Our Father and the Culture of Life

In the Our Father, we pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” These words are a cornerstone of the culture of life. After all, to say, “thy will be done” is exactly the opposite of saying, “my will be done; it’s all up to my choice.” When we see a child living in the womb, we see the will of God. The Lord does not ever make human beings by accident. Each child exists precisely because God wants that child to exist, no matter what the circumstances surrounding his or her existence.

When we say “Thy will be done,” we are expressing confidence that because God says yes to the child, so can we. He will give us all the strength we need to follow his plan.

Fr. Frank Pavone


Father Frank A. Pavone is an American Roman Catholic priest and pro-life activist. He is the National Director of Priests for Life and serves as the Chairman and Pastoral Director of Rachel's Vineyard.

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