Geneva, Switzerland, Jun 21, 2018 / 10:13 am
The Lord's Prayer is the prayer of the Church, confirming a person's identity as a beloved child of God, and reminding Catholics of the responsibility owed toward their brothers and sisters in Christ, Pope Francis said Thursday.
"'Our Father': these two simple words offer us a roadmap for the spiritual life," the pope said in a homily at Mass in Geneva June 21. The Mass took place at the end of a day-long trip to the Swiss city for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.
In his homily, the pope said the words "Our Father," as taught by Jesus to his disciples in the day's Gospel, reveal life's meaning and a Christian's identity: "we are God's beloved sons and daughters."
"Those words solve the problem of our isolation, our sense of being orphans," he continued. "They show us what we have to do: love God, our Father, and others, our brothers and sisters. The 'Our Father' is the prayer of us, of the Church."