source: Christ. Indeed in the Christian life there are several well— springs where Christ awaits us to enable us to drink of the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God

2653 The Church ‘forcefully and specially exhorts all the Christian faithful. . . to learn “the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ” 133 (Phil 3:8) by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures... Let them remember, however, that prayer should accompany the reading f sacred Scripture, so that a dialogue takes place between God and an. For “we speak to him when we pray; we listen to him when iioo e read the divine oracles.” ‘~ ~óS4 The spiritual writers, paraphrasing Matthew 7:7, summarize ~in this way the dispositions of the heart nourished by the Word of ~od in prayer: ‘Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; ock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by conemplation.’5 he liturgy of the Church

2655 In the sacramental liturgy of the Church, the mission of 1073 Christ and of the Holy Spirit proclaims, makes present and communicates the mystery of salvation, which is continued in the heart that prays. The spiritual writers sometimes compare the heart to an altar. Prayer internalizes and assimilates the liturgy during and after its celebration. Even when it is lived out ‘in secret’,6 prayer is ~iways prayer of the Church; it is a communion with the Holy ~rrinity .~

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6~6 One enters into prayer as one enters into the liturgy: by the 368 arrow gate of faith. Through the signs of his presence, it is the ace of the Lord that we seek and desire; it is his Word that we ant to hear and keep. 657 The Holy Spirit, who instructs us to celebrate the liturgy in xpectation of Christ’s return, teaches us to pray in hope. Conersely, the prayer of the Church and personal prayer nourish ope in us. The Psalms especially, with their concrete and varied guage, teach us to fix our hope in God: ‘I waited patiently for e LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.’8 As St Paul prayed: