This GCSE RE quiz on Catholicism takes a look at religious disciplines. Roman Catholicism, as you would expect of so well-established and widespread a religion, has developed and cherished a rich range of devotional practice. This includes the Liturgy (the approved sequences of prayer etc. within regular and occasional worship) and the private devotions of individual believers ~ including their spiritual life and routines at home and out-and-about in the ‘real world’, and what they do in, and in response to, their hopefully regular sessions at the Confessional. Not for nothing is the Church of Rome regarded, and indeed even respected, as ritualistic among the Christian denominations.
Christ Himself taught that individual prayer (talking with God), as distinct from corporate prayer in a public worship context such as a church or synagogue, is most effective when it is simple and sincere.
The prayer-life of monks and nuns under such orders as the Benedictine and Franciscan is guided, disciplined yet freely and willingly undertaken on behalf of the wider world. There is certainly much more in (and to) the hinterland of Catholic prayer in general, than the typical caricature of someone in time of turmoil clicking their way through the rosary.
Let’s peek carefully into some aspects of this spiritually intimate process.