Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer – Part 9 of 12

Christ and the Adultress by Lucas Cranach the Elder

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.

“And forgive us our trespasses”

“Our Divine Master wishes us to ask pardon of our sins, and that every day. . . . ‘If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us’ (1 John 1:8).”

“We ought to ask pardon of our sins in order to acknowledge our misery and humble ourselves before God.”

“Every day we commit some faults. . . . We must never cease to confide in his mercy.”

“We ask pardon from God, because He alone can forgive sin, He alone can justify, can purify our souls.”

“Forgive us our trespasses, that is to say, our sins; in the text of St. Matthew it is our debts: because by our sins, we have contracted towards God real debts.”

“In sin there are three distinct elements: the act which passes, the guilt which it leaves as a stain upon the soul, and the penalty which remains due. We ought to ask again and again the pardon of our sins; because, whilst effacing the guilt, God does not usually grant the entire remission of the punishment; and because this petition for pardon is an act of penance and humility very pleasing in his sight.”

“We ask the forgiveness of all our sins, mortal as well as venial, but to obtain it we must have true contrition for them; we must be sorry for them, detest them, avoid the occasions which cause us to fall into them, and make use of the necessary means to amend our lives.”

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

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