Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer – Part 6 of 12

Christ in Gethsemane by Heinrich Hofmann

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.

“On earth as it is in Heaven”

“To know and fulfil the will of God is the summary of all we must do and desire here on earth: it is the greatest blessing we can wish our best friends.”

“Obedience to the divine will is good order and justice; resistance to it is disorder and sin, the source of all the evils which afflict the human race: ‘justice raises up nations, sin casts them down’ (Prov 14:34).”

“To fulfil the will of God is the foundation and the pledge of all happiness. . . . ‘If ye had obeyed my precepts, your peace would have been as a river and your justice as the waves of the sea’ (Isa 48:18).”

“He who wills nothing but what God wills always has what he desires. If the whole world were to be thrown into disorder, he would be neither affected nor troubled, because his will is united to the will of God, always equally calm and peaceful.”

“We ought to seek in heaven, amongst the saints, models to imitate, and not on earth, amongst worldlings.”

“How do the angels and saints fulfil the will of God? They do it always and with the holiest affection; they never do anything displeasing to God; they only will what God wills, namely, the salvation of souls; ‘for God,’ says the Apostle, ‘will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth’ (1 Tim 2:4).”

“How many men on earth act like the demons in hell! Having the manners of hell, the language of hell, the inclinations of hell, they bear already the character of the reprobate.”

“We ought already during this life learn the ways of heaven . . . the thoughts, the sentiments, the language of the inhabitants of paradise, in order to render ourselves worthy of being their companions.”

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

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