Catholic prayer as a path to get closer to God in your life
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Catholic prayer as a path to get closer to God in your life

Learn how to use prayer from the Catholic tradition to better communicate with God and go beyond yourself in prayer.
4.5 (38 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,057 students enrolled
Created by John R Boyle
Last updated 3/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand different types of prayer
  • Understanding how prayer works
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Requirements
  • A minimal understanding of the concept of prayer and a desire to learn more abotu it
  • An openess to different types of prayer techniques and how they can be used in everyday life
  • An open mind to different ways to communicate wtih God and how it can be done.
Description

"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thes 16-18)

Prayer is a necessity in all faith traditions especially in the Roman Catholic tradition. Finding the best practices that work for you and understanding what prayer is and how to pray effectively will help you encounter God in your everyday life.

The course covers the basics of why do we pray and what benefits do we get from prayer. It will cover why prayer is necessary and how a person can get the most out of prayer in their everyday life.

The course covers with the fundamentals on what prayer is and why it is necessary. Then we go into the steps of prayer and stages of prayer and coming around to why it is needed in our own life and how we can incorporate pray everyday in the business of everyday day life.

Covering the different aspects, types and forms of prayer so that prayer can be easily understood and accessible to all. Often prayer is thought of a dry or a "one way conversation." Through use of a variety of methods of prayer including formal prayer, mediation and "free form" prayer. You can slowly go from one who had difficulty to the biblical mandate of "pray without ceasing".

This course is designed for people that would like to develop a prayer life in but are hesitant on where to start or what to do. We walk through the importance of prayer but also what how to prayer and the benefits from it when we take it from out hearts and out into the world.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who desires to have a more active prayer life
  • Desire to have better communication with God
  • Desire for a better prayer life
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to the course and a summary of what will be covered in the course
1 Lecture 02:44

Course introduction and the topics that will be covered in the course. So taht you can get a feel for the format of the course and what topics will be touched on for this course.

Introduction to the course and a summary of what will be covered in the course
02:44
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Prayer
5 Lectures 24:40

Prayer is more than speaking in to nothingness, but building a relationship with a God we cannot see we our eyes. The way we communicate with God is call prayer. Prayer has many aspects and knowing what you are trying to accomplish from prayer can make prayer easier and more fulfilling.

What is Prayer: It is more than just talking but communication with the divine
06:04

What is prayer quiz
4 questions

Is there a purpose to prayer? What are the benefits of prayer? How can it effect the way we interact with the world? Prayer has a purpose and benefits for us and for the world. The world is changed by our prayer and we can change our lives through a fervent prayer life. The change may be gradual at first but builds over time.

Why do we Pray: Not just for our needs but to build a relationship with our God
05:20

Why we pray quiz
2 questions

Prayer can be done individually or in a group. Both have their purpose and both are necessary for a healthy prayer life. The greatest prayer of the Catholic Church is the Mass. The concept of liturgy and ritual as prayer can seem foreign but makes perfect sense.

Types of Prayer: it not just about me and God but the community and the world
08:02

Types of prayer quiz
6 questions

Prayer goes beyond just asking for our needs but encompasses acknowledgement of our place before God and gratitude for what he continues to do for us everyday. Knowing the how to address our God will help us to get more out of our prayer and be able to grow more mature in our relatiohsip with God.

Steps to Prayer: How we can best reach our goal of feeling united with God
05:14

Steps to prayer quiz
4 questions

Short list of the most common Catholic prayer's includes:

  • The Sign of the Cross
  • The Our Father (The Lord’s Prayer)
  • The Hail Mary
  • The Glory Be
  • Hail Holy Queen
  • The Memorare
  • Apostle's Creed
  • St. Michael Prayer
  • Act of Contrition
  • Guardian Angel Prayer
  • Grace Before Meal
Common Catholic vocal prayers: List of prayer that most Catholic's are familiar
3 pages
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Stages of Prayer
2 Lectures 09:40

Most people feel that all prayer is spoken, but vocal prayer is only the tip of the iceberg. To get deeper in relationship with God we need to go beyond the voice and be transcended beyond ourself.

3 Stages of Prayer: Not just talking but taking prayer to deeper level with God
06:28

Stages of prayer quiz
2 questions

God gave us the scriptures not only as recording of salvation history but as a way to communicate with us. We can use the scripture as a prayer book to reflect on and contemplate a deeper meaning to the text. This take technique and practice, but can add new dimensions to our prayer life.

Lectio Divena: Finding God in scriptural meidations and using them everyday
03:12
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Our Prayer life
2 Lectures 13:38

Prayer is not always easy and sometimes it is can be very difficult. Spiritual dryness and feeling alone in prayer can occur to anyone. Knowing how you can overcome any prayer obstacles will help you be perseisiant in prayer and help you develope a relationship with God.

Our Prayer Life: Prayer is not just something we do but something lived everyday
08:49

Our prayer life quiz
4 questions

The Catholic Church teaches that Jesus become fully present in the Eucharist. Through this transformation we have the ability to encounter Jesus face to face in the Eucharist. This give from God allows us to grow in our spirituality by adding a Eucharistic component to our prayer life.

Adoration:Encountering Christ in the Eucharist, a powerful prayerful experience
04:49
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Summary and Wrap up
2 Lectures 05:16
Summary of what we have covered and where we can go from her to continue to grow in our prayer life. The what and why of prayer lead us to how we can incorporate it in our everyday life and grow in spirituality and closer to God.
Summary and Wrap up: We we have been and were we can go from here in prayer
04:50

Bonus Lecture: More From John Boyle
00:26
About the Instructor
John R Boyle
4.8 Average rating
59 Reviews
2,633 Students
2 Courses
Masters of Theology

I am a cradle Catholic who attended Catholic school as well as various conferences and retreats. After college and entering the "real world". I discerned that God was calling me to a different path in life. I quit may job and entered the seminary to study to be a priest. For three years I studied topics of Scripture, Church History, Liturgy, Systematic Theology and Morality. I eventually discerned with God and the Holy Spirit that I was not called to be a priest but to live out my faith in the world.

For my years of study I was able to earn a Master's Degree in Theology. I eventually got married to my wonderful wife and we have two beautiful children. I have used my theological knowledge to teach RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) as well as various classes and ministries in my local parish. I hope to use the Udemy platform to create a number of course related to theology.