Church, provided they drink from authentic wellspnings of e. Concern for ecciesial communion is a sign of true


prayer in the Church.

2690 The Holy Spirit gives to certain of the faithful the gifts of wisdom, faith and discernment for the sake of this common good which is prayer (spiritual direction). Men and women so endowed are true servants of the living tradition of prayer. According to StJohn of the Cross, the person wishing to advance toward perfection should ‘take care into whose hands he entrusts himself, for as the master is, so will the disciple be, and as the father is so will be the son.’ And further: ‘In addition to being learned and discreet a director should be experienced... If the spiritual director has no experience of the spiritual life, he will be incapable of leading into it the souls whom God is calling to it, and he will not even understand them.’47

Places favourable for prayer

2691 The church, the house of God, is the proper place for the ii8i liturgical prayer of the parish community. It is also the privileged place for adoration of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed 2179 Sacrament. The choice of a favourable place is not a matter of 1379 indifference for true prayer. — For personal prayer, this can be a ‘prayer corner’ with the sacred Scriptures and icons, in order to be there, in secret, before our Father.~8 In a Christian family, this kind of little oratory fosters prayer in common. — In regions where monasteries exist, the vocation of these communities is to further the participation of the faithful in the Liturgy of the Hours and to 1175 provide necessary solitude for more intense personal prayer.49 — Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally 1674 very special occasions for renewal in prayer. For pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living the forms of e ‘in Church’.


2692 In prayer, the pilgrim Church is associated with that of the saints, whose intercession she asks.

2693 The d~fferent schools of Christian spirituality share in the living tradition of prayer and are precious guides for the spiritual l~fe. 2694 The Christian family is the first place for education in prayer.