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Thy Kingdom Come

Last week was an exciting time to be Catholic in the United States. Pope Benedict’s visit energized the faithful. Now what? Well, in addition to rereading and reflecting upon his various sermons and addresses, the Pope has asked us to pray. And he was very specific about how he wants us to pray:

The Pope urged the more than 58,000 people gathered in Yankee's Stadium today for the last major event of his five-day visit to pray "in the Lord’s own words: 'Thy Kingdom come.'"

"This prayer needs to shape the mind and heart of every Christian in this nation," he said. "It needs to bear fruit in the way you lead your lives and in the way you build up your families and your communities.

"It needs to create new 'settings of hope' where God’s kingdom becomes present in all its saving power."


Imagine if every Catholic household gathered every day to pray the Our Father together. Pray it as part of your grace before meals. Pray it as your bedtime prayer. But pray it together. I can’t help but believe that such a practice will strengthen our families, strengthen our communities, and strengthen our Church.

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