Author: Corey Stephan

Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer for Good Friday

All biblical quotations are from the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE). The early twentieth century French philosopher and theologian Simone Weil wrote a short essay whose title in English translation is “Concerning the Our Father.” That piece is the inspiration for my present work, which is a series of meditations on the Lord’s Prayer for Good Friday. Weil approaches the Prayer line by line, writing a separate reflection for each; I follow a similar format. At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say: Jesus, the Christ, taught us the prayer that we are...

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Hans Urs von Balthasar and Praying with the Church Fathers

In the opening chapter of his 1955 book Das Betrachtende Gebet – the title of which one could translate into English as “Contemplative Prayer” or “The Prayer that Observes” – the late Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar writes: The better a man learns to pray, the more deeply he finds that all his stammering is only an answer to God’s speaking to him; this in turn implies that any understanding between God and man must be on the basis of God’s language. It was God who spoke first, and it is only because God has expressed, “exteriorized,”...

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