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"The Art of Prayer"

Reflect on these words of Pope John Paul II  :

     "This training in holiness calls for a Christian life distinguished above all in the art of prayer. . . . But we well know that prayer cannot be taken for granted. We have to learn to pray: as it were learning this art ever anew from the lips of the Divine Master himself, like the first disciples: "Lord, teach us to pray!" (Luke 11:1). Prayer develops that conversation with Christ which makes us his intimate friends: "Abide in me and I in you" (John 15:4). . . . This reciprocity opens us, through Christ and in Christ, to contemplation of the Fatherís face. Learning this . . . and living it fully, above all in the liturgy, the summit and source of the Churchís life, but also in personal experience, is the secret of a truly vital Christianity, which has no reason to fear the future, because it returns continually to the sources and finds in them new life." 
     Novo Millennio Ineunte, 2000