b) God, the Father

NOTE: ‘God’ is not the same as ‘God, the Father.’ ‘God’ is best expressed in the idea of the Trinity, meaning God is God the Father AND Jesus, the Son, AND the Holy Spirit.

For that reason we have here a ‘God, the Father’ page separate from the ‘God’ page. Please see too the ‘God’ page. Thanks!

God, the Father

“Calling God ‘Abba, Father’ is a cry of the heart, a prayer welling up from our innermost feelings. It has nothing to do with naming God but everything to do with claiming God as the source of who we are.” (page 11)

—Henri J.M. Nouwen, excerpt from ‘Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom & Faith’ 1997 (see HenriNouwen.org) and seen by me reprinted in ‘Called to Life, Called to Love: Lenten Reflections from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen’

“Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will you give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

—Jesus, as quoted by Matthew (Matt 7:9-11)

 “We are allowed to say ‘Father’ because the son was our brother.”

—Pope Benedict XVI, quoting Reinhold Schneider, in his first book as Pope: ‘Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration’, 2007


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