Places favorable for prayer
The church, the house of God, is the proper place for the
liturgical prayer of the parish community. It is also the privileged
place for adoration of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed
Sacrament. The choice of a favorable place is not a matter of
indifference for true prayer.
For personal prayer, this can be a “prayer corner” with the Sacred
Scriptures and icons, in order to be there, in secret, before our
In aChristian family, this kind of little oratory fosters prayer
In regions where monasteries exist, the vocation of these commu
nities is to further the participation of the faithful in the Liturgy of
the Hours and to provide necessary solitude for more intense
Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are
traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. For
pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living
the forms of Christian prayer “in Church.”
In prayer, the pilgrim Church is associated with that
of the saints, whose intercession she asks.
The different schools of Christian spirituality share in
the living tradition of prayer and are precious guides
for the spiritual life.
The Christian family is the first place for education in
Ordained ministers, the consecrated life, catechesis,
prayer groups, and “spiritual direction” ensure assis
tance within the Church in the practice of prayer.
The most appropriate places for prayer are personal
or family oratories, monasteries, places of pilgrim
age, and above all the church, which is the proper
place for liturgical prayer for the parish community
and the privileged place for Eucharistic adoration.