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Catechism – Meditation – 2706

March 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Dan Burke, Meditation, Prayer, Prayer

Meditation — Catechism Paragraph 2706

John of the Cross 4

To meditate on what we read helps us to make it our own by confronting it with ourselves. Here, another book is opened: the book of life. We pass from thoughts to reality. To the extent that we are humble and faithful, we discover in meditation the movements that stir the heart and we are able to discern them. It is a question of acting truthfully in order to come into the light: ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?'


“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…the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the one hand repeats the old, traditional order already followed by the Catechism of St Pius V, arranging the material in four parts: the Creed, the Sacred Liturgy, with pride of place given to the sacraments, the Christian way of life, explained beginning with the Ten Commandments, and finally, Christian prayer. At the same time, however, the contents are often expressed in a new way in order to respond to the questions of our age. ”  (Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum on the Publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church Prepared following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, 11 October 1992)

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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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  • LizEst

    I tell you–that catechism is a shining jewel! Thanks Dan.

    As much as I’ve looked at the catechism, I’ve never paid that much attention to this part on meditation and prayer. Now, I see I’ve got some reading to do as there’s much more on the subject there!

    • Becky Ward


      There is an idea out there that the Catechism is too rich or too deep for ordinary people to understand, but this simply is not true.

      It’s beautiful in what it contains, how our faith is explained, and the way it is presented. It just takes a little bit of desire and practice to learn how to use it.

  • Thank you, Dan, for this timely Post in this Lenten Season.  As Becky states below, many people wrongly believe that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is too complicated.  And yet, it is written is such understandable language, with Exegeses and cross-references to the Old and New Testament and the Writings from the Church Fathers and Doctors given which makes whichever Chapter one are reading fully understood and so enriching.  I would urge any serious Catholic Faithful to make a point of reading a Section of it every day.  The Spiritual benefits will be immesurable

  • Cara

    When you are going to do a good thing, does it really matter which good thing you do? Ex: if I have a choice to volunteer in the soup kitchen or at the homeless shelter, do I really have to pray about it first? Isn’t God happy with any act of charity I do?

    • Becky Ward

      The advice I have received is this: When we must decide between two things that are good, (like your examples) do the one we least want to do.

      If you truly have no preference, then it doesn’t matter. Yes, God is happy with our acts of charity……and particularly so when in doing them we act against our own nature, preferences, and desires.

      • Clement the lesser

        Excellent response…a true act of charity, which is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit, is always good…it becomes a “great” or glorified act when we place ourselves at God’s service without reservation and embrace those acts of charity without reward or recognition. Ubi caritas et amor

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