Malta Minute with the Catechism: Perfect Prayer

  • Program #: 244
  • Description: What is the perfect prayer? The prayer that was taught us by the Lord Jesus Himself....the Our Father. The Catholic Catechism cites the Our Father as “truly the summary of the whole Gospel.” St. Augustine writes: “Run through all the words of the holy prayers and I do not think you will find anything in them that is not contained and included in the Lord’s Prayer.” The Scriptures, the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms,” says the Catechism, “are all fulfilled in Christ.” This is the good news of the gospel. St. Thomas Aquinas gives equally high praise to the Our Father. “The Lord’s Prayer,” he says, is the most perfect of prayers. In it, we ask, not only, for all the things we can rightly desire, but also in the sequence that they should be desired....The rightness of our life in Jesus will depend on the rightness of our prayer. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

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