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Vocal Prayer: Catechism Paragraph 2700

December 29, 2011 by  
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Vocal Prayer: Catechism

Vocal Prayer: Catechism
Through his Word, God speaks to man. By words, mental or vocal, our prayer takes flesh. Yet it is most important that the heart should be present to him to whom we are speaking in prayer: “Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of words, but on the fervor of our souls.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church


“A catechism should faithfully and systematically present the teaching of Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition of the Church and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the spiritual heritage of the Fathers and the Church's saints, to allow for a better knowledge of the Christian mystery and for enlivening the faith of the People of God. It should take into account the doctrinal statements which down the centuries the Holy Spirit has intimated to his Church. It should also help illumine with the light of faith the new situations and problems which had not yet emerged in the past.”  (Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum on the Publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church Prepared following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, 11 October 1992)


Art for this post on vocal prayer: Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2700: Cover of the Catechism of the Catholic Church photographed by Avila Foundation team member.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Guest

    “The fervor of our souls” AMEN

  • Susan Mullan

    Sometimes it takes me quite a while to say even a decade of the Rosary, since I know the Lord wants mindfulness when I am praying…I back up every time I sense I have drifted off! Conversation with God and Mary and the Saints is much easier but I recognize the value of prayers developed over centuries in the Church. They give me something new to meditate on while praying. Each of us has a point of view circumscribed and limited by our own experiences. Set prayers break through those boundaries to new country to help transform us for Christ and His service.
    Thank God for Christ and His Church. He truly teaches us how to pray!

  • Ronald T Monteiro

    If you have an unconfessed sin your prayer will never be answered.

    • This statement, without explanation, can be a bit misleading. If it were true as stated, he would never hear the cry of the sinner or the soul who is lost but desires to be found but may not know exactly how to approach God…

    • Guest

      Oh, Ronaldo, how I wish you would read the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska – “Divine Mercy in My Soul” and read Diary Entry No.1485.  Here, Jesus Christ Himself dictated to St. Faustina how God unceasingly calls a sinful Soul to respond to Him and repent – “Conversation of the Merciful God with a Sinful Soul”…..You will realize why the Church teaches us that “God is the Hound of Heaven” who goes after every sinful soul to win it back unto Himself.

    • Eugene Cassidy

      Ronald, can you prove your assertion?

  • Eugene Cassidy

    Can the heart be present to the Lord in prayer without any words being spoken? Is this what is known as “contemplative” prayer? Thanks.

    • Dear Eugene, yes, the heart can be present to the Lord without any words. This is usually reflective of some kind of contemplative prayer. Sometimes this is the prayer of quiet which is a sort of bridge between efforts on our part and God’s blessings and sometimes this can be a quiet that God works completely on his own in our hearts. This state can also be reached via means that are not sourced in us or in God… If you are living in a state of grace and are aggressively pursuing Him in your life, then it is likely sourced in good.

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  • judeen

    how do we talk to God.. like we talk to others? have you ever talked to someone that talks so fast or looks around at other things. not interested or controls the whole coversation.. ? some times our souls talk to God to miss us so they can have a conversation… and we do not know it. say each word with meaning.. if your mind will not let you. seek the message in it for you that day… if you cant do that .. repeative prayer.. each bead think of people who needs prayer.. a group is easyer for the Father takes care of them… Ive heard.. each person .. there is a more retaliation …

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