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July 1, 2019 REL Topic- Prayer, REL Asset - Prayer Card

A Guide to Summer Prayer for Catholics

The more we pray, the closer we are to God who loves us. We should be able to find time every day to pray in some way to our loving God. Download a FREE kit of various summer prayers that can be used at home or in a Catholic religious education program to encourage praying all summer long!

The more we pray, the closer we are to God who loves us. We should be able to find time every day to pray in some way to our loving God. Download a FREE kit of various summer prayers that can be used at home, in the classroom or parish to encourage  praying all summer long!

A Guide to Summer Prayer for Catholics

What is prayer?

Prayer is a conversation with God. God speaks to us in our hearts, and we listen. In prayer, we answer God in Jesus’ name. We speak to God as a Father who loves us and we lift our minds and hearts to him.

In a meeting with members of the “Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowship in Rome in the fall of 2014, Pope Francis used the metaphor of inhaling and exhaling to describe a life of prayer: “Breathing is made up of two stages: inhaling, the intake of air, and exhaling, the letting out of this air. The spiritual life is fed, nourished, by prayer and is expressed outwardly through mission: inhaling and exhaling. When we inhale, by prayer, we receive the fresh air of the Holy Spirit. When exhaling this air, we announce Jesus Christ risen by the same Spirit. No one can live without breathing. It is the same for the Christian: without praise and mission there is no Christian life.” (Address to Catholic Fraternity of the Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowship, Oct. 31, 2014)

Prayer, then, is like the inhaling of breath. The life of prayer enables us to exhale, or share God’s love in the world. Prayer strengthens our relationship with God the Father and guides us on our journey of faith.

Download a kit that will help you to pray all summer long, offering a roundup of summer prayers for summer holidays and all the moments in between.

Download a kit that will help you to pray all summer long, offering a roundup of prayers perfect for both summertime holidays and everyday moments during the summer months.

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How and why do we pray?

As Catholics, we pray by opening our hearts and minds to God. There are many ways to pray. We can pray alone or with others. We pray together in the liturgy and sacraments. When we pray, we join with Jesus and the Church. We can pray in silence or aloud. We can pray with our without words, keeping our focus on God. We can use traditional prayers, or original prayers.

Prayer is at the heart of Christian life.God is always ready to hear our prayer, and our prayer helps bring us closer to God. God wants us is to live in his friendship, love, and peace. We do this by loving God and our neighbor. When we pray for strength to know and do God’s will, our prayer is truly guided by God.

 

As Catholics, we pray by opening our hearts and minds to God.

Who and what teaches us and helps us to pray?

We learn to pray from the example of Jesus, most especially in the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus prayed to God with patience and trust.

Parents and catechists share the task of helping children to pray. Many Catholics learn their first prayers at home, from their parents. When parents pray with their children and share family prayer traditions, they enrich their children’s catechesis. The prayers that we learn as children all guide us to love and care for our families and help u understand that God is our Father and we are part of his family. From there, we learn how to love and care for others.

As the Church, we are guided by the Holy Spirit to pray. The Communion of Saints prays with us and for us. We also have God’s Word, the Church’s liturgy, and the virtues of faith, hope, and charity, which are sources of prayer.

Forms of Prayer

We are guided by the Holy Spirit to pray these forms of prayer: adoration, blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise.

  • In prayers of adoration, we show our love of God as our Creator and Savior.
  • In prayers of blessing, we dedicate someone or something to God or make something holy in God’s name. Because God blesses us with many gifts, we can pray for his blessings on people and things.
  • In prayers of petition, we ask something of God, like forgiveness.
  • In prayers of intercession, we ask for something on behalf of a person or a group of people.
  • In prayers of thanksgiving, we show our gratitude to God for all that he has given us.
  • In prayers of praise, we give glory to God for being God.

In Summary

There are many ways to pray. No matter which kind of prayer we use, God hears all of our prayers. The more we pray, the closer we are to God who loves us. We should be able to find time every day to pray in some way to our loving God.