Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer – Part 4 of 12

Christ in Heaven With Four Saints by Domenico Ghirlandaio

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.

“Thy kingdom come”

“God reigns as a master in nature: the stars of the firmament, darkness and light, the winds and seas obey Him. This kingdom of God, in the order of nature, exists immutable, perfect, leaving nothing to be desired. It is not the same with his kingdom in the order of grace, and in the order of glory; we ought to ask, as well for our own interest as for the glory of God, that the kingdom of his grace and his glory may come.”

“The kingdom which we ask for first of all is that of glory—heaven. May thy kingdom of glory and happiness come for all men, may it come above all for me, O heavenly Father! May I one day be admitted into this beautiful paradise, where Thou reignest with all thy elect!”

“How glorious is this kingdom, where all the saints, who, clothed in white robes, follow the Lamb, reign in joy with Jesus Christ!”

“The kingdom of God in glory is a kingdom of peace: there all wars, all temptations, all fears will be at an end.”

“This kingdom is a kingdom of holiness: nothing defiled can enter there.”

“This kingdom is a kingdom of glory: a throne is prepared there for the children of God. To be raised upon this throne in heaven we must humble ourselves on earth. ‘Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, unless you lay aside your ambition and your pride, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven’ (Matt 18:3).”

“The kingdom of God is also the kingdom of grace. May this spiritual kingdom come, may this kingdom of grace be strengthened and extended more and more by the sanctification of our souls! May the Holy Church, the visible kingdom of grace, be maintained, and spread more and more over the whole world, for the spiritual and temporal welfare of nations!”

“The kingdom of grace is, properly speaking in souls: ‘The kingdom of God is within you’ (Luke 17:21). May the amiable kingdom of thy grace be established more and more in me! Reign, O Lord, as master within me: reign in my mind, in my understanding, in my heart, in my words, in all my senses!”

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

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