Father Fryml led this morning with personal responsibility for prayer and gave each participant an opportunity to share his own prayer practices and disciplines. Following are two touchstones, one from Sacred Scripture and one from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, to guide us as we grow in that essential of Christian faith.
Matthew 6:5-14 (NABRE) – Jesus Teaching
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.
Catechism of the Catholic Church – Part Four
The Catechism of the Catholic Church has four parts:
Part One – The Profession of Faith focuses on the Creeds.
Part Two – The Celebration of the Christian Mystery focuses on the Sacraments.
Part Three – Life in Christ focuses on the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments.
Part Four – Christian Prayer focuses on understanding of prayer and the Our Father.
Below is a screen shot of the introduction to Part Four from the Vatican website. Note the key sentence following a referral to Parts One, Two, and Three of the Catechism: “This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer.”
Then follows ~ seventy pages on prayer under these major headings:
Chapter One: The Revelation of Prayer
Chapter Two: The Tradition of Prayer
Chapter Three: The Life of Prayer
And a whole section on the Our Father
And, by the way, the three-word Bible verse in the title of this post is 1 Thessalonians 5:16.