Expressions of Prayer
In a wonderful section on types of prayer, The
Catechism of the Catholic Church explains:
founded on the union of body and soul in human nature, associates
the body with the interior prayer of the heart, following Christ's
example of praying to his Father and teaching the Our Father to his
Meditation is a prayerful quest engaging
thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. Its goal is to make our
own in faith the subject considered, by confronting it with the
reality of our own life.
Contemplative prayer is the simple
expression of the mystery of prayer. It is a gaze of faith fixed on
Jesus, an attentiveness to the Word of God, a silent love. It
achieves real union with the prayer of Christ to the extent that it
makes us share in his mystery.
To read more about
these kinds of prayer, visit the United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops' site which includes an on-line edition of the Catechism.
to on-line Catechism.