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Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2713

May 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Catechism, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Prayer, Prayer

Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2713

Contemplative prayer is the simplest expression of the mystery of prayer. It is a gift, a grace; it can be accepted only in humility and poverty. Contemplative prayer is a covenant relationship established by God within our hearts. Contemplative prayer is a communion in which the Holy Trinity conforms man, the image of God, “to his likeness.”


“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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About Dan Burke

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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  • Henry

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph, be with us on our way. Amen
    (Prayer to the Holy Family) 

    • LizEst

      Safe travels, Henry!

  • Jack Maloney

    Prayer taught me by the Christian Brothers:
    O my God, I give thee my heart.
    Grant me the grace to pass this hour
    and the rest of the day
    in thy holy love, and without offending thee.

    I will continue, O my God, to do all my actions
    for the love of Thee.

    Live, Jesus, in my heart, forever.

  • Rowenalitorja

     T H A N K F U L

    Thankful to the Lord our God that He created me.
     Having the faith, trust, love that He bestowed me.
    Acknowledging my sins and short comings.
     Nothing is impossible for Him.
    Kindness, graces and blessings,
    Full of love and compassion,
    Uniting all His Children,
     Love one another is what He is asking

    • Becky Ward


  • Mother-Earth1213

    This is the most serene aspect of communing with Divine Presence. It is the ultimate experience when you have achieved this level.

    • Dear Tinkerbell – I don’t mean to be harsh in any way but I think you may be confusing Christian contemplation with teachings out of non-Christian traditions. True Christian contemplation is not something that can be “achieved” through a prayer method or “mantra.” This document should help you find clarity and an approach that cultivates a true relationship with God rather than a mental or psychological state induced by a method…

      • Mother-Earth1213

        Dear Dan Burke, I thank you for your thoughts. I guess you are entitled to your views, that i cannot debate. However, when i said that Contemplation is the ‘most serene of communing with Divine Presence’, i meant just that. It is an experience that needs alot of discipline i.e if its 15 minutes each day in total silence only focussing on Divine Providence & saying the mantra’. This is what i had meant in my comment.

        • Dear Tinkerbell – much of what you said is very true. With respect to my opinion, though often imperfect, I think you will find it consistent with Church teaching. Are you Catholic?

          • Mother-Earth1213

            Yes I am. Born & bred. Have never looked back. (:

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