“The Course My Child…” | franciscansonthemountains

 

Daddy God, I come before you petitioning that you give us the courage to go forward with what you placed in our hearts so that we may fulfill our destinies.

Francis’ Exposition of the Our Father

O, Most Holy “Our Father”:

Creator, Redeemer, Consoler and our Saviour.

“Who is in Heaven”

In the Angels and in the Saints; enlightening them unto

Knowledge, because You, Lord, are Light; inflaming them

Unto         love, because you Lord, are love; indwelling and

Filling them unto blessedness, because You, Lord, are the

Highest Good, the Eternal One, from whom is every good

Without whom nothing is good.

“Hallowed be Your Name”

May the knowledge of You in us be made bright, so that we

May know, what is the breadth of Your benefactions, the

Length of Your promises, the sublimity of Your Majesty and

The depth of Your judgements.

Your Kingdom come:”

So that You may reign in us by grace and make us come

Unto Your kingdom, where vision of You is made manifest,

Love of You made perfect, company with You blessed,

Enjoyment of You everlasting.

“Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven:”

So that we may love You with our whole heart by thinking

Of You always, with our whole soul by desiring You always,

With our whole mind directing unto You all our intentions, by

Seeking Your honour in all things,

And with all our strength by expending all our strength and

Sense of soul and body in submission to Your love and not

In anything else;

And may we love our neighbours even as our very selves by

Drawing all to Your love to the extent of our strength, by

Rejoicing over the good things of others just as over our own

And by compassionating them in evils and by giving offence

To no one.

“ Give us this day,”

Your beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,

“ Our daily bread”         to remember and understand and

Reverence         the love, which He had for us, and those things,

Which He, said, did, or endured on our behalf.

“And forgive us our debts:”

By your ineffable mercy, through the virtue of the Passion of

Your beloved Son and by the merits and intercessions of

The Blessed Virgin and all Your elect.

“ As we also forgive our debtors:”

And what we do not fully forgive, Lord make us fully

Forgive, so that we may truly love our enemies for the sake

Of You and intercede devoutly on their behalf with you,

Rendering to none evil for evil and striving in all things to

Advance unto You.

“ And lead us not into temptation:”

Hidden or manifest, sudden or importune.

“ But deliver us from evil:”

Past present and future.

For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now

And for ever. Amen.


 

Francis had a  manner of referring to the Father which encompassed the Trinity itself, God was “Creator, Redeemer, Consoler and our Saviour”.

He prayed and found that God being in Heaven did not suffice our understanding of the portentous meaning to follow and explains what God does in the heavens. He is

“In the Angels and in the Saints; enlightening them unto…” 

He is continuing to perfect the angels as he will continue to perfect us

He is the “Highest Good, the Eternal One, from whom is every good

Without whom nothing is good.”

Holy is your Name

Francis proceeds to pray that God fills us with similar fulness of knowledge and understanding as in the heavenlies that His knowledge in us may be made bright, may be plainly understood, illuminate us. So that

His kingdom may come – and it is a kingdom wherein God reigns within us unto the point where it is a visible reality.

“Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven:”

Just as God has indwelt the angels and brought them to fullness of being so Francis prays that humanity will attain that measure of sanctity enabling us to truly walk in the ways of his Son who gave us this prayer.

And I should not need to summarise this, see how he has taken the various circumstances and prays for the ability to accomplish them through loving, desiring, seeking all things from God, for God and in God.

Finishing with the second commandment:

“Rejoicing over the good things of others just as over our own

 And by compassionating them in evils and by giving offence

 To no one.”

Give us this day our daily bread is most specifically the Body of Our Lord Jesus since Francis was a Catholic , what else, and received the Eucharist daily – there can be no other ‘Daily bread”. And in receiving it, to remember its cost.

“ Give us this day,”

because of the Passion of Christ and through the intercessions of Mary and all the elect – Francis’ Lord’s Prayer was not something to be gabbled but to be meditated on,  a conversation, converSion.

“ As we also forgive our debtors:”

Remembering that unless we can forgive our debtors that our heavenly Father cannot forgive us and so Francis prays –

And what we do not fully forgive, Lord make us fully

Forgive, so that we may truly love our enemies for the sake

Of You and intercede devoutly on their behalf with you,

Rendering to none evil for evil and striving in all things to

Advance unto You.

“ And lead us not into temptation:”

Into unexpected trials, and it is difficult to comprehend why or how God would put us to the test, but it is merely in the living that these things raise their heads – importunately

“ But deliver us from evil:”

Past present and future.

For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now

And for ever. Amen.

In Jesus all our sins are forgiven but it is in the confession and in the asking – O God be merciful for I have sinned, even though not an iota goes missing from the page without God’s knowing – we must voice it.

Br Andrew Efo

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