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Regarding the Our Father: Why do we keep saying, ‘Lead us not into temptation,’ when we know this is an inaccurate translation? In Spanish, the prayer is: ‘Let us not fall into temptation,’ which seems more accurate.

“The Latin Vulgate of the Roman lectionary is the basis of translations into other languages for use in the liturgy and subsequent use in devotions,” explains Colin Donovan, vice president of theology at EWTN. “The Latin text has ne nos inducas in tentationem (‘lead us not into temptation’). So the English very accurately translates the Latin text. The Latin, in turn, is based on the canonical Greek of Matthew 6:13, which has me eisenenkes (‘not bring in’ or ‘not lead in’ to temptation).

“Naturally, this raises the question: ‘In what sense does God lead us into temptation that we would ask him not to do so?’ Father of the Church St. Cyprian states that it shows ‘that the adversary can do nothing against us, unless God first permits him; so … devotion ought to be addressed to God.’ The English translation, therefore, more completely expresses what we are asking the Father to do for us, which is not simply preventing us from falling into temptation, as if temptation were outside of divine Providence unless God intervenes. Rather, God is Lord of history, so everything is provided by him, whether positively or permissibly.”

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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.