Learning to pray

March 28, 2014 by  
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Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

(I Thess 5:16-18)

Where does prayer come from? Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures, it is the whole man who prays. But in naming the source of prayer, Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or the spirit, but most often of the heart (more than a thousand times). According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2562)

Articles

How to Pray, from Beginning Catholic.com
How to Pray, the Busted Halo.com guide to 8 ways to pray
When Prayer is a Struggle, by Jennifer Hartline

Audio

Divine Office.org, for music and audio versions of the daily Office of Readings — the daily prayer of the Church
Pray-as-you-go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable MP3 players, to help you pray whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. Produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of British Jesuits and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola.
3-minute Daily Online Retreat, from LoyolaPress.com
The Morning Exam and The Evening Examen at GodInAllThings.com
The Morning Offering, CD with Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., from Apostleship of Prayer
An Evening Review, CD with Fr. James Kubicki, S.J., from Apostleship of Prayer

Blogs

Come Aside
Conversion Diary.com
, an excellent resource for insightful thoughts on prayer and faith
Our Catholic Prayers.com

Books

The Basic Book of Catholic Prayer: How to Pray and Why, by Lawrence G. Lovasik
A Prayer Book for Catholic Families, edited by Christopher Anderson
Together on Retreat: Meeting Jesus in Prayer, by James Martin
Why Bother Praying, by Richard Leonard

For additional book recommendations, visit the Prayer page in our Catholic Literature section.

Music

Angels and Saints at Ephesus and other CDs, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
Come to the Quiet, John Michael Talbot
Mater Eucharistiae CD, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Speakers

Top 100 Catholic speakers, from Brandon Vogt.com
CMG Booking, a leading resource for anyone looking to book a Catholic speaker for their next event or conference

Video

The Lord’s Prayer, video commentary with Fr. Robert Barron
Meditations for Catholic Youth
The Role of Prayer in Healing
, from CBS News Medical Mysteries series

Websites

Best Catholic Websites, by Our Sunday Visitor.org
Catechism of the Catholic Church on Prayer
Apostleship of Prayer
Common Catholic Prayers, Catholic Answers
Family Rosary.com, learn how to pray the rosary, pray an interactive rosary, light a candle and leave a prayer request, read blogs, and get daily prayers
Lectio Divina, a weekly framework for a faithful and respectful reading of the Bible, coordinated with the Catholic lectionary calendar, The American Bible Society
How to Pray the Rosary
Pray More Novenas.com
Prayer for Beginners, Peter Kreeft
Prayer for the Poor, Catholic Relief Services
Sacred Space, daily online prayer, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance 
Turning to God’s Word, a prayerful Catholic approach to Scripture through online and printed studies

 

What are your favorite prayer resources? Share your ideas in the comment box below.