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  1. Avatar Dorothea Harjes says:

    Thank you for giving me these assurances of Christ’s redemption at this time, as my sister is in the process of meeting her Lord and Savior at this time. I said my farewell and prayed over her for her final journey. May the Lord release her quickly from her earthly suffering.
    In Christ’s Love,

  2. Avatar John Joseph Flanagan says:

    If memory serves me, I probably learned how to recite the “Lord’s Prayer,” at about the age of 5. It was 70 years ago. I was a Roman Catholic then, and our young first grade class learned to recite it in preparation for our first Holy Communion. One thing about a Catholic school education, you were drilled intensely on the contents of your catechism like all the other subjects. The nuns of the good Sisters of St Joseph were tough, and being an elementary school parochial student in the early 1950’s was to live a life of discipline, including an occasional slap or ruler to your little bottom.
    I can say that the “Lord ‘s Prayer,” was learned by rote, but became a lifelong practice, a focal point for most every prayer I have ever said since I learned it so long ago. Learning it was a blessing indeed. I have said it in good times and bad, recited it when I did wrong, repeated it when I was troubled, and said it when I was joyful as well. I have said it with my prayers when taking a test in school, praying to pass, and very intently prayed on the battlefield in South Vietnam in 1967-68. The “Lord’s Prayer” is not simply words, as each petition is powerful and meaningful. In my view, it is also part of my identity as a Christian. Although I have been a Lutheran now for many years, the “Lord’s Prayer,” said in the Protestant way, remains my default prayer as always. Other prayers from the heart are said as well, but it is the simplicity of the ‘Lord’s Prayer,’ which says most of what is on my mind, and reaffirms my relationship to the Lord. To me, the “Apostles’ Creed” is something I also love to recite in my head, and at church. Finally, we all know death will come to each of us, but the “Lord’s Prayer,” gives us assurance to face anything in life. Soli Deo Gloria, JJF

  3. Avatar John Joseph Flanagan says:

    Just for clarification, although Catholic elementary school education, and instructions towards first Holy Communion begins early on, I was likely around seven years old when I received communion with my classmates. However, the “Lord’s Prayer,” and the “Hail Mary” as well as the Rosary were instilled between 5 and 6 years old, to my recollection. Remember that children are like little sponges, absorbing information like water, quickly, including language skills and memorization. In the early days of the 1950’s, children were not coddled and patronized. Discipline in Catholic school was vigorously maintained, which in my view, helped us to mature early, and take our studies seriously. However, the discipline included slapping and spankings, with the full support of most parents, and this aspect was often too severe. It was a different time indeed.

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