…the last petition of the Our Father has so absorbed the first and second petitions that the whole prayer is summarized in it. Hearts are no longer moved by the petition “Thy kingdom come” but rather “Deliver us from evil”. The “evil” here must be taken to refer not only to wickedness (as recent interpretations of the Our Father would suggest);…

The principle evil is death, which appears as the final enemy, the enemy that stands behind all other enemies, from whom we must seek protection in the company of the Lord and his saints.

Co-Workers of the Truth: Meditations for every Day of the Year, Joseph Ratzinger, 1992

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