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Christian Prayer

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prayer; whoever draws from it reaches the summit of prayer. In the

words of the Curé of Ars:

I love you, Omy God, and my only desire is to love you until

the last breath of my life. I love you, O my infinitely lovable

God, and I would rather die loving you, than live without

loving you. I love you, Lord, and the only grace I ask is to

love you eternally. . . . My God, if my tongue cannot say in

every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to

you as often as I draw breath.

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“Today”

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We learn to pray at certain moments by hearing the Word

of the Lord and sharing in his Paschal mystery, but his Spirit is

offered us at all times, in the events of

each day,

to make prayer

spring up from us. Jesus’ teaching about praying to our Father is

in the same vein as his teaching about providence:

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time is in the

Father’s hands; it is in the present that we encounter him, not

yesterday nor tomorrow, but today: “O that

today

you would

hearken to his voice! Harden not your hearts.”

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Prayer in the events of each day and each moment is one of

the secrets of the kingdom revealed to “little children,” to the

servants of Christ, to the poor of the Beatitudes. It is right and good

to pray so that the coming of the kingdom of justice and peace may

influence the march of history, but it is just as important to bring the

help of prayer into humble, everyday situations; all forms of prayer

can be the leaven to which the Lord compares the kingdom.

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IN BRIEF

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By a living transmission—Tradition—the Holy Spirit

in the Church teaches the children of God to pray.

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The Word of God, the liturgy of the Church, and the

virtues of faith, hope, and charity are sources of

prayer.

11 St. John Vianney,

Prayer.

12 Cf.

Mt

6:11, 34.

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Ps

95:7-8.

14 Cf.

Lk

13:20-21.

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