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No. 0     Original Topic: Meditation on the Lord's Prayer   
By:  Sebastian990   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Jan 7, 2018 at 11:25 PM   Viewed 168 times     
"Our Father..."
Not just yours or mine but *our* Father. When our Lord Jesus taught us thus, He wanted us to bear in mind that we are brothers and sisters of the one, same Father.
~ “…love one another, as I have loved you.” (cf., Jn.15:9 –12)
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~ Some might say: “Yes, all men are brothers,… but some brothers I just don’t like.” The answer is we are not asked to like, but to love. To like is in the emotions, mere natural; while to love is in the will, super-natural.
~ To love someone is, in a mysterious way, to reveal to him or her, his innate goodness –– his true identity: as someone made in the image and likeness of God, a child of God. (cf., Michel Quoist in The Christian Response,p.115)
~ Yes, “it is impossible for me to love ‘evil’ people and people I dislike... unless, like Jesus, I see good in them. “
(Anthony de Mello, SJ:The Education.in Wellsprings, p.214 sqq ,)
~ “… every person is worthy of our giving. Not for their physical appearance, their abilities, their language, their way of thinking, or for any satisfaction that we might receive, but rather because they are God’s handiwork, his creation. God created that person in his image, and he or she reflects something of God’s glory. Every human being is the object of God’s infinite tenderness, and he himself is present in their lives. Jesus offered his precious blood on the cross for that person. Appearances notwithstanding, every person is immensely holy and deserves our love. Consequently, if I can help at least one person to have a better life, that already justifies the offering of my life.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium.274)
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No. 1     Reply: Re: Meditation on the Lord's Prayer   
By:  Devaprakash   Gender: M   Age: 73   on  Jan 8, 2018 at 12:10 AM     
Sebastian990 wrote:

"Our Father..."
Not just yours or mine but *our* Father. When our Lord Jesus taught us thus, He wanted us to bear in mind that we are brothers and sisters of the one, same Father.
~ “…love one another, as I have loved you.” (cf., Jn.15:9 –12)
*
~ Some might say: “Yes, all men are brothers,… but some brothers I just don’t like.” The answer is we are not asked to like, but to love. To like is in the emotions, mere natural; while to love is in the will, super-natural.
~ To love someone is, in a mysterious way, to reveal to him or her, his innate goodness –– his true identity: as someone made in the image and likeness of God, a child of God. (cf., Michel Quoist in The Christian Response,p.115)
~ Yes, “it is impossible for me to love ‘evil’ people and people I dislike... unless, like Jesus, I see good in them. “
(Anthony de Mello, SJ:The Education.in Wellsprings, p.214 sqq ,)
~ “… every person is worthy of our giving. Not for their physical appearance, their abilities, their language, their way of thinking, or for any satisfaction that we might receive, but rather because they are God’s handiwork, his creation. God created that person in his image, and he or she reflects something of God’s glory. Every human being is the object of God’s infinite tenderness, and he himself is present in their lives. Jesus offered his precious blood on the cross for that person. Appearances notwithstanding, every person is immensely holy and deserves our love. Consequently, if I can help at least one person to have a better life, that already justifies the offering of my life.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium.274)
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every person is immensely holy


No, one need to strive to become holy.

Matthew 5
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

1 Peter 1
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.