This beautiful prayer is written by Br. Joseph Martin Hogan, OP. It first appeared on the website Dominicana
How do we pray amid Church scandals? One helpful way is to return to the basics: The Our Father. For this meditation, I’ll look to the various parts of the prayer in reverse order.
Deliver us from evil — Father, you alone are holy. You alone are pure. The evil within your Church overwhelms me. It is too much for me to understand, let alone overcome. Please purify your beloved Bride, beginning with my own heart.
Lead us not into temptation — There are many who will be tempted not just to abandon the clergy, but even you. Keep your flock close to you. Drive away the wolves of division, hatred, unbelief, and despair.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us — Father, you offer true forgiveness. You neither cover up nor condone our failings, but rather, you remove the venom of our sin and heal the wounds we inflict, uniting perfect mercy with perfect justice. Please forgive me of my own sins, but also forgive even those whom I am tempted to condemn as unforgivable. Maybe I am not yet ready to forgive them completely, but you are. Teach me to be merciful as you are merciful.
Give us this day our daily bread — There is no quick fix to this scandal. I fear it will linger and spread, even if only off and on. Please, Father, sustain us each day. Feed our souls, lest this journey of healing and correcting be too hard for us....
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by Br. Joseph Martin Hagan, OP
This first appeared on Dominicana: