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Pastor's Corner - Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Fr. Bac-Hai Viet Tran

Greetings and blessings from God!

How was your week? I hope you are enjoying these hot summer days. In lieu of my pastor comment, once again, I am printing a prayer that we chant almost every day. With everything that is going on in our world and country today, we all can use a prayer. But sometimes we do not capture the full meaning of this prayer, so here it is again. If you read it slowly, meditate on it, and reflect on it, you can get a new meaning for this simple prayer.

I Cannot Pray . . .

OUR FATHER,
I cannot say, Our, if my religion has no room for others and their needs.
I cannot say Father, if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my living.

WHO ART IN HEAVEN,
I cannot say Who art in heaven, if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME,
I cannot say Hallowed be thy name, if I, who is called by his name am not holy.

THY KINGDOM COME,
I cannot say Thy Kingdom come, if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.

THY WILL BE DONE,
I cannot say Thy will be done, if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
I cannot say on earth as it is in heaven, unless I am truly ready to give myself to his service here and now.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
I cannot say Give us this day our daily bread without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of others.

FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US,
I cannot say Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION,
I cannot say Lead us not into temptation, if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL,
I cannot say Deliver us from evil, if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.

FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM,
I cannot say for thine is the kingdom, if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

THINE IS THE POWER,
I cannot say Thine is the power, if I fear what my neighbor and friends may say or do.

THINE IS THE GLORY,
I cannot say Thine is the glory, if I am seeking my own glory first.

FOREVER,
I cannot say Forever, if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs.

AMEN,
I cannot say Amen, unless I honestly say, “Cost what it may this is my prayer.

Have a blessed week! Be happy, be healthy, be nice, be kind to one another, and wishing you a wonderful and safe summertime. Have a great week and God bless you!

Fr. Bac-Hai