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Catechism of the Catholic Church

Places favorable for prayer

2691 The church, the house of God, is the proper place for the liturgical prayer of the parish community. It is also the privileged place for adoration of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. The choice of a favorable place is not a matter of indifference for true prayer.

- For personal prayer, this can be a "prayer corner" with the Sacred Scriptures and icons, in order to be there, in secret, before our Father. 48 In a Christian family, this kind of little oratory fosters prayer in common.

- In regions where monasteries exist, the vocation of these communities is to further the participation of the faithful in the Liturgy of the Hours and to provide necessary solitude for more intense personal prayer. 49

- Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. For pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living the forms of Christian prayer "in Church."

IN BRIEF:

2692 In prayer, the pilgrim Church is associated with that of the saints, whose intercession she asks.

2693 The different schools of Christian spirituality share in the living tradition of prayer and are precious guides for the spiritual life.

2694 The Christian family is the first place for education in prayer.

2695 Ordained ministers, the consecrated life, catechesis, prayer groups, and "spiritual direction" ensure assistance within the Church in the practice of prayer.

2696 The most appropriate places for prayer are personal or family oratories, monasteries, places of pilgrimage, and above all the church, which is the proper place for liturgical prayer for the parish community and the privileged place for Eucharistic adoration.

NOTES:

1 DV 8.

2 Cf. DV 8.

3 Jn 4:14

4 DV 25; cf. Phil 3:8; St. Ambrose, De officiis ministrorum 1, 20,88: PL 16, 50.

5 Guigo the Carthusian, Scala Paradisi: PL 40, 998.

6 Cf. Mt 6:6.

7 GILH 9.

8 Ps 40:2.

9 Rom 15:13.

10 Rom 5:5.

11 St. John Vianney, Prayer.

12 Cf. Mt 6:11, 34.

13 Ps 95:7-8.

14 Cf. Lk 13:20-21.

15 Cf. DV 10.

16 Cf. Ex 3:14; 33: 19-23; Mt 1:21.

17 Rom 10:13; Acts 2:21; 3:15-16; Gal 2:20.

18 Cf. Mk 10:46-52; Lk 18:13.

19 Cf. Mt 6:7.

20 Cf. Lk 8:15.

21 I Cor 12:3.

22 St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratio, 31, 28: PG 36, 165.

23 Cf. Lk 11:13.

24 Cf. Jn 14:17; 15:26; 16:13.

25 Roman Missal, Pentecost Sequence.

26 Byzantine Liturgy, Pentecost Vespers, Troparion.

27 Cf. Acts 1:14.

28 LG 62.

29 Cf. Lk 1:46-55.

30 Cf. Lk 1:48; Zeph 3:17b.

31 Zeph 3:14, 17a.

32 Rev 21:3.

33 Lk 1:41, 48.

34 Lk 1:45.

35 Cf. Gen 12:3.

36 Lk 1:43.

37 Lk 1:38.

38 Cf. Jn 19:27.

39 Cf. Jn 19:27.

40 Cf. LG 68-69.

41 Cf. Heb 12:1.

42 Cf. Mt 25:21.

43 Cf. 2 Kings 2:9; Lk 1:1; PC 2.

44 St. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto, 26, 62: PG 32, 184.

45 Cf. PO 4-6.

46 Cf. CT 54.

47 St. John of the Cross, The Living Flame of Love, stanza 3, 30, in The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, eds K. Kavanaugh OCD and O. Rodriguez OCD (Washington DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1979), 621.

48 Cf. Mt 6:6.

49 Cf. PC 7.

Notes:

48 Cf. Mt 6:6.

49 Cf. PC 7.

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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