490 • Part IV. Prayer: The Faith Prayed
We conclude with the “Amen,” which means, “So be it.” We joyfully
ratify the words that Jesus has taught us (cf. CCC, no. 2856).
PRAY IN ORDER TO BELIEVE,
BELIEVE IN ORDER TO PRAY
A closer look at the
Catechism of the Catholic Church
will reveal its
method of weaving prayer into presentations of doctrine. Though cer-
tain sections have been designated as dealing specifically with prayer,
such as Part Two on the liturgy and this Part Four on prayer, there is a
contemplative spirit to the whole presentation. Identifying certain parts
with prayer does not imply some kind of false separation between doc-
trine and prayer.
1. How is the Lord’s Prayer related to the Gospel?
The Lord’s Prayer is truly the summary of the whole
Gospel. (CCC, no. 2774, citing Tertullian,
. 1: PL 1,
[It is] the quintessential prayer of the Church. (CCC,
2. What is contained in the first three petitions of the
The first series of petitions carries us toward [God], for his
will! (CCC, no. 2804)
3. What is the focus of the last four petitions of the Our Father?
The four others present our wants to him: they ask that
our lives be nourished, healed of sin, and made victorious
in the struggle of good over evil. (CCC, no. 2857)
FROM THE CATECHISM