At-Home Lesson#4

The Way of Prayer

Topic 4: Vital Stats [1]


Your doctor may know a lot about you: your height, weight, birth date, immunization records, blood type, etc. The school office probably has filed away all your pertinent  information, as well. For all of that, no one at the doctor’s office or the school office knows you anywhere near as well as your best friend, even if your best friend doesn’t happen to know all of your vital stats.

With God, it’s no different. Some people take the time to learn a lot about him. They may read the Bible or YOUCAT or other religious works describing God. That’s an important beginning, but it’s not what satisfies. Interior meditation, savoring God’s presence, listening to his heartbeat of love for you, that’s what satisfies. Really getting to know God and getting to be his good friend is way more important than knowing some, or even a lot, of God’s vital stats.


Read the content under YOUCAT# 500~503, 505, and 507~510 (numbers in yellow circle) from YOUCAT p.274~p.280. [2]

What Does YOUCAT Say?

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YOU Reflect

Have you ever really asked yourself, “Where does my life come from? How did I get here?”

Although it’s obvious we didn’t make ourselves, often we act as if we did. We act like we own our lives. In reality, life “does not come from ourselves but from somewhere else” (Br. Roger Schutz on p. 275 margin). The many paths of prayer all have something in common. They are the ways we receive life from the Giver of all life: God.

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What Does the Bible Say?

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YOU Chat

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YOU Challenge


Investigate the three ways of prayer described in YOUCAT. How are they alike, and how do they differ?

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Try to meditate for ten minutes each day for a week, following the brief directions of YOUCAT#502.


Check out one of the many good books on prayer. You might start with Thomas Dubay’s Prayer Primer or Peter Kreeft’s Prayer for Beginners.

References / Citations

[1] Brumley, Mark, Kersting, Jack, and George, Paul . YOUCAT Study Guide. San Francisco, Calif: Ignatius Press, 2013, pp. 73-74.

[2] Miller, Michael J, and Benedict. Youcat English: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. San Francisco, Calif: Ignatius Press, 2011.

[3] BibleGateway (online bible).