Does prayer really work? What is its purpose and why is it so important to God that we pray? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this life-changing course! 

Objective: In this course, students will learn about the Memorare, and why it is an important prayer for those in need. 

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Why Prayer Matters

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Why Prayer Matters - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Why Prayer Matters - VIDEO

    • Why Prayer Matters - Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/7/22)

    • Why Prayer Matters - QUIZ

Reviews; See what others are saying about this course

Portia McMillian

5 star rating

“Although I pray , this course is a great refresher on how to get back on track and reminder of the importance of prayer. Thank you , Great course.”

“Although I pray , this course is a great refresher on how to get back on track and reminder of the importance of prayer. Thank you , Great course.”

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Peter English

5 star rating

“I think this lesson had lots of little gems in it regarding the nature of prayer. I particularly liked the quote 'To pray is to be a beggar before God'. After all, how could you not feel a sense of powerlessness when interacting with the almighty?...”

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“I think this lesson had lots of little gems in it regarding the nature of prayer. I particularly liked the quote 'To pray is to be a beggar before God'. After all, how could you not feel a sense of powerlessness when interacting with the almighty? But still, even beggars have some power, and I thought it was an apt portrayal of the relationship with God in Prayer. I also liked the description of 'raising' ones heart and mind to God, as it is God who is above us all. Lastly, I liked the perspective of seeing God as a designer, and the almost rhetorical question of 'who would you ask about something that was designed if you had a question - the designer! Overall this was a good short course (and my first), and I look forward to my learning on Catholic Online School. Thanks very much, God Bless!”

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Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Professor Marshall Connolly has spent his life in service to God and the Church as an educator and writer. He is a graduate of the California State University system and has earned bachelor's degrees in English and History, as well as a teaching credential. He has completed additional studies at Whitman College, and the University of San Diego. His interests include science and apologetics and he writes on both subjects for Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

He serves as the first Director of Education for Catholic Online School.

Professor Marshall Connolly

Director of Education