This, then, is how you should pray:
My God, my Father in Heaven!
Your name is holy.
Your kingdom is my desire.
May I do what You will for me here, as it is done in Heaven.
Provide for me what I need.
Merciful Father, forgive me in the same measure that I forgive others.
Help me steer clear of whatever separates me from You.
And call me to Your side.
Beginning with this first entry, I will undertake a series of poetic reflections on the Lord’s Prayer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the Lord’s Prayer is the summary of the entirety of the Gospel. St. Augustine wrote, “Run through all the words of the holy prayers in Sacred Scripture and I do not think that you will find anything in them that is not contained and included in the Lord’s Prayer.”
It is not my intention to re-write the words of this “perfect prayer” but, rather, to use a poetic form to illuminate and reflect on the prayer as a whole and then in each specific petition that makes up the prayer. I hope my taking poetic license leads the reader to a deeper prayer. Peace to you.