2695 Ordained ministers, the consecrated l~fe, catechesis, prayer groups and ‘spiritual direction’ ensure assistance within the Church in the practice of prayer.

2696 The most appropriate places for prayer are personal or family oratories, monasteries, places of pilgrimage, and above all the church, which is the proper place for liturgical prayerfor the parish community and the privileged place for Eucharistic adoration.


Chapter Three

THE LIFE OF PRAYER


2697 Prayer is the life of the new heart. It ought to animate us at every moment. But we tend to forget him who is our life and our all. This is why the Fathers of the spiritual life in the Deuteronomic and prophetic traditions insist that prayer is a remembrance of God often awakened by the memory of the heart: ‘We must

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remember God more often than we draw breath.” But we cannot

pray ‘at all times’ if we do not pray at specific times, consciously willing it. These are the special times of e, in both intensity and duration.
2698 The Tradition of the Church proposes to the faithful certain ii68 rhythms of praying intended to nourish continual prayer. Some are daily, such as morning and evening prayer, grace before and 1174 after meals, the Liturgy of the Hours. Sundays, centred on the

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Eucharist, are kept holy primarily by prayer. The cycle of the

liturgical year and its great feasts are also basic rhythms of the Christian’s life of prayer.
2699 The Lord leads all persons by paths and in ways pleasing to him, and each believer responds according to his heart’s resolve and the personal expressions of his prayer. However, Christian tradition has retained three major expressions of prayer: vocal, meditative and contemplative. They have one basic trait in