In this lesson we review the ways we actively develop our moral life.Preview This Lesson
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Christ did not promise us an easy life if we choose to follow Him. Instead, He gave us the way and means to overcome the sinful weight of the world: “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mt. 11:30). The way is through Christ Himself, and the means are three. For a moral life, we must feed our prayer life, our sacramental life, and our communal life.
Prayer is essential for faith because it is how we talk to God. Can you imagine being close to someone without ever talking?
There are two main forms of prayer: public and private. Private prayer consists of the prayers, big or small, that we say for our individual needs. These prayers can be said out loud or by silent meditation. Simple and spontaneous prayers that we make up are private prayers. The Holy Rosary is probably the most well known and powerful of private prayers. The Pater Noster, the Te Deum, the Anima Christi, the Memorare, and many of the familiar prayers are considered private prayers.
It is important to set aside a little time for private prayer every day. If we are not used to regular prayer, then it’s good to start small. Pray a simple blessing before breakfast and dinner. Say “thank you Jesus” when you get a good grade, a treat, or do something really fun. It is easier to start—and stick with—prayers of thanksgiving. As these prayers become habit, gradually add more prayers though the day. Make the Holy Rosary and the Daily Examen a daily habit. Take ten minutes to read Scripture. Once you get a habit started, the Holy Spirit will help you grow your prayer life.
Public prayer is the most important form of prayer, because in public prayer we join ourselves to Christ and His entire body. The goodness of God, His Church, and Our Lord’s intentions are the intentions of public prayer. The official public prayers of the Church are the Divine Liturgy and the Liturgy of the Hours (also called the Divine Office).
The Divine Liturgy is what the Latin Rite calls the Mass. The Eastern Rite calls it, simply, the Liturgy. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the prayer without equal. With every word and gesture we let ourselves go and seek to unite ourselves with Christ. As each of us participates in the Mass, and receives the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord, we become truly One Church who is united to our Head. This makes the manner of our participation very important. Paying attention to the sermon, saying the individual prayers and responses... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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