let us lift up our hearts

Posted by on October 28, 2015 in soul food | Comments Off on let us lift up our hearts

Reflections on the Lord's Prayer

“In order to hear the Lord’s Prayer and participate in it, it is first necessary to rid ourselves of that inner confusion, that fragmentation our attention, that spiritual sloppiness by which we constantly live… we regularly hide from everything that seems too exalted and spiritually meaningful… Indeed so much of our inner strength is directed at stifling this inner voice, which calls us to an encounter with the ultimate.” Father Alexander Schmemmann

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 When we say “Our Father”  … we find the meaning of love; and the answer to love; here lies the experience of intimacy and the joy of this experience; here faith opens into trust; and dependence yields to freedom; intimacy and ultimately unfolds as joy.  This is no longer and idea about God, but already knowledge of God. This is already communion with Him in love, in unity and trust.  This is already the beginning of knowing eternity.  For Christ himself said to the Father: “For this is eternal life, that they would know you.” (Jn 17:3)

Our Father : Father Alexander Schmemmann