In light of my past few blog posts, as well as a few upcoming ones, a nice coincidence that today’s Gospel reading (Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time) has Jesus teaching his disciples how to pray. And He teaches them the Best Prayer Ever:
In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“This is how you are to pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”
Study the prayer, and try to say it as if you’ve never said it before. Sometimes when we’ve said a prayer or a popular saying too many times, it loses its meaning as it has become too familiar. Say it slowly and prayerfully, meditating or praying on each word or phrase.
Another thing you can do is to go over to the sidebar, and look up this prayer in the New Jerusalem Bible and the Douay-Rheims Bible. The translation I quoted is from the New American Bible (the “official” Bible for American Catholics.) Studying a passage in different translations may help to get a better understanding of it, by way of the slightly different perspective of the translations.Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)"The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"