The Lord’s Prayer – Part 4 of 10

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”

“In that kingdom of blessedness the happy life will be made perfect in the Saints as it now is in the heavenly Angels. . . . As by the Angels who are in Heaven Thy will is done so as that they have fruition of Thee, no error clouding their knowledge, no pain marring their blessedness; so may it be done by Thy Saints who are on earth. . . . ‘Thy will be done,’ is rightly understood as, ‘Thy commands be obeyed.'” -St. Augustine

“As the righteous do Thy will, so also may sinners; either by turning to Thee, or in receiving every man his just reward, which shall be in the last judgment.” -St. Augustine

“By the heaven and the earth we may understand the spirit and the flesh. . . . As the spirit does not resist God, so let the body not resist the spirit. Or, as in heaven, so in earth, as in Christ Jesus Himself, so in His Church.” -St. Augustine

“We ask not that God may do His own will, but that we may be enabled to do what He wills; . . . and that it may be done in us, we stand in need of that will, that is, of God’s aid and protection.” -St. Cyprian of Carthage

“Virtue is not of our own efforts, but of grace from above.” -St. John Chrysostom

“Observe also how carefully it is worded; He said not, Father, hallow Thy name in us. . . . Nor again, Let us hallow Thy name. . . . But He used a middle form of speech, and the impersonal verb; for as man can do nothing good without God’s aid, so neither does God work good in man unless man wills it.” -Pseudo-Chrysostom

“Enable us, O Lord, to follow the heavenly life, that whatever Thou willest, we may will also.” -St. John Chrysostom

“Since He says that the life of man after the resurrection will be like to that of Angels, it follows, that our life in this world should be so ordered with respect to that which we hope for hereafter, that living in the flesh we may not live according to the flesh. But hereby the true Physician of the souls destroys the nature of the disease, that those who have been seized with sickness, whereby they have departed from the Divine will, may forthwith be released from the disease by being joined to the Divine will. For the health of the soul is the due fulfilment of the will of God.” -St. Gregory of Nyssa

“The name of God is hallowed in the spirit, but the kingdom of God is about to come at the resurrection of the body.” -St. Augustine

Quotations from St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels Collected Out of the Works of the Fathers, Vols. I and III (Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1841-43).

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