Forgive us our debts

When we return to ourselves and remember the Heavenly Father, we may rightly use these words: ‘Forgive us our debts.’ Hence, even though one be a Moses or a Samuel, or any other man of outstanding virtue, in so far as he is a man, he does not consider these words less fitting for himself, seeing that he shares Adam’s nature and participates in his exile. For since, as the Apostle says, ‘in Adam we all die,’ the words that are suited to Adam’s penance are rightly applied to all who have died with him, so that after we have been granted the remission of our sins we may again be saved by the Lord through grace, as says the Apostle (cf. Eph. 2:5). St. Gregory of Nyssa, The Lord’s Prayer.

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