Lead us not into temptation

It’s one of the seven petitions in the Lord’s Prayer about which Pope Francis recently suggested may be worded better so people don’t think God might sometimes tempt us. But as Pope Benedict XVI has written, “When we pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation,’” our earnest petition admits our need for transformation, even as we beseech the Father “not to mete out more than we can bear, not to let us slip from his hands.”