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Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2714

May 10, 2012 by  
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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2714
Contemplative Prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Contemplative Prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Contemplative prayer is also the pre-eminently intense time of prayer. In it the Father strengthens our inner being with power through his Spirit “that Christ may dwell in [our] hearts through faith” and we may be “grounded in love.”


“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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  • Océano

    For some years, some years ago, I experienced a permanent state in my life that I thought it was a contemplative living state, a contemplative life style. He made me feel him in every second of my live, see him in every thing and everybody and every event…feelings, feelings and emotions that of course soon left. I wanted to die and be with him, only him, my God, my Jesus, my life.
    My life has changed SO MUCH! I desire profoundly that all people, the whole world would know WHO HE REALLY IS, WHAT HE REALLY IS.
    Now I see how much waste there is of our true religion, how much is left behind in people’s lists of priorities, how much they are not taking advantage of this mind-blowing inheritance!

     Holy Mother of our Lord, pray for us!

    • judeen

      ocano, have you gone through the dark night of the soul,, or dark night of the senses? Yet…. your on a journey… and this is not all of it… you still have alot to go through , with our Lord and your spiritual walk.. alot of people stop in their spiritual growth… for they feel good right there.. but there is more… dont stop… keep going… 1 does not stay at the same place we either grow , or lose , our spiritual walk.. sharing your gifts youve been given to another who is also seeking God ,, glorifiys God.. He is real… and powerful and can change your life… Glorify God in everything.. remember nothing is of you ,, it is God a gift… God bless

  • Becky Ward

    Not sure why, but this poem by Symeon the New Theoligian comes to mind.

    We awaken in Christ’s body
    as Christ awakens our bodies,
    and my poor hand is Christ, He enters
    my foot, and is infinitely me.

    I move my hand, and wonderfully
    my hand becomes Christ, becomes all of Him
    (for God is indivisibly
    whole, seamless in His Godhood).

    I move my foot, and at once
    He appears like a flash of lightning.
    Do my words seem blasphemous? — Then
    open your heart to Him

    and let yourself receive the one
    who is opening to you so deeply.
    For if we genuinely love Him,
    we wake up inside Christ’s body

    where all our body, all over,
    every most hidden part of it,
    is realized in joy as Him,
    and He makes us, utterly, real,

    and everything that is hurt, everything
    that seemed to us dark, harsh, shameful,
    maimed, ugly, irreparably
    damaged, is in Him transformed

    and recognized as whole, as lovely,
    and radiant in His light
    he awakens as the Beloved
    in every last part of our body.

    • Océano

      Very beautiful poem…not blasphemous at all as this is His Divine Will to become one in/with Jesus and for his same purpose, his same sacrifice for all (perfect priests, victims and altars with Him) PURE, REAL LOVE at every heart beat and blink of our eyes.
      Thank you for sharing it and receive His blessings…

      • Becky Ward

        In my own journey I have had experiences that seemed blasphemous to me in my ignorance.  It is always comforting to find confirmation that others have experienced similar issues. I especially like the line immediately following the question about blasphemy.

  • judeen

    Oceano, I know what your talking about.. and the waste in our true relegion , is people not praying from their heart mind and soul.. just getting into church and leaving as fast as they can.. not trying to reach God…. but that is not the religion.. it is the people not knowing there is a deeper union with God.. some try to reach it by saying a word over and over , and so on… the catholic faith has every step to unite us with God and to Holyness… yet we need love of neighbor… more… and stop self rightousness , the sin of the pharioses…
      contemplation.. I do not know of this… but union with God ,,, a love so deep,, a life changing thing you talk about… a new you… protestents talk about this , born again, yet most do not understand its meaning…

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