“Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.” (CCC 2560)
The concept of prayer is hard to describe.
It is personal, communal, whispered, proclaimed, verbose, silent, eloquent, simple, a quick hello, a deep conversation, and many other things. While the definition of prayer may be simple - Webster defines it as “an address (such as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought” - that simplicity belies a much deeper truth. Prayer is an encounter with God, the Creator of the universe. It is an encounter with Jesus, Savior of the world. It is an encounter with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. It is very serious and reverent, focused on lofty and heavenly things, and it is casual and comfortable, barely focused and filled with minor details.
In this study, we will explore the concept of prayer in the Catechism, deepening our understanding of the meaning and practice of prayer. Even more importantly, however, we will take this understanding and use it to help us draw closer to Jesus. We can be scholars of prayer and have no faith, but as intentional practitioners of prayer, our faith and relationship with God will grow.
Draw Near Workbook
Are you looking for a deeper prayer life? Do you want to start one?
Whether you wake up an hour early, pray a daily rosary, pray on the run, or don’t have any idea how to pray, this study will help you discover the beauty of prayer and inspire you to grow closer to God through it.
Draw Near: A Study of Prayer as Presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church will help you to develop a more personal relationship with God through prayer, find a prayer style that works for your personality and life circumstances, deepen your prayer life, bring joy and new life into your prayer practices and more.
Draw Near is good for group study or individual reflection. No experience in prayer necessary.
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Draw Near Audio Sessions
In Draw Near: A Study of Prayer as Presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church Audio Lessons, Karen May guides the listener through the sometimes complex, sometimes deceptively simple, and always profound teachings of prayer in the Catechism. Filled with joy, hope, and love, each lesson offers simple and practical ways to grow in holiness and faith through the practice of prayer.
If you are looking to start your prayer life or if you want to deepen the one that you have, these lessons will inspire you to grow closer to God and develop a more personal relationship with Jesus.
These lessons are accompanied by the Draw Near: A Study of Prayer as Presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church workbook, available for purchase on Amazon.
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Draw Near Leader Guide
Are you leading a group study? The leader packet includes a downloadable leader guide and a bonus download for a six-week post-study series.
The journey of faith is a beautiful one, and it is even more beautiful when done with a community. Thank you for your role in leading a group closer to Christ.
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"Draw Near provides practiced advice on how to think about and how to create and/or improve your prayer life. It helped me to understand that I’m not alone in my struggles and challenges with tips for overcoming them."
- Draw Near Student
"This will be the study in which you fall in love with the Catechism and realize the richness of the text by getting in tune with your prayer life and realizing the varieties of ways the church offers for connection to prayer."
— Draw Near Student
Meet Karen May
I'm Karen: A Catholic writer, spiritual director and inspirational speaker. Let me help you hear the whispers of God in your life.
In faith, hope, and love we can draw near to HIm who knows us. In faith, I study scripture, in hope I give testimony, in love I connect person to person on their spiritual journey, and every day I reflect on His grace in my life.