“Great is the mystery of the faith!” The Church professes
this mystery in the Apostles’ Creed (
) and celebrates it in
the sacramental liturgy (
), so that the life of the faithful
may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of God
the Father (
). 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.
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.
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.”
But when we pray, do
we speak from the height of our pride and will, or “out of the
depths” of a humble and contrite heart?
He who humbles himself
will be exalted;
is the foundation of prayer. Only when
we humbly acknowledge that “we do not know how to pray as we
are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. “Man is a
beggar before God.”
1 St. Thérèse of Lisieux,
2 St. John Damascene,
De fide orth.
3, 24: PG 94, 1089C.
6 St. Augustine,
56, 6, 9: PL 38, 381.