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What does the Catechism say about prayer?

Take a look at Part Four, Christian Prayer. In this episode, I refer to #s 2558-2565

“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart;
it is a simple look turned toward heaven,
it is a cry of recognition and of love,
embracing both trial and joy.”  St. Therese of Lisieux

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.”  St. John Damascene

2024 is a Year of Prayer

Some important points from the press conference:

  • We are asked to intensify prayer, renew and rebuild our spiritual practices
  • prayer is nourishment for the Christian life of faith, hope, and charity
  • the Church and people of God are to become a concrete sign of hope
  • let’s get back to basics

Look at your week and focus on a different type of prayer each day:

Sunday: Mass; Monday: silence; Tuesday: petition Wednesday: rosary; Thursday: thanksgiving; Friday: scripture; Saturday: Confession and contrition

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Comments

  1. Jocelyn P Lucier says

    I know that we may be aware of the 4 most common Eucharistic Prayers, but on occasion I hear the priest say they are using a different one. I think I read that there are at least 10. I would like to know them, to read and spend time on them. If you know them or know how I can get copies of them, I would appreciate it. I remember doing that as a practice in the convent so I know there is a hidden value in that. I know one is on Reconciliation.

    • Deanna Bartalini says

      There are definitly more than the 4 Eucharistic Prayers usually used at Mass. I kow there are some for children, and then for other specific purposes. I looked around online and didn’t find much. I’ll ask at church and let you know.

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