Daily Series on the Catechism

PART IV:  CHRISTIAN PRAYER

Section One:  Prayer in the Christian Life

Chapter 2:  The Tradition of Prayer

Article 3,  Guides for Prayer (cont’d)

Places favorable for prayer

§ 2691  The Church, the house of God, is the proper place for the liturgical prayer of the parish community. It is also the privileged place for adoration of the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. The choice of a favorable place is not a matter of indifference for true prayer.

  • For personal prayer, this can be a “prayer corner” with the Sacred Scriptures and icons, in order to be there, in secret, before our Father (cf. Matthew 6:6). In a Christian family, this kind of little oratory fosters prayer in common.
  • In regions where monasteries exist, the vocation of these communities is to further the participation of the faithful in the Liturgy of the Hours and to provide necessary solitude for more intense personal prayer (cf. PC 7).
  • Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward Heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. For pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living the forms of Christian prayer “in Church.”

In Brief

§ 2692  In prayer, the pilgrim Church is associated with that of the saints, whose intercession she asks.

§ 2693  The different schools of Christian spirituality share in the living tradition of prayer and are precious guides for the spiritual life.

§ 2694  The Christian family is the first place for education in prayer.

§ 2695  Ordained ministers, the consecrated life, catechesis, prayer groups, and “spiritual direction” ensure assistance within the Church in the practice of prayer.

§ 2696  The most appropriate places for prayer are personal or family oratories, monasteries, places of pilgrimage, and above all the church, which is the proper place for liturgical prayer for the parish community and the privileged place for Eucharistic Adoration.

Tomorrow – Chapter 3: The Life of Prayer

(Part IV, Section 1 – to be continued)

[Editor’s Note:  The abbreviations in today’s posting are noted below.]

  • “cf.” – “confer [compare or refer to]”
  • “PC” – “Perfectae Caritatis [Perfect Charity]”, Vatican Council II
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A Sunday Blessing

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you!

May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace! †

(cf. Numbers 6:24-26)

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