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What is prayer?

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Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.”   St. John Damascene
Prayer is a covenant relationship, a living relationship between God and you.

“Heart speaks unto Heart”

Jesus invites us to seek and to knock since He himself is the door and the Way. Matthew 7:7

How do we do this?
Through our heart, our hidden centre – according to Scripture it is the heart that prays.
To love God with all your heart Mark 12:33
Did not our hearts burn within us?   Luke 24:32
God’s love has been poured into our hearts. Romans 5: 5
“Heart speaks unto Heart”   Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church section 4 on Christian Prayer and  a short catechism on prayer.

Catecheses on Christian prayer by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Listen to Bishop Robert Barron on prayer


How do I pray?

There are three main categories for prayer:

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