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<< Thursday, June 22, 2006 >> St. Paulinus of Nola
Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More

Sirach 48:1-14
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Psalm 97 Matthew 6:7-15
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"This is how you are to pray: Our Father..." —Matthew 6:9

When Jesus taught us to pray, he taught us to trust. That's the first thing we must do in communicating with our Father. We don't have to persuade Him. He's trying to persuade us to let Him love us. We're the reluctant ones, not our Father. We don't have to get anybody to talk to Him for us. The veil is rent (Mt 27:51). We have direct access to the Father. We need the saints to pray for us and with us. We are in the same family, and our Father is equally open to all His children.

We don't have to fast-talk God. He knows what we need before we ask Him (Mt 6:8). We don't have to ask God for a savings account, to have blessings in reserve for years to come (Lk 12:19). We can trust Him day by day for our "daily bread" (Mt 6:11). He is our Abba, our personal Dad. He holds the whole world in His hand, and He holds little me and you on His paternal lap. He has never failed or forsaken us. Even if a mother forgets her child, He will never forget us (Is 49:15). He sent His Son Jesus to die for us. What more could He do?

Trust and pray to your Abba.

Prayer: Father, why do I trust myself more than You? Forgive me.
Promise: "You are destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the Lord, to turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons." —Sir 48:10
Praise: Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More both trusted their heavenly Father even when the most powerful man they knew was dead set against them.
(You may wish to order our tapes to help you pray: Daily Prayers on audio AV 62-3 or video V-62, Married Couples Praying Together, AV 116-1 or V-116, Family Prayer on audio AV 59-1 or video V-59, Praying the Our Father, audio AV 67-3 or video V-67.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from June 1, 2006 through July 31, 2006.
†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 12, 2005.
The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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