Catholicism – Episode 09
The Life of His Love
Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
Although there is much to be gained in simply viewing the video for the series and participating in the group discussion, you may want to take your learning to a deeper level by using the resources provided below.
Below are a summary of the episode and links to a number of resources you may find helpful in preparing for this session and our group discussion.
EPISODE 9–The Life of His Love–Prayer and the Life of the Spirit: In this episode, Bishop Barron explores Catholic spirituality, which is centered on prayer. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and the heart to God.” On pilgrimage to the places where the great saints and spiritual masters lived, Bishop Barron explores the different types of prayer: contemplation; adoration; petition; and intercession. In telling the stories of Catholics like Thomas Merton, St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, Bishop Barron demonstrates how the human person can be transformed through prayer that manifests a deep, spiritual commitment centered in Christ.
- Think about a time of prayer in which you have sensed God’s presence more strongly than other times. What were those circumstances? What came out of it?
- Why do you pray? What do these spiritual masters in this session and the words of Jesus in the Gospels tell you about those reasons?