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Lord, Teach us to Pray: Prayer and the Christian Way of Life
“Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples. He said to them, When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test". (Luke 11:1-4)
From this, and the other accounts of the same exchange in the Gospels, we have been given the beautiful form prayer many of us were taught as children. It is the prayer we pray at every Holy Mass, called the “Our Father.
However, Jesus is teaching us much more than one form of prayer. He is revealing to his friends and followers the relationship which is the very heart of prayer. Prayer is about relationship, about an ongoing communion with the God who reveals Himself to us.
“Lord, Teach us to Pray” is a short course on Christian prayer, taught by Deacon Keith Fournier.
It will explore the centrality of prayer in fostering this relationship. It will also explore the multiple kinds of prayer which are revealed in the Bible, encouraged by the Church and found in the Christian Tradition. Most importantly, it will bring prayer to life and life to your prayer.
Deacon Keith Fournier is the Editor in Chief and General Legal Counsel of Catholic Online. He is also the founder and President of the Common Good Foundation. He holds theology degrees from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (BA and MTS) and is currently working toward the completion of his PhD in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America.
Deacon Fournier is also a constitutional lawyer. He earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Pittsburgh and practiced law for 37 years. He was the first and founding Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice(ACLJ) where he served as co-counsel in several US Supreme Court cases. His legal and public policy work has placed him at the intersection of faith and culture. He is the author of eight books on the Christian life, marriage, family and contemporary issues of faith and culture.
The Deacon is well known in Catholic circles, as well as in the broader Christian community, for his writing, teaching, preaching, and commitment to Christian unity. Deacon Fournier and his wife Laurine have been married for 41 years. They raised five children and have seven grandchildren. Deacon Fournier has been in Christian ministry for over forty years. He was ordained as a Catholic Deacon 21 years ago.