NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Pope Francis illuminates the Lord’s Prayer, the most important prayer in all of Christianity, offering readers a guide to living a life of meaning, purpose and strength.
In conversation with Father Marco Pozza, a theologian and prison chaplain in Padua, Italy, Pope Francis offers unprecedented insight into Jesus’s most profound words, as he explores the importance of embracing social justice, benevolence, and forgiveness in our hearts and minds.
Looking to address the concerns and hopes of today’s men and women, Our Father: Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer is a guide to living a life full of meaning, purpose, and strength. “We need courage to pray the Our Father,” writes Pope Francis, “to truly believe that God is the Father who accompanies us, forgives us, gives us bread, is attentive to all that we ask, clothes us even better than the flowers of the field. To believe is a big risk.” Challenging this doubt and fear, he issues a call to “dare . . . help oneanother to dare.”
With excerpts from some of the Pontiff’s most cherished teachings, this beautiful work offers words of encouragement and inspiration for all who are seeking hope and direction in our often tumultuous world.
POPE FRANCIS is the first Latin American to be elected to the chair of Peter. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979. In 1998 he became the archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on February 28, 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.
“Simple, direct, deeply pastoral, funny, and spiritually wise, this book is pure Pope Francis. Anyone who seeks a deeper relationship with our Father in heaven will savor it.” — Robert Barron, Auxillary Bishop of Los Angeles and author of To Light a Fire on the Earth
"Praying with Our Father: Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer brings richer meaning to this most familiar of Christian prayers. Pope Francis offers us the splendid gift of his reflections on the richness of the Lord’s Prayer. Here we come to learn all over again that God is our Father who cares about us, our needs and desires to draw us ever closer to himself. In short, easy to read chapters, Pope Francis reflects on every line of the Our Father in a way that each of us is led more deeply into the richness of this most familiar of all Christian prayers." — Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington D.C. and author of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition
"An absolutely magnificent series of meditations on Christianity's most important prayer by one of the great spiritual masters of our time--of any time." — James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
"At the foundation of spiritual life is a fact: we are children of God. To be saved is to have the right to call God ‘Our Father.’ How good to have the words of this paternal prayer explained by the man we call ‘Holy Father.’ This book is a gift." — Mike Aquilina, EWTN host and author of Seven Revolutions
"In the magnificent world of Poetry & Hip-Hop, when someone performs a great verse it is said that 'he or she has bars.' It was beyond beautiful and enlightening to see the 'bars' of this powerful prayer broken down verse by verse by Pope Francis. Our Father feels like a warm conversation with wise friends. The height of the message grounded me. Eyes closed, my feet fell firm, my soul spoke, and my heart uncorked its distracted ears. The Spirit is present here. The words written here within the binding of this manuscript spoke to me the way I want to speak to Our Father in heaven. Scribed with peace, love was felt in each phrase. Each page, purposed in prayer, pushed me to look deeper, reflect, and be grateful. My prayers re-aimed with the sole goal of recharging the texture of our souls. At the speed of a prayer, I was reminded of how precious it is to have the unique ability of communicating with the Most High. In our heart of hearts, we all want to make it home to our Father. This book is the perfect GPS for the soul. Amen!" — J. Ivy, Performance Poet, Recording Artist, and author of Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain