Blog Template Theology of the Body: Prayer

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


The Church urges that "the Holy Spirit teaches the Church and recalls to her all that Jesus said also instructs her in the life of prayer, inspiring new expressions of the same basic forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise. Because God blesses the human heart, it can in return bless Him who is the source of every blessing; forgiveness, the quest for the Kingdom, and every true need are objects of the prayer of petition; prayer of intercession consists in asking on behalf of another. It knows no boundaries and extends to one's enemies. Every joy and suffering, every event and need can become the matter for thanksgiving which, sharing in that of Christ, should fill one's whole life: "Give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thess 5:18). Prayer of praise is entirely disinterested and rises to God, lauds him, and gives him glory for his own sake, quite beyond what he has done, but simply because HE IS.

On Wednesdays, we will discuss those practices of prayer which are inspired by Scripture and guided by the Church, from which every bit of our lives and work should proceed.