Some women have been telling us that they experience difficulty in addressing God as "Our Father". This difficulty may be caused by their having accepted the myth of "patriarchy". But it is more likely due to a failure to distinguish between the natural order and the supernatural.
God, the Heavenly Father, is our Creator, and all human beings in the natural order are His children, related to Him as children to the father in a human family. But we Christians are His adopted children. We are, in the words of St Peter, "partakers in the divine nature" (2 Peter 1: 4) sharing in the life of the Blessed Trinity.
When we address the Father in prayer, we are linked with the Eternal Son, as members of the Mystical Body, of which He is the head. Making His words our own, we address the First Person of the Holy Trinity as "Abba, Father", the person from whom He receives eternally the fullness of the Divine Nature, with all its infinite perfections.
When, in humble obedience to Christ's precept we say, "Our Father", our spirit is moving on a level infinitely above that of any human relationship, totally free of such imperfections as it may imply.
FR G.H. DUGGAN SM
Silverstream, New Zealand