Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer – Part 3 of 12

Continued here are Father Schouppe’s meditations on the Lord’s Prayer, based on the second manner of prayer taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola.

“Hallowed by Thy name”

“May it be known and glorified. We ask by this petition the glory of God—a glory which is the result of the holy and fitting worship paid Him by his creatures.”

“Our Divine Master does not employ the words glorified, adored, praised, but hallowed: because sanctity is the attribute dearest to the heart of God, the one which shines with the greatest lustre, and which the heavenly court celebrates by eternal hymns of praise. His sanctity is, of all his attributes, the one which God has been pleased to manifest most to men and to prepare for their imitation: ‘Be ye holy,’ says He, ‘because I am holy’ (Lv 11:44).”

“Hallowed be thy name: not mine, Lord, but yours. To God alone is due honour and glory. ‘Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to you alone is due all glory’ (Ps 113).”

“This ought to be our most ardent desire; that the true God may be known and adored by all men. Then, if I am really animated by this holy desire, ought I not, above all, avoid everything that is contrary to the glory of God, and the respect due to his holy name? Ought I not to have a horror of blasphemy, of scandal? Ought I not to make the name of the Lord glorified by every means in my power, by contributing to the Propagation of the Faith, by supporting Christian schools, by distributing good books, by patronising all works of zeal? Ought I not labour to increase in myself and others, faith, confidence in God, charity, and all that belongs to religion and religious worship? Ought I not always give a good example? ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven’ (Mt 5:16).”

“Hallowed be thy name by all men, by all Christians, priests and laymen, especially by myself, who have received so many graces. . . . O living and true God, may all come to know and adore Thee, may all the earth intone thy praise!”

Quotations from Francois Xavier Schouppe, An Easy Method of Meditation (Dublin: M. H. Gill and Son, 1883).

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