School of Prayer


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What You Don’t Know About Prayer

Let’s be honest. You probably think you’re doing fine in your prayer life. And perhaps you are. But is your prayer life actually deepening and growing? St. Bernard famously said, “He who does not advance, falls back.” What if there’s more to prayer than what you experience now? God wants all of us to pray like saints. What’s holding you back from reaching the heights of prayer that God is calling you to?

Don’t Just Pray More, Pray Better.

Prayer is essential to our spiritual life, yet it is one of the hardest things for us to do. If you’ve ever tried to maintain a consistent and meaningful prayer life, you know how difficult it can be.

In order to pray well as faithful Catholics, we must draw from how the Holy Spirit has taught the Church to pray over the centuries.

School of Prayer is a 30-day devotional series to help you advance your prayer life farther than you ever realized you could. In this series you will study prayer in the universal Catholic Church as taught by scripture, papal encyclicals, catechisms, the saints and spiritual masters from the East and West, and more.

This includes:

  • The two things necessary for true prayer
  • The four different kinds of prayer
  • The three levels of prayer
  • How to identify and overcome the common obstacles to prayer growth
  • Practical tips for developing better habits of prayer
  • How to pray as a family
  • …and much more!

Get practical instruction that will help you pray better—now and for the rest of your life.

How Does It Work?

For each of the 30 days of this series you will receive an email linking you to new daily content posted right here at You’ll also have access to all 30 sessions immediately, if you’d like to go at your own pace. You can repeat the series as often as you wish for one full year.

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This was a wonderful series! I now know where to start to develop a prayer life that is unique, comfortable, and effective for me. While overwhelming at first to learn all the different ways to pray, I finally realized that I do not have to use all of the methods, just to find the right one for me. I thank the Holy Spirit for inspiring me to subscribe to the School of Prayer. I am a better person and a better Christian because of what I have learned. God bless those that developed the series, God bless Father Matlak, and God bless all my fellow group members.

- Sandra Marie

Many thanks to the Good Catholic team for creating this 30 day series on prayer. There is much that I can return to and ponder as Mary often did in the Gospels. With so much hate spreading through the world right now I pray that our Lord uses each of our lives – our stories- as stained glass windows in which His Spirit and Love reach out to others. May our life as prayer be pleasing to Him and touch those who are hesitant to come to Him!

- ??Dawn Welker??

Thank you for this wonderful series. I loved and have gained so much from it. I also loved Father Matlak’s reflections and all the references to the eastern traditions, which although not entirely new to me, were presented in such a wonderful way. As others, I will be doing the series again. It was my first time doing a Good Catholic program and it was such a blessing.

- Francia Harutunian

I learned so much. My prayer life has changed forever.

- Diane Giardina McGehean

Thank you…finished the series today. Loved it and will definitely enrich my prayer life. God Bless You!!!

- Irma Salda?a Salinas

There is so much to ponder!!! Beautiful journey.

- Pat Clark-Newman

Wow! I think today’s lesson – Practicing the Presence of God – is the lesson that has touched me most completely. It has brought all the other lessons together into what I feel is the most important lesson and with time and practice, could be the easiest and most effective way to bring prayer into my life. Amazing lesson!

- Sandra Marie

Just got on this link, and want to say that I am loving this series. I want to deepen my prayer life, and this is really helping. We are all on a journey towards God, and what a wonderful journey it is. God is good! All the time.

- Mona Hartnett

I have been so blessed by the Holy Spirit praying in me, as I have gone through each day’s lesson on prayers. I have learned so much, as I find that He ??points? to just what I need for that day. I have also been saying the scriptural rosary at the end of each lesson, as the scripture helps to place me in contemplation of Mary and her beloved Son’s ultimate acts of love. Each mystery, has the scriptural passage, as well as a reflection on the mystery. Some of the reflections have truly resonated with me. I wrote down one from the Sorrowful mysteries, when Jesus Carries the Cross that beautifully captures what Mary was experiencing, and what we might say to Our Lady as we carry our own cross…

- ??Gloria Hofer??

This is an excellent study…The information is deep giving lots of room for meditation. Glad I am doing this at this time.

- Kathy Cazin

Today’s material is very helpful and challenging! Thank you for all you do in making this a wonderful and meaningful series, I greatly appreciate it and am learning a lot.

- Linda A Belyea

This series has just enough overview to illustrate the richness of the day’s topic without being overwhelming as well as just enough history to show embeddedness in the Catholic tradition. I love that the material addresses both ??lungs? of the Church (East and West). That was unexpectedly goood gravy! Fr. Matlak is perfect for this, too.

- Anonymous