Fifty-eight most powerful words
“The fifty-eight most powerful words in the world.” is how Richard Leonard SJ describes the Lord’s Prayer, in his latest book The Law of Love.
Speaking with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications he explains the importance of the prayer by exploring such phrases as ‘give us this day our daily bread,’ and the opening world ‘father’.
He explains the importance of good translation of the prayer and cites the phrase ‘lead us not into temptation,’ as a particularly bad rendering of what is really meant.
Overall he makes a plea for brevity in prayer and homilies as exemplified by Jesus in the shortness of this world-renowned prayer that He gave to the world.