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Saturday, July 16, 2005
Definition of Prayer

Prayer is defined as "the raising of one's mind and heart to God or requesting of goods from God" (CCC 2559) and this is fundamental in living the Catholic or Christian life (CCC 2745). I know that many people go into the world to do the work of the Gospel and they will always fail if they don't pray. In life we have distanced ourselves from God's love by sin, but through praying (whether at the Mass or at home or other places) we journey closer to God. Living life is much life living in a desert, but prayer is the vital rain that brings us nourishment. Just as last Sunday's Gospel reading mentioned the importance of the Sower and the Seed, we understand the seed can't grow without life and water just as we can't grow in love of God without prayer.

"Man does not live on bread alone but every Word from the mouth of God". In life, prayer is essential to freeing ourselves from sin and growing in holiness (CCC 2744), so I wanted to encourage more prayers at this blog. I also wrote a post on the conditions for prayer.

If you are looking for prayers, novenas, litanies, etc look to my page: Prayer.

Look to the Holy Bible (Douay Rheims):
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - "Pray without ceasing"
Ephesians 6:18 - "By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints"

"Whatever thou doest, offer it up to God and pray it may be for His honor and glory." -- St. Teresa of Avila.

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del_button October 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Ray Ravenpaul said...

The Name of the Lord be blessed now and forevermore.

del_button October 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Ray Ravenpaul said...

Jesus leads us to the wellspring of the Church, the prayers and works of the Saints who have gone before us.

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