Semester 4 - "Prayer: The Blessing Given and Received"

Our journey through the Catechism concludes with a study of the one thing needful (cf. Luke 10:42): the “vital and personal relationship” of prayer (CCC 2558).

In this fourth and final semester students will be introduced to the mystical life.

We will examine the tradition of prayer in the Old Testament, study not only what our Lord taught about prayer but also what he modeled for us, and explore the different kinds of prayer in the age of the Church.

The semester concludes with an in-depth consideration of the seven petitions of the Our Father–what St. Thomas Aquinas called “the most perfect of all prayers.”

Thus our climb up the Ladder of Ascent in the Catechism brings us to the summit of resting “in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion with him” (CCC 2565).


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