‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.’9 2658 ‘Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”° Prayer, formed by the liturgical life, draws everything into the love by which we are loved in Christ and which enables us to

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respond to him by loving as he has loved us. Love is the source of

prayer; whoever draws from it reaches the summit of prayer. In the words of the Curé of Ars:
I love you, O my God, and my only desire is to love you until the last breath of my life. I love you, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving you, than live without loving you. I love you, Lord, and the only grace I ask is to love you eternally. . . My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath.”

‘Today’

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2659 We learn to pray at certain moments by hearing the Word of

the Lord and sharing in his Paschal mystery, but his Spirit is offered

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us at all times, in the events of each day, to make prayer spring up

from us. Jesus’ teaching about praying to our Father is in the same

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vein as his teaching about providence:’2 time is in the Father’s

hands; it is in the present that we encounter him, not yesterday nor tomorrow, but today: ‘O that today you would hearken to his voice! Harden not your hearts.”3 2660 Prayer in the events of each day and each moment is one of
the secrets of the Kingdom revealed to ‘little children’, to the

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servants of Christ, to the poor of the Beatitudes. It is right and

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good to pray so that the coming of the Kingdom of justice and

peace may influence the march of history, but it is just as important to bring the help of prayer into humble, everyday situations; all forms of prayer can be the leaven to which the Lord compares the Kingdom. ‘4

IN BRIEF

2661 By a living transmission — Tradition — the Holy Spirit in the Church

teaches the children of God to pray.

2662 The Word of God, the liturgy of the Church, and the virtues offaith, hope and charity are sources ofprayer.