Chapter 5 – People of Prayer


  • The title of this chapter parallels Part Four of the Catechism “Christian Prayer”. The next chapter “Prayer of the Church” paralles Part Two of the Catechism “The Celebration of the Christian Mystery”.
  • Part Four: Christian Prayer is about our personal prayer life and it based off of the Our Father
  • Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery is about group prayer, our prayer as a Church, liturgy (i.e. the sacraments)


Faith Concepts:

  • Prayer is an essential aspect of Christian living.
  • When we pray, the Holy Spirit moves us and guides us to communicate.
  • Vocal, meditation, and contemplation are the three main expressions of prayer.


Sacred Scripture:

Luke 1:46-55 (The Magnificat);
John 2:1-12 (Wedding at Cana);
Romans 8 (The Flesh and the Spirit and The Spirit intercedes for us through prayer.)

Disciple Power & Vocabulary

Disciple Power: piety
(The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are (in proper order and terminology): Wisdom and Understanding, Right Judgement and Courage, Knowledge and Reverence (i.e. piety) and Wonder and Awe of the Lord.)
Faith Vocabulary: contemplation, meditation, vocal prayer

Holy People

Saint John of the Cross,
Saint Teresa of Ávila

Catholics Believe

Catholics Believe: Nature of prayer


Prayer: The Magnificat
Prayer History: The Magnificat


Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

Part Four: Christian Prayer

U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA): pp. 461-495