"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." - Luke 11: 9-10

祈祷是我们与天主沟通的方式 Communicating with God

教会的祈祷生活,通常有三个主要的表达方式:口祷、默想和心祷。三者的共通之处,是收敛心神。祈祷是天主与人在基督内结盟的关系。它是天主的行动,也是人的行动;它发自圣神,也出自信友们与降生成人的天主圣子的人性意愿相结合,而完全指向天主圣父。

祈祷是举心归向天主,同天主说话,虔诚的表达信友的心意、或赞颂、或感谢、或忏悔、或求助。因为我们相信天主是我们的慈父,是以儿女之情向天主慈父表达我们的心意。

Prayer is an act from God, but also human action; it is from the Holy Spirit, but also the determination of the faithful and God ‘s Will to humanity combined. Prayer brings God and man together in relationship. In engaging in prayer to God, there are three main means of expression: oral prayer, meditation, and prayer from the heart. In prayer,  we lift our hearts unto God, speak to God, give our pious expressions of our mind, praise or thanks, repent, or ask for help. Because we believe that God is our loving Father, we as His children can express our love and reveal our hearts to God. In turn, God reveals Himself to us in scripture, meditation, and through our daily life.

祈祷的泉源 Encountering God

圣经、圣传与信望爱三德是祈祷的泉源。圣经是天主的圣言,信友读圣经即是听天主说话并进入祈祷的境界。基督和圣神的使命即是在教会的圣事礼仪中宣报,并实现救恩的奥蹟到人的心中,引人祈祷;信友为进入祈祷,必须对天主先怀有信望爱三德。

There are different ways that can encourage encounters with God. Scripture, our Catholic traditions and religious activities, our encounter with others and activities in our daily lives are some of these sources. The Bible is the Word of God and is a source of prayer and meditation. When we read the Bible, we are listening to God speak and it is a form of His communication with us. Meditating on traditional Catholic prayers, praying the Rosary, and having a prayerful heart and mind during the celebration of Mass are also great sources. Religious activities such as music worship or religious art are also sources. These sources provide a good environment to encourage an encounter with God and gives us the proper mindset in order for us to hear God. This kind of environment and mindset can be brought into everyday life. The activities you do along with the people you interact with can be sources for you to encounter God when you are in a prayerful heart and mindset.

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