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Step 3: Deciding what to pray

The Catholic Church has a rich variety of prayers on offer. The greatest prayer is the Mass, but there are many other prayers. On this webpage are organised various suggestions for prayer organised according to beginner, intermediate and advanced.

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β5 Sunday Mass

Mass is the ultimate prayer. There is no prayer that comes even close to praying the Mass. It is the "source and summit of the Christian life." (LG 11) If you are not going to Sunday Mass, then this is an essential step in growing closer to God. It is one of the precepts of the Church (the official suggested minimum requirements for being Catholic). This should be one of the first prayer choices you make.

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Step 2: How are you currently praying?

How often and of what types of prayer do you currently pray? It is a good idea to write these down in your journal. Is this prayer routine meeting your needs? If you have previously made a decision to work on a new prayer routine and have not consolidated it (it is not well established), then it might be worth to keep on working on it or come up with a better routine that is achievable and would meet your needs. 

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Step 1: Ask God for guidance

Dear Lord Jesus, thank-you for the gift of prayer and how you have worked in my life so far. I ask you to guide me as I review my life so that I will make the right decisions about deepening my prayer life. Give me the gift of prayer and perseverance. Open my mind and heart to experience your love and truth. Amen.

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Prayer Review

Every quarter of a year we should review our prayer life. If you have not done this, then please take the opportunity to do this now or at your earliest convenience. The following steps will guide you through this process. This is best accomplished when you have some time and use a journal as a part of the process.

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Prayer Review

Submitted by rjzaar on April 5, 2017 - 1:37am

This is your chance to reflect on how you are going in your prayer life, to reflect on possible prayer choices and then to make a decision about what prayer you will take on for the next quarter of a year.

Vices and Virtues

Behind every virtue is a vice. Likewise, behind every vice is a virtue that, when developed and strengthened, can overcome the vice, writes Fr. Ortega, an authority in moral behavior. In Vices and Virtues, he reveals how to leverage faults and weaknesses to forge virtues. In this three-part how-to guide, readers will get to know themselves with honesty, learn to accept themselves and their faults in humility, and begin to improve their lives by cultivating virtues. It might seem like an impossible task, but you'll have help and motivation from the highest source.

Objective Morality

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Who is St. Thomas Aquinas?

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