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Catechism – Contemplative Prayer – 2719

June 14, 2012 by  
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Contemplative Prayer – Catechism Paragraph 2719

CCC -- Catechism of the Catholic ChurchContemplative prayer is a communion of love bearing Life for the multitude, to the extent that it consents to abide in the night of faith. The Paschal night of the Resurrection passes through the night of the agony and the tomb – the three intense moments of the Hour of Jesus which his Spirit (and not “the flesh [which] is weak”) brings to life in prayer. We must be willing to “keep watch with [him] one hour.”


“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.”  (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

    old testement , over and over. talks about 1 person right with God can repent for them all and bring them out of slavery…
               so too is it , in front of Jesus , powerful in the blessed sacrament. we begg God for mercy for all other people… maybe we too can be that 1 person… that brings God back and respected again.. and worshiped as the only God…
                think about it…

  • The surrender to our Creator in contempletive prayer with the intent to allow the presense of the Holy Spirit to enter and be amongst our being is a wonderful practice.

    • LizEst


      • Amen, kyire elieson….

        • LizEst

          Welcome Subdeacon Stephen, Maronite Catholic!

          Yes, I checked out your blog. That’s how I found out.

  • Viterbo1240

    Needed to understand what was meant by abiding in “the night of faith” and found this beautiful quote:
    “For “Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men”: precisely on Golgotha “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (cf. Phil. 2:5-8). At the foot of the Cross Mary shares through faith in the shocking mystery of this self-emptying. This is perhaps the deepest “kenosis” of faith in human history.” Redemptoris Mater 18

    • LizEst

      Wonderful find Viterbo1240. The Church prays this prayer from Philippians ever Saturday at evening prayer. Nice tie-in in RM 18 to the night of faith. Thanks.

    • judeen

      viterbo1240 do we not do this self emptying… when we repent of our sins and turn our life around… it is more than confession,, it is the touch of the soul by God.. to change everything in us… changing our life forever… repenting of what we were are use our whole life for the glory of God.. peter when through this.. so did paul… and the possessed man that Jesus drove the demons. out of… a death ressurection and new life … one could say…. in our very souls… this is what God does here on earth to us..          just something I have been thinking about…

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