Description: When we speak of blessing in prayer, what exactly do we mean? The Catholic Catechism defines blessing as a basic movement of Christian prayer; an encounter between God and man. God’s gift and man’s acceptance of that gift are united in dialogue with each other. God blesses and the human heart can respond to bless the One who is the source of every blessing. The Catechism states that two fundamental forms express this movement. Human prayer ascends in the Holy Spirit through Christ to the Father and it implores the grace of the Holy Spirit which descends through Christ from the Father. Adoration, says the Catechism, is man’s first attitude, acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the God who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. It is the homage of the spirit to the King of Glory. This is Peggy Stanton and this, etc.