We have one of the disciples of John the Baptist to thank for the prayer given to us in this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 11:1-13). He asked Our Lord, saying; “Lord, teach us to pray“. In the ‘Our Father’, we are given a blueprint of how to pray, or at least, how to shape the content of our prayers.
Some people want to pray but do not know how. Methods and techniques of prayer have always been in demand and, in recent times, the variety on offer has multiplied. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, of which every committed Catholic should have a copy, gives a very good explanation on prayer and on praying (see CCC paragraph 2566 onwards…). It is the part of the Catechism that is the easiest to read, and should be compulsory reading.
Pope St John Paul II wrote that “….our Christian communities must become genuine “schools” of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly “falls in love” (Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Inuente– At the Beginning of the New Millennium)
Join us in August as the parish enters into a time of prayer on Saturday August 3rd, and later in October for 40 hours of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament (i.e. take at least a slot, an hour perhaps). Use these as occasions to learn how to lift up your hearts and minds to the Heavenly Father.