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 is a wonderful series of classes. I have trouble being silent in prayer – my mind is so restless. This series is helping, little by little.

- Lynne M.

The School of Prayer series is indeed amazing. I never knew about the Liturgy of the Hours until now and felt inspired to give it a try. It has been such a blessing! When my baby Teddy is upset and we are struggling to find peace, I open the closest Hour on my phone and pray it out loud. The effect is miraculous: Teddy stops fussing and listens. He smiles, starts looking out the window and plays. Both Mom and baby end the Hour feeling aided by God’s assistance, the Lord Who made haste to help us

- Katya M.

I love the Points to Ponder, by Whitney Hetzel. Clarifies a lot for me. Thank you for the School of Prayer

- Patsy G.

Being a convert to the Catholic faith since 1968 when I married my husband has been a life-altering experience. I am so grateful for this “School of Prayer” series. It has been informative, illuminating and of great comfort. So many questions answered, a generous amount of comfort, the insights by Gretchen (which tells me I’m human and make mistakes too) and Fr. Matlak’s gentle guidance is beyond words of description. I could only wish that my own parish priest would be more like Fr. Matlak. This series fills in what isn’t (and never will be) present in my parish which leaves me filled with angst and anger. Thank you for such a wonderful and enlightening series. May God richly bless all of you.

- Peggy M.

Love this series. I am learning so much.

- Patsy G.

Even though the School of Prayer series has ended, it will live on with me through frequent reflection on its content. God bless all the participants and I lift up today all your prayer intentions. Thank you The Catholic Company for another excellent series. Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God have mercy of us, poor sinners.

- Joyce H.

I found myself thinking through the whole series…? wow! So that’s why we pray like this such and such? or even thinking, ?? I never knew that!?. Very enlightening and yes, so much more to learn. I am going to order some of the books that they recommended.

- Gloria G.

I have LOVED this most meaningful series! Thank you, Fr. Matlak, your insights are beautiful.

- Laura G.

I just finished the School of Prayer. It is a wonderful series. I would recommend it for everyone. I loved it and learned so much about prayer that I did not know before. Thank you Fr. Matlak for your inspiring words!!!

- Sue J.

I just finished School of Prayer and my heart is filled with love and gratitude. Thank you, Good Catholic, for this and all of your series. Thank you, Fr. Matlak, for your inspiration and direction. May God richly bless each and every one of you.

- Lee P.

My mind often wanders. But as long as I try to reign in my thoughts, try to focus as best I can and show up for prayer everyday, I think I am getting a little better each day. This series is helping me do this better.

- Kathleen Kane

This is a wonderful series of classes. I have trouble being silent in prayer – my mind is so restless. This series is helping, little by little.

- Lynne Miller