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Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2715

May 17, 2012 by  
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Contemplative Prayer — Catechism Paragraph 2715

Contemplation is a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus. “I look at him and he looks at me”: this is what a certain peasant of Ars in the time of his holy curé used to say while praying before the tabernacle. This focus on Jesus is a renunciation of self. His gaze purifies our heart; the light of the countenance of Jesus illumines the eyes of our heart and teaches us to see everything in the light of his truth and his compassion for all men. Contemplation also turns its gaze on the mysteries of the life of Christ. Thus it learns the “interior knowledge of our Lord,” the more to love him and follow him.


“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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  • LizEst

    Yes, how often we gaze on the Lord…and forget he is also gazing on us.

    Something to think about: what does he see when he gazes on us? What do our hearts and souls look like?

  • The most fulfilling moments for me have been when I spend the Holy Hour, or  whenever I have an irresistible urge to go and sit before Him in the Blessed Sacrament int the Adoration Chapel, at times after the evening Holy Mass, or when my children have in panic ordered me to pray for whatever scares,uncertainties or problems they are facing…..that is where I find my Friend ready to hear whatever has sent me to Him so unexpectedly……no matter how stressed or confused I am, after that Divine encounter, I depart from Him completely at peace.  The simple certain knowledge that I am sitting before my God, and He is seeing and talking to the REAL ME, is an awesome reality. Even if I do not hear His Voice, I know He is talking to my heart and soul…when I present to Him the “earth-shaking” petitions from my children, I am absolutely convinced He will step in and do the needful…..and He has done that time and time again…..What a loving, compassionate, caring merciful God we have!!!!…….. No visit is the same….each day, each encounter, each situation is unique and elicits different feelings in my heart and very often very  surprising Blessings are granted…..never mind that sometimes my mind is just wandering all over the place…..the Reality that He is there to keep track of wherever my imaginations and thoughts are flying to and guiding me without my being even aware of it, is beyond words…..the greetings at each new “Date”is : Jesus I Trust In You

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