Malta Minute with the Catechism: Expressions of Prayer

  • Program #: 157
  • Description: How best to express ourselves to God? Our prayer takes flesh says the Catholic Catechism, when we use mental or vocal words to talk to God who speaks to us through his Word. Our heart must be involved in prayer. We must be present to Him whom we are addressing. Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the “number of our words”, says St. John Chrysotom, “as the fervor of our souls.” Vocal prayer is essential to the Christian life. Jesus taught the perfect vocal prayer - the Our Father - to his disciples. He prayed aloud the liturgical prayers in the synagogue. He also prayed aloud personally, exultantly praising the Father as well as expressing his agony in Gethsemane. Vocal prayer fits the needs of our human nature. We are body and spirit and this need corresponds to a divine requirement. God seeks worshipers in truth and spirit. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

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