Lord, Teach Us To Pray

A Catechesis Of Prayer
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church
And The Tradition of Carmel

Contents

  1. Lord, Teach Us To Pray (print version)
  2. Patriarchs Of Prayer (print version)
  3. The Master Prays (print version)
  4. Mary's Prayer (print version)
  5. Praying From The Heart (print version)
  6. The Prayer Of The Church (print version)
  7. Contrition, Petition, and Trials (print version)
  8. Intercessory Prayer (print version)
  9. Praise, Thanksgiving, and Joy (print version)
  10. The Our Father (print version)
  11. Authentic Vocal Prayer (print version)
  12. Means For Meditation (print version)
  13. Recollecting Within (print version)
  14. Wellsprings Of Contemplation (print version)
  15. The Practice Of Prayer (print version)
  16. Praying With Scripture (print version)
  17. Liturgy of the Hours (print version)
  18. The Holy Rosary (print version)
  19. Pilgrimages and Holy Places (print version)

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Foreword

The journey into prayer begins with the desire to get to know Jesus at a deeper level. "O God, you are my God -- for you I long!" (Psalm 63.2) To pray is to get to know Jesus -- to talk to Him, and to listen to Him. He is waiting for us to respond to His call - indeed His merciful love is yearning to forgive, to heal, and to build us up in love. Let us begin the journey of discovering the fullness of prayer in the Catholic tradition.

This booklet is based on section four of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Word of God, and the writings of the Carmelite Doctors of the Church. Each section includes references to the Catechism which you may wish to explore further. For many of the sections, there is a poem included to express the subject in a way which touches the heart.

May the Father bless our encounter with the merciful love of Jesus as the Holy Spirit guides us in our discovery of prayer. Amen.



(c) Paul Buis, 2005