Session 5

In this session we will reflect on our identity as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

Our prayer to the Father should be one, not of mechanical, rote prayer, but as a son or daughter whose Father wants our good.

See the handouts in this section for some insights into the Our Father prayer and a meditation on our desire for the Father's gaze.

Alpha video - Testimony of Shane Taylor

"Father"

Before we make our own this first exclamation of the Lord's Prayer, we must humbly cleanse our hearts of certain false images drawn "from this world.".....

The purification of our hearts has to do with paternal or maternal images, stemming from our personal and cultural history, and influencing our relationship with God. God our Father transcends the categories of the created world. To impose our own ideas "upon him" would be to fabricate idols to adore or pull down. 

CCC 2779 

"The Lord's Prayer"

 

Paragraph 2766 of the Catechism states:

 

But Jesus does not give us a formula to repeat mechanically. As in every vocal prayer, it is through the Word of God that the Holy Spirit teaches the children of God to pray to their Father. Jesus not only gives us the words of our filial (filial means of sons and daughters) prayer; at the same time he gives us the Spirit by whom these words become in us "spirit and life."...

The Catechism continues that our prayer places our desires before God who searches our hearts.

Challenge questions:

How is our heavenly Father different from our earthly father?

How does your relationship with your earthly father help or hinder your perspective of God the Father?

"The Lord's Prayer"

 

Here is a short little video that takes you through the Our Father with some nice, little insights.

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