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Catechism of the Catholic Church

Prayer as communion

2565 In the New Covenant, prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit. The grace of the Kingdom is "the union of the entire holy and royal Trinity . . . with the whole human spirit." 12 Thus, the life of prayer is the habit of being in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion with him. This communion of life is always possible because, through Baptism, we have already been united with Christ. 13 Prayer is Christian insofar as it is communion with Christ and extends throughout the Church, which is his Body. Its dimensions are those of Christ's love. 14

NOTES:

1 St. Therese of Lisieux, Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.

2 St. John Damascene, De fide orth. 3, 24: PG 94,1089C.

3 Ps 130:1.

4 Cf. Lk 18:9-14.

5 Rom 8:26.

6 St. Augustine, Sermo 56, 6, 9: PL 38, 381.

7 Jn 4:10.

8 Cf. St. Augustine De diversis quaestionibus octoginta tribus 64, 4: PL 40, 56.

9 Jn 4:10.

10 Jer 2:13.

11 Cf. Jn 7:37-39; 19:28; Isa 12:3; 51:1; Zech 12:10; 13:1.

12 St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratio, 16, 9: PG 35, 945.

13 Cf. Rom 6:5.

14 Cf. Eph 3:18-21.

Notes:

12 St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratio, 16, 9: PG 35, 945.

13 Cf. Rom 6:5.

14 Cf. Eph 3:18-21.

English Translation of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church for the United States of America © 1997, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.

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