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2794. This biblical expression does not mean a place (“space”), but a way of being; it does not mean that God is distant, but majestic. Our Father is not “elsewhere”: he transcends everything we can conceive of his holiness. It is precisely because he is thrice holy that he is so close to the humble and contrite heart.

“Our Father who art in heaven” is rightly understood to mean that God is in the hearts of the just, as in his holy temple. At the same time, it means that those who pray should desire the one they invoke to dwell in them.54

“Heaven” could also be those who bear the image of the heavenly world, and in whom God dwells and tarries.55


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

442. What is implied in the affirmation of God: “I am the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:2)?

576. Is it possible to pray always?

447. How does one respect the holiness of the Name of God?

112. What is the importance of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus?

126. What place does the Resurrection of Christ occupy in our faith?

443. What is the meaning of the words of our Lord, “Adore the Lord your God and worship Him alone” (Matthew 4:10)?

467. Why is the legitimate defense of persons and of society not opposed to this norm?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What does it mean to choose godliness over the flesh, according to 1 Peter 4:1-6?

What is the importance of faith in the healing of blind Bartimaeus, described in Matthew 20:29-34?

Understanding God’s sovereignty through the Psalms (Psalm 33:6-9)

Joseph’s story: How did God use Joseph’s story to fulfill his purposes?

What does James 5:7-11 teach us about patience in times of suffering?

What does Jesus’ statement “I am the resurrection and the life” in John 11:25-26 mean?

What is the importance of reading and studying God’s law and what example can we find in the story of Ezra?