The Holy Catholic Church can help every Catholic man learn to pray through the teachings of Jesus Christ, through the rich prayer traditions of the Church, and by helping a man to focus upon prayers which have proven to be powerful. The Church urges men to develop a daily prayer habit which includes praying at specific times during the day, praying using various types of prayer, and praying using specific prayers which are considered powerful.
While every Catholic man is called to continually grow in his life of prayer by drawing on the rich treasury of prayer within the Church, the most important thing is to pray now, today, in whatever way God moves you, throughout the day. If you are not praying regularly, start today by praying basic prayers (the Glory Be, Our Father, Hail Mary, Bless us O Lord, Thanks be to God) and simply speaking to God in your own words; God loves you, God hears you, God will respond to your prayers, and the Heavens rejoice when a man turns back to God (Lk 15:7); Thanks be to God!
Praying in conversation with God, the Saints and Angels
Every man is blessed to be invited to enter into a conversation with the Almighty Father who both hears and speaks to His men through His Son and the Holy Spirit (CCC 27, 2626-2627) and through the Church of His beloved Son (CCC 79). Jesus reveals the importance of praying to the Blessed Trinity: He reveals the Our Father (Mt 6:9-13), teaches men to pray to the Son (Jn 14:6, 14), and promises to send the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:16).
As the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary deserves men’s veneration, intercedes on a man’s behalf to her Son the Lord and every Catholic man is urged to pray for the Holy Mother’s intercession (CCC 963-975, 1674, 2673-2682, 2708, 2827). The Church exhorts men to have a devotion to St. Joseph, the patron Saint of the Church and of fathers; he is the model of fatherhood chosen by God to raise His only Son.
Every Catholic man is blessed to be a member of the Communion of Saints, and as a result, is blessed to be able to have the Saints and Angels in Heaven, who gaze upon the Beatific Vision of God, intercede on his behalf (CCC 336, 956, 2642, 2683, 2692). The St. Michael Prayer offers one powerful example of how the Church encourages men to seek the intercession of the Angels.
Understanding the necessity of a daily prayer habit
The Church calls every Catholic man to build the virtuous habit to pray every day (CCC 2565, 2730) for prayer is a vital necessity (CCC 2744) because developing a rich and disciplined life of prayer is necessary to draw closer to God (CCC 2744-2745) so a man can grow in holiness and find the true and lasting happiness God promises; it is always possible to pray and always a blessing to pray (CCC 2743).
Understanding the importance of praying at set times during the day
The Church urges men to pray daily at set times (CCC 2697) and at specific places in the home or parish (CCC 2691). There are several times which the Church confirms are helpful times to pray (CCC 2698) which include prayers when first awakening from sleep, prayers prior to starting the day, prayers during the day at mid-morning, mid-day, and mid-afternoon, prayers as evening begins and prayers before falling asleep at bedtime.
Encouraging men to pray in a variety of ways
Much like a conversation with another person, conversations with God vary based on a man’s situation: prayers can be short (“Jesus”) or long (the Easter Vigil Mass); prayers can include adoration (CCC 2628), petition (CCC 2629), intercession (CCC 2634), thanksgiving (CCC 2637) and praise (CCC 2639); prayers can be expressed in different ways including vocal prayer, meditation and contemplation (CCC 2700-2719); prayers can be spontaneous or prayers can draw upon the rich historical Catholic treasury of prayers; some prayers can receive Indulgences (CCC 1478) which can help reduce the just temporal punishment of sin. Every Catholic man can be blessed by praying in a variety of ways.
Praying in the Presence of Christ in Adoration
Jesus Christ Himself is present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist and remains so after the Mass is completed (CCC 1377); the Eucharistic Host that has not been received by the faithful in the Mass is placed in the Tabernacle, a receptacle in which the consecrated Eucharist has been traditionally reserved for Communion of the sick and dying (CCC 1379). Because Christ’s Presence remains in the Host in the Tabernacle, every Catholic man has the astonishing blessing to be able to pray in the actual Presence of Jesus Christ by simply visiting his parish and drawing near the Tabernacle (CCC 1183, 1379).
The prayerful practice of “adoration” (Latin adorare, meaning to “formally call out to God in prayer”) “exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us…sets us free from evil” and is a “respectful silence in the presence of the, “ever greater” God” (CCC 2628). “The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the Sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of Adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession” (CCC 1378).
The Church calls every Catholic man to his duty to show his gratitude and love to Jesus Christ by visiting and adoring the Blessed Sacrament (CCC 1418). A Catholic man can visit any parish and be able to pray in the presence of Jesus Christ Who resides in the Tabernacle and adore Him; some parishes also have a special Adoration Chapel where Jesus is revealed in a monstrance (a sacred vessel used for exposition of the Eucharist) for perpetual adoration (all day, every day). In addition, the Church also offers various formal times of Eucharistic Adoration through the Liturgy for Exposition and Benediction of the Eucharist and through Eucharistic Processions.