Sunday, November 14, 2010

Catehism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

The Fourth Petition

Give us this day our daily bread.

What does this mean?

God gives daily bread
indeed without our prayer,
also to all the wicked;
but we pray in this petition
that He would lead us to know it,
and to receive our daily bread
with thanksgiving.

What, then, is meant daily bread?

Everything that belongs to the support
and wants of the body,
such as food, drink,
clothing, shoes,
house, home, field, cattle,
money, goods,
a pious spouse, pious children, pious servants,
pious and faithful rulers, good government,
good weather, peace, health,
discipline, honor,
good friends, faithful neighbors,
and the like.

Quarta Petitio

Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie.

Quae est huius petitionis sententia?

Deus dat quidem omnibus panem quotidianum,
quamvis non petamus,
etiam malis hominibus.
At nos precamur hac petitione,
ut agnoscamus hoc beneficium,
atque ita panem nostrum quotidianum
cum gratiarum actione accipiamus.

Quid autem significat panis quotidianus?

Significat omne, quod ad vitae nostraenecessitatem
ac sustentationem pertinet,
videlicet cibum, potum,
vestes, calceos,
domum, aream, agros, pecudes,
pecuniam, divitias,
probam coniugem, probos liberos, probos servos,
probum ac fidum magistratum, bonum reipublicae statum,
salubrem aerem, pacem, sanitatem,
modestiam, honorem,
bonos amicos, fidos vicinos
et id genus alia.

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