Students will learn the importance of daily prayer at Divine Mercy. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes prayer in the following way:
"Great is the mystery of the faith!" The Church professes this mystery in the Apostles' Creed (Part One) and celebrates it in the sacramental liturgy (Part Two), so that the life of the faithful may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father (Part Three). This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer (CCC #2558).
"Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God." But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or "out of the depths" of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer. Only when we humbly acknowledge that "we do not know how to pray as we ought," are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. "Man is a beggar before God" (CCC #2559).
Students will learn the traditional Catholic prayers of the Church, such as:
- Sign of the Cross
- Our Father
- Hail Mary
- Glory Be
- Guardian Angel Prayer
- Act of Contrition
- Apostles' Creed
- Hail, Holy Queen
- Morning Offering
- Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
- Prayer Before Meals