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Catechism of the Catholic Church
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PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
The Church professes this mystery in the Apostles' Creed (Part One) and celebrates it in the sacramental liturgy (Part Two), so that the life of the faithful may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father (Part Three).
This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer.
WHAT IS PRAYER?
For me, prayer is a surge of
Prayer as God's gift
"Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of
good things from God."2
"If you knew the gift of God!"7
"You would have asked him, and he would have given you living
Prayer as covenant
Where does prayer come from?
The heart is the dwelling-place where I am, where I live; according to the
Semitic or Biblical expression, the heart is the place "to which I
Christian prayer is a covenant relationship between God and man in Christ.
Prayer as communion
In the New Covenant, prayer is the living relationship of the children of God
with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and
with the Holy Spirit.
1 St. Therese of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.
2 St. John Damascene, Defide orth. 3, 24: PG 94,1089C.
3 Ps 130:1.
4 Cf. Lk 18:9-14.
5 Rom 8:26.
6 St. Augustine, Sermo 56, 6, 9: PL 38, 381.
7 Jn 4:10.
8 Cf. St. Augustine De diversis quaestionibus octoginta tribus 64, 4: PL 40, 56.
9 Jn 4:10.
10 Jer 2:13.
11 Cf. Jn 7:37-39; 19:28; Isa 12:3; 51:1; Zech 12:10; 13:1.
12 St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratio, 16, 9: PG 35, 945.
13 Cf. Rom 6:5.
14 Cf. Eph 3:18-21.
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