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Title: God Calls us to Pray


1
God Calls us to Pray
  • USCCA Chapter 35
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015

2
November 14, 2015
  1. St. Thérèse of Lisieux defines prayer as a
  1. Surge of the heart.
  2. Simple look turned toward heaven.
  3. A cry of recognition and love, embracing both
    trial and joy.

3
November 14, 2015
  1. Prayer
  1. Is a vital and personal relationship with God.
  2. Is always connected to catechesis, making
    doctrine come alive.

4
November 14, 2015
  1. Scripture gives us a history of prayer.
  1. Old Testament examples include Abraham, Isaac,
    Jacob, Moses, Hannah, Esther, David and the
    Psalms and Judith.
  2. In calling God Abba, Jesus both models and
    teaches us how to pray.

5
November 14, 2015
  1. Scripture gives us a history of prayer.
  • The prayer of the New Testament Church gives us
    the basic form of praying
  • Adoration acknowledging God as the source of
    all.
  • Petition presenting our needs to God.

6
November 14, 2015
  1. Scripture gives us a history of prayer.
  • The prayer of the New Testament Church gives us
    the basic form of praying
  • Intercession praying for the needs of others.
  • Thanksgiving especially in and through the
    Eucharist.

7
November 14, 2015
  1. Scripture gives us a history of prayer.
  • The prayer of the New Testament Church gives us
    the basic form of praying
  • Praise - exulting God for who He is.

8
November 14, 2015
  1. Sources of prayer include
  1. The Scriptures.
  2. The Liturgy.
  3. Gods life living in us through the gifts of the
    theological virtues (faith, hope and love).

9
November 14, 2015
  1. Mary has a unique role in our prayer life as our
    model and intercessor.
  1. The Hail Mary gives us a Scriptural and
    ecclesial (church) model of praying with her.
  2. The rosary allows us to contemplate the key
    events in the life of Jesus with the intercession
    of Mary.

10
November 14, 2015
  1. The tradition of pray in the Church has been
    supported by
  1. Schools of spirituality.
  2. Parents and family prayer.

11
November 14, 2015
  1. The tradition of pray in the Church has been
    supported by
  1. Men and women religious.
  2. Parish religious education.

12
November 14, 2015
  1. The primary expressions of prayer are
  1. Vocal from the lips.
  2. Meditative from the mind.
  3. Contemplative from the heart.

13
November 14, 2015
8. Prayer requires work and effort. Problems in
prayer include
  1. Acedia (a form of spiritual laziness).
  2. Distractions, which reveal to us our attachments.

14
For Discussion
  1. (From the USCCA p. 461-462.) Archbishop Fulton
    Sheens life is a testimony to devotion to Jesus
    in the Blessed Sacrament. What role does
    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament have in your
    life at this time? How can you deepen your love
    for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament?
  2. How does our culture make it difficult to pray?
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