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Christian Prayer

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Christian prayer is a covenant relationship between God

and man in Christ. It is the action of God and of man, springing

forth from both the Holy Spirit and ourselves, wholly directed to

the Father, in union with the human will of the Son of God made

man.

Prayer as communion

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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. The grace of the

Kingdom is “the union of the entire holy and royal Trinity . . . with

the whole human spirit.”

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Thus, the life of prayer is the habit of

being in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion

with him. This communion of life is always possible because,

through Baptism, we have already been unitedwithChrist.

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Prayer

is

Christian

insofar as it is communion with Christ and extends

throughout the Church, which is his Body. Its dimensions are those

of Christ’s love.

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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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