The Lord’s Prayer

I was raised catholic. Like any good, latin american catholic I can appreciate a good Jesus joke, or a joke about the church in general.

I’ve never been one of those, “you’re going to hell if you don’t do as the church says” type of catholic. Actually, I have my own opinions on what heaven and hell are, but that’s for another post.

Since I was diagnosed with this mother fucking cancer, I’ve been getting more and more spiritual. At nights, I used to just go to sleep, but now I find myself saying prayers before falling asleep. One of the prayers that I pray is the Lord’s prayer.

You know the one, Our father, who art in heaven, Howard be thy name…”

Anyway, I do a set of prayers called a “coronilla de la misericordia” and yes, I pray in Spanish. The English name is the “Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.” It’s a novena, so you have to pray it with your rosary beads and go all the way around. It basically breaks down like this:

Coronilla de la misericordia. source:

Oh yeah, this is now a bilingual blog, so better learn some Spanish 🙂

The point of all this, is that I was talking to my wife, and she confessed to me that it hadn’t clicked in her head that the Spanish prayer “Padre Nuestro” is the same as “The Lord’s Prayer” but in Spanish. I was dumbfounded, because to me, it is very obviously the same prayer.

Maybe the reason I had no problem identifying the prayers as one and the same is because I’m so fully bilingual that it’s just obvious to me. I think it’s not obvious to her because she has to make an effort to think and speak Spanish, whereas I just speak Spanish without having to flip a switch in my brain.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share that little tidbit of information with y’all because I thought it was interesting.


Rafael is an aviation geek, a consumer advocate, a dad, a multiple personality blogger, a photographer, politically opinionated, a videographer and many other things as well.

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