GUIDES FOR PRAYER
A cloud of witnesses
The witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom,
especially those whom the Church recognizes as saints, share in
the living tradition of prayer by the example of their lives, the
transmission of their writings, and their prayer today. They con
template God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they
have left on earth. When they entered into the joy of their Master,
they were “put in charge of many things.”
Their intercession is
their most exalted service to God’s plan. We can and should ask
them to intercede for us and for the whole world.
In the communion of saints, many and varied
have been developed throughout the history of the churches. The
personal charism of some witnesses to God’s love for men has been
handed on, like “the spirit” of Elijah to Elisha and John the Baptist,
so that their followers may have a share in this spirit.
spirituality can also arise at the point of convergence of liturgical
and theological currents, bearing witness to the integration of the
faith into a particular human environment and its history. The
different schools of Christian spirituality share in the living tradi
tion of prayer and are essential guides for the faithful. In their rich
diversity they are refractions of the one pure light of the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit is truly the dwelling of the saints and the saints
are for the Spirit a place where he dwells as in his own home,
since they offer themselves as a dwelling place for God and
are called his temple.
Servants of prayer
is the first place of education in
prayer. Based on the sacrament of marriage, the family is the “do
mestic church” where God’s children learn to pray “as the
Church” and to persevere in prayer. For young children in partic
ular, daily family prayer is the first witness of the Church’s living
memory as awakened patiently by the Holy Spirit.
1:1; PC 2.
44 St. Basil,
De Spiritu Sancto,
26, 62: PG 32, 184.