We must renew the practice of speaking with God; however extensive our knowledge of other languages, we must relearn the noblest use of language—that of speaking with God. To do so, we must let ourselves be guided by the traditional Christian prayers already in existence. I would like just to mention here a prayerful phrase that is especially dear to me because it seems to embody the innermost foundation and the innermost core of every conceivable prayer. I am referring to the words “our Father”, which are the source from which all further prayer flows and by which it is sustained.

Joseph Ratzinger, Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for Every Day of the Year, Ignatius Press, 1992, page 97.

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