078: Unpacking the Our Father

The Inner Logic of the Most Famous of All Prayers

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Parts of it should actually scare you.

All of it should inspire you.

The Our Father is the most famous of all prayers, taught to us by God himself.

And while you’ve probably droned through it a few thousand times, have you ever really dug into what you’re saying?

For a long time, I hadn’t. And my guess is it’s the same for many of you.

So in celebration of the upcoming (at least in many countries) Father’s Day holiday, I thought I’d pay homage to the Our Father on the Art of Catholic podcast, by unveiling the inner logic of Christ’s own prayer.

Because this isn’t just a prayer, it’s a deep, rich teaching that provides a window into the very identities of both God and man, and our incredible relationship.

I have a chapter devoted to this deep and beautiful prayer in my book, “Prayer Works: Getting a  Grip on Catholic Spirituality.” So I thought I’d just do a kind of audio book reading of that chapter for you.

In it, we’ll cover things like:

  • The incredible power of words
  • The scariest petition ever
  • All the forms of prayer
  • The order in which we should ask for things from God
  • The meaning and theology underlying each petition of the Our Father

After listening to this episode, my guess is that you’ll never pray the Our Father the same way again.

Happy Our Father’s Day!

Matthew

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064: Holy Week Special – Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries

The Connection Between the 3 Stages and the Rosary

Holy Week is upon us. Hasn’t Lent flown by? It seems like Ash Wednesday was just a couple weeks ago.

And oftentimes we get to this point thinking we could have done a lot more…So let’s do something about it.

In this episode of the Art of Catholic, we’re not going to just talk about theology. We’re going to enter into it. How?

By meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary as a kind of progression or maturation in the spiritual life. What do I mean by that?

Well, it seems to me that the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary are a kind of parallel to the 3 stages of the Spiritual Life: the Purgative, the Illuminative, and the Unitive Ways spoken about by spiritual giants like John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and many others.

And if you’ve never heard of those stages, no worries. I give  a brief overview of them in this episode.

I found some Scripture passages that evoke some of the spiritual fruit of the Sorrowful Mysteries and wrote short meditations about how the Mysteries relate to the spiritual life. The aim of this episode is simply to help you enter into the beautiful mystery of Holy Week in a more powerful way. We’re going to let the reality of what Jesus has done seep into our very souls.

We may be near the end of Lent, but there’s still time to prepare for a powerful encounter with the Passion, death, and resurrection of our Savior and Lord. Let’s do it!

God bless and you and have a wonderful Holy Week!

Matthew

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060: Advent-Christmas Typology Minicast

A little bit of knowledge goes a long way…especially when it comes to prayer and Scripture.

In fact, you don’t need to have any hardcore theological training or lots of letters after your name to get a lot out of prayer. That said, actually studying the Bible – what Pope Benedict XVI calls the “soul of theology” – will put your prayer life on steroids (which is still legal).

And a key to understanding Scripture is known as typology. (“Ty-what?”) Typology is a 25 cent word that shows how the people, places and events of the Old Testament point forward to the people, places, and events of the New Testament.

It shows connections.

In this episode of The Art of Catholic, I share a personal experience from my meditations the other day in my parish’s adoration chapel. I thought it a good example of how making connections (i.e. typology) in Scripture can really juice up your time with Our Lord.

In this mini-cast, I’ll focus in on the 5th Joyful Mystery (The Finding of Jesus in the Temple) and discuss:

  • Parallels between Jesus and Solomon
  • The importance of the theme of wisdom
  • Connections between Our Lady and the Queen of Sheba
  • The different levels of meaning of Temple and why Jesus went there as a 12 year old
  • Why the Magi brought Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

Happy Advent! Merry (Almost) Christmas! Happy (Almost) New Year!

Matthew

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Want to go deeper into prayer.  If you really want to understand the ins-and-outs of deep prayer: what it is, how to do it, the 3 Stages of the Spiritual Life, vocal, meditative, & contemplative prayer in the Catholic tradition – this is the book for you!

Matthew Leonard, in an engaging style, shows how ancient Catholic prayer traditions still meet the needs of today’s Catholics.”—His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

We all need help to grow spiritually…Matt Leonard shows us the way.” – Dr. Scott Hahn, author, speaker, and Professor of Scripture and Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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