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Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2716

May 24, 2012 by  
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Contemplative Prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Contemplative Prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Contemplative prayer is hearing the Word of God. Far from being passive, such attentiveness is the obedience of faith, the unconditional acceptance of a servant, and the loving commitment of a child. It participates in the “Yes” of the Son become servant and the Fiat of God's lowly handmaid.


“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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  • judeen

     over and over I read the bible.. (have trouble reading any way) and I could get nothing from it… tryed to read the whole bible several times.. still , I could not get nothing…
        then 1 day I prayed for the Holy Spirit , and God to help me read and understand it…  I felt it… a energy /power come down on me.. when I say out loud come Holy Spirit come in me , help me to do God s will and understand His word….. then like night and day… I understood deeply scriptures…   another time I slept on the bible.. hard time reading ,remembering that I would absorb the bible.. remember it , live it.   ( simple? none of my work. … God He can do all things… ) just ask

    • Anothernurse

      It is Journey Through The Bible by Jeff Cavins

      Awesome awesome awesome!

  • Becky Ward

    This is beautiful…..and just what I needed to ‘hear’. This one’s going in my journal!! 🙂

  • Great Commentary.  To know that God loves us unconditionally and all He asks is that we open our hearts to Him and He will fill us with Himself is humbling and awesome.

    • Just let Me love you as I want to.

  • Karmenusaliba

    He came down from heaven in water and blood.

    HIM and US in a loving conflict.

    He poured out His last blood and water from the cross after his death.

    His blood remained with us as life on earth to sanctify us.

    The water evaporated back to heaven to open the way for us and presented us to His Father, in SPIRITUAL WATER and BLOOD

    1 John 5:6This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only, but by
    water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth, that Christ is the

    1Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say,
    brethren, that flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God.






  • Mary_dhes

    I think “contemplative prayer”is more on God who is praying in me, it is letting him to work inside of us and makes our lives directed towards Him because he loves us that much.

  • mary_dhes27

    “CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER” is more on of God’s praying in me and letting him to work in me inorder to direct it towads him who love us so much.

  • Elda

    Comtemplative prayer is the prayer of the heart. It is the highest form of prayer where both you and God is just nurturing and listening to each other in silence.

  • Jennifer

    I just came back from St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo (one hour from Los Angeles, was a pentecost retreat) and Father Alered gave a talk on Listening. It was amazing. I am good at just meditating or prayer when I sit down to do it. But now, even as I am saying Our Father..during Mass or private prayer, I LISTEN .. and it’s SO PEACEFUL. I am truly sorry I can’t repeat what Fr. Aelred said. Basically, I feel I can transfer or translate the peace I have WHILE I am in front of the Blessed Sacrament or STRUCTURED contemplative prayer into MUNDANE or obligatory(sometimes it just feels that way) DAILY prayer or even just conversation with others into some sort of prayerful listening.

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