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Malta Minute with the Catechism

Malta Minute with the Catechism: When Does Jesus Teach Us to Pray?

  • Program #: 227
  • Description: When does Jesus teach us to pray? According to the Catholic Catechism, whenever Jesus prays, He is teaching us how to pray. His prayer to his Father is the path of faith, hope and charity to God. In the gospels, however, Jesus also gives us his explicit teaching on prayer,leading us wisely and progressively from where we are - toward the Father. Jesus used this approach with the crowds who were following Him, building on what they already knew from the old Covenant, opening them to the newness of the coming Kingdom,renewing this newness in parables and finally speaking openly of the Father to his disciples who will teach prayer in his Church. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

Malta Minute with the Catechism: Three Parables About Prayer

  • Program #: 226
  • Description: What are the three parables Jesus tells about prayer in St. Luke’s gospel? The first is what the Catholic Catechism calls, “the importunate friend”. This is the friend who wakes a pal at midnight in order to borrow 3 loaves of bread to feed a visitor. The second parable the Catechism labels the “importunate widow” who persistently pleads for her rights from a reluctant Judge till the wearied Judge rules in her favor. This parable illustrates the need to pray always and with the patience of faith. Jesus closes this parable with the poignant question: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find any faith on the earth?” The third parable centers on the Pharisee and the Tax collector commending the Tax collector for his humility because he asks God, to “be merciful to me, a sinner”; a prayer which the Church adopts as its own, when it prays, “Lord have mercy” during the Mass. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Origin of the Rainbow

  • Program #: 225
  • Description: Do you know the origin of the rainbow? According to the Catholic Catechism, the first rainbow occurred after the flood when God established a covenant with Noah and his descendants. The rainbow was God’s pictorial reminder to both God and man. God tells Noah in Genesis, 9- vs. 8-16, “This is the sign I am giving for all ages to come of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you. I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings so that the waters will never again be a flood to destroy all mortal beings....” Little wonder a vivid Valentine from our creator so excites our eyes. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Universal Call to Prayer

  • Program #: 224
  • Description: Is there a universal call to prayer? The Catholic Catechism tells us man is in search of God. God, in the act of creation, called every being into existence from nothingness. Even after man sinned and lost his likeness to God, he remained an image of his Creator and never lost his desire for the One who called him into existence. All religions attest to man’s essential search for God. The Catechism points out, however, that God calls us, first, to that mysterious encounter - prayer. God always initiates. Man’s first step in the process is to respond. Prayer is a reciprocal call. Throughout the whole history of salvation, the covenant drama unfolds. the revelation of prayer in the Old Testament comes between the fall and the restoration of man. Prayer is the relationship with God in historical events. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

Malta Minute with the Catechism: Prayer in the Old Testament

  • Program #: 223
  • Description: Where is prayer revealed in the Bible? The Catholic Catechism says it comes between the fall and the restoration of man: between God's sorrowful call to our first parents, Where are you? ... What have you done?” and the coming of his only son into the world. “Lo, I have come to do your will," says the Lord. Prayer is intertwined with human history. Beginning with Abraham, the Catechism asserts, prayer is first revealed in the Old Testament. God calls Abraham in old age to leave Haran and travel to the land of Canaan. And Abraham, in faith, leaves the land of his ancestors. Then Abraham extends generous hospitality during a remarkable encounter with God at Mame which foreshadows the Annunciation of Christ, the Son of Promise. Finally, Abraham offers his only son Isaac in sacrifice and God who will not spare his only son, spares Abraham's. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Master of Prayer

  • Program #: 222
  • Description: How did the Apostles learn to pray? By observing their Leader -the Master of prayer - Jesus Christ. The Catholic Catechism reminds us that Jesus often drew apart ...frequently at night on a mountaintop to pray in solitude. He includes everyone in his prayer for he has taken on humanity in his incarnation and he offers us all to the Father when he offers himself. By his human prayer, the Word who has become flesh shares in all that his “brethren” experience. He sympathizes with our weakness in order to free us. Thanksgiving precedes Jesus’ prayer as in the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Before the miracle,Jesus prays, “Father, I thank you for having heard me,” which implies, that the Father always hear his petitions. It implies, too, that Jesus continually made petitions. Jesus also reveals HOW to ASK. Say thank you BEFORE the gift is given. This Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

Malta Minute with the Catechism: Jesus’ Unique Priestly Prayer

  • Program #: 221
  • Description: How is the priestly prayer of Jesus unique in the economy of salvation? According to the Catholic Catechism, it is unique because it reveals the ever present prayer of Jesus and at the same time contains what Jesus teaches us about our prayer to Our Father. As Jesus fulfills his Father’s plan of love, he gives us a glimpse of the depth of his filial prayer when he agonizes in the Garden, “Abba, not my will, but thine....”His last words on the Cross exhibit prayer and gift of self as one when he says, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”...Later, with a loud cry, he surrenders his spirit. “All the troubles for all times,” states the Catechism, “of humanity enslaved by sin and death, all the petitions and intercessions of salvation history are summed up in this cry of the incarnate Word....who becomes the source of salvation to all who obey Him.” This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

Malta Minute with the Catechism: Jesus Prays

  • Program #: 220
  • Description: Where is the drama of prayer fully revealed? The Catholic Catechism tells us it is first revealed to us by observing Jesus Christ - the Word of God - in prayer; then by hearing how He teaches us to pray, in order to realize how He hears our prayer. Jesus learned to pray in his human heart under the guidance of his Mother. He learns the rhythms of the prayers of his people in the synagogue at Nazareth and the temple in Jerusalem. But at the age of 12, he makes known that his prayer springs from an otherwise secret source - his relationship with God the Father. For example, He tells his earthly parents, that He must be about his heavenly Father’s business. Luke’s gospel emphasizes that before all the decisive moments of Jesus’ mission - his Baptism, his Transfiguration, his Passion, he prays - humbly committing his will to his Father’s. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

Malta Minute with the Catechism: Filial Boldness

  • Program #: 219
  • Description: What does the Catholic Catechism mean when it says, Jesus teaches us to pray with filial boldness?Filial boldness means praying like the son or daughter that we are. “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it and you will,” Jesus says. The key is the faith that does not doubt. Jesus was disheartened by his neighbors and his own disciples’ lack of faith. He greatly admired the great faith exhibited by the Roman centurion and the Canaanite woman. Of what does the prayer of faith consist? It contains the disposition of heart to do the will of the Father - a concern for cooperating with the divine plan. In Jesus, the Kingdom of God is at hand. In addition to conversion and faith, Jesus calls us to watchfulness - attentive to Him Who Is and Him Who Comes - in memory of his first coming in the flesh and in hopefulness of his second coming in glory. This is Peggy Stanton, and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

Malta Minute with the Catechism: Elijah, Father of Prophets

  • Program #: 218
  • Description: In the annals of prayer, why is Elijah such an important figure? Elijah is the “father of the prophets”, the Catholic Catechism tells us. The mission of the prophets was to educate the people of God so that they might experience conversion of the heart rather than merely participating in the ritual practices of religion. St.James, in referring to Elijah, says, “The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” This is affirmed when Elijah asks God to restore the life of the son of a widow and the Lord hears and answers Elijah’s prayer. On Mount Carmel, Elijah challenges 450 prophets of Baal to a prayer duel, before all the Israelites. Baal proves to be a false god, giving no answer to pleas from his prophets while the God of Israel proves to be the true God by producing in response to Elijah’s intercessory prayer, a mighty fire to consume the Holocaust. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

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