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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Praying Order

SANCTIFICETUR NOMEN TUUM. Quid a Deo petendum, quove ordine id agendum sit, ac Dominus omnium docuit et imperavit. Nam cum studii et desiderii nostri nuntia sit et interpres oratio, tum recte et ratione petimus cum postulationum ordo sequitur ordinem rerum expetendarum.

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME. The Lord of all also taught and commanded what must be asked from God, and in what order it should be done. In fact, as prayer is the messenger and the interpreter of our efforts and desires, we only ask God rightly and reasonably when the order of our requests follows the very order of things [ordo rerum, ṛta, cosmic order] as they must be asked for.


__from the Catechism of the Council of Trent, 1566

When ecumenical Hindus say that, okay, the Gospel is so cute and all, but Christians aren't just able to pray, it is comforting to remember that Christianity hasn't always been as it has been for the past fifty years.