses , as we forgive those who trespass against us " ;
the distancing / removing from trials and temptations where we would succumb ;
" And lead us not into temptation "
and finally our distancing from all types of evils , be it physical or of miseries of life ,
when they become an obstacle to our sanctification : " but deliver us from evil. Amen. "
Magnificent prayer , if any , since the whole of it points to the glory of God , yet simple and within everyone's
grasp , since , while glorifying God , we ask for all that is the most useful to us . This is why the
Fathers and the Saints were so pleased to comment on it , and the Catechism of the council of Trente
gives of it ample explanation .
517 The prayer is such a powerful tool of sanctififcation
that the Saints have repeated in emulation this proverb :
" That one can live well who can pray well ".
Ille recte novit vivere qui recte novit orare .
Prayer produces three marvellous effects indeed :
1 It detaches us from creatures
2 it completely links us with God
3 it gradually transforms us into Him ..............
Precise of Ascetic and Mystical Theology. Ad Tanqueray.
See also : The Catechism of the Catholic Church of the Second Oecumenic Council of the Vatican , Page 559 :
2759 The Lord's Prayer Our Father . . .
2763 The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect of all prayers.... In it we ask , not only for
all the things that we can rightly desire , but also in the sequence where they should be sollicited.
So that this prayer not only teaches us how to ask , but it also shapes our whole affectivity - - S. Thomas dA., s. th. 2-2, 83, 9
|2764 The rightness of our life in him will depend on the rightness of our prayer.