When we pray to her, we are adhering with her to the plan of the Father, who sends his Son to save all men. Like the beloved disciple we welcome Jesus’ mother into our homes,39 for she has become the mother of all the living. We can pray with and to her. The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary and united

with it in hope.4°



2680 Prayer is primarily addressed to the Father; it can also be directed toward Jesus, particularly by the invocation of his holy name: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners.’

2681 ‘No one can say “Jesus is Lord”, except by the Holy Spirit’ (i Cor
12:3). The Church invites us to invoke the Holy Spirit as the interior Teacher of e.

2682 Because of Mary’s singular co-operation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her and to entrust supplications and praises to her.


Article 3


A cloud of witnesses

~2683 The witnesses who have preceded us into the Kingdom,4’ specially those whom the Church recognizes as saints, share in the

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ving tradition of prayer by the example of their lives, the trans—

ission of their writings and their prayer today. They contem— late God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they ave left on earth. When they entered into thejoy of their Master, ey were ‘put in charge of many things’.42 Their intercession is 956 eir most exalted service to God’s plan. We can and should ask em to intercede for us and for the whole world.
684 In the communion of saints, many and varied spiritualities 917 pave been developed throughout the history of the Churches. The ~ersonal charism of some witnesses to God’s love for men has been ~anded on, like ‘the spirit’ of Elijah to Elisha andJohn the Baptist, ~so that their followers may have a share in this spirit.43 A distinct gi~