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In Navigating the Spiritual Life — Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God by Daniel Burke with Fr. John Bartunek, LC, STL (scroll down), Part IV of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on Christian Prayer is recommened as an excellent starting place for those beginning the journey toward a deeper prayer life.

“This section deals with the meaning and importance of prayer in the life of believers.  It concludes with a brief commentary on the seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer, for indeed we find in these the sum of all the good things which we must hope for and which our heavenly Father wants to grant us” (CCC 17).