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St. Paul exhorts us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Here are some sites to help us learn how to do that — even when we're online.
A good place to start is with Part 4 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Vatican site. It's the definitive statement on Christian prayer. Go to vatican. va/archive/ccc/index.htm.
Perhaps you prefer the old Q&A format of the Baltimore Catechism? If so, go to catholic.net/RCC/Cat echism/3/l28.html.
Brother Craig here at the monastery, who has a licentiate from the Angelicum in Rome in spiritual theology, has an article on contemplative prayer on our community's website. You'll find it at monksofadoration.org/contempl.html.
One of the degrees of contemplation is called the Prayer of Quiet, which you can learn more about in the online 1911 version of the Catholic Encyclopedia at newadvent.org/cathen/12608b. htm.
The Christian's Prayer, sponsored by the Vincentian Community at cin.org/kc26-7.html, is part of a longer series that is well worth reading.
It's always good to see what St. Thomas Aquinas has to say on prayer in his Summa Theologiae. Go to newadvent.org/summa/308300.htm.
EWTN has a page of devotional prayers at ewtn. com/devotionals/prayers/prayers.htm.
For more sites — many more — click on my links at monksofadoration.org/prayer.html.
- October 10-16, 2004