Now you, too, can learn to "Pray without ceasing". Christ urges us to pray without ceasing, but when we try to do so, many of us simply cease without praying. We’re distracted by troubles or duty or we quit just because it’s late already and we’re tired.
Fr. Raoul Plus’s no-nonsense prayer manual, How to Pray Always , remedies these problems by dispelling the false notions of prayer we all have and showing how we can, in fact, pray without ceasing — even at times when exhaustion cripples us and cares threaten to sweep us away.
Drawing on the experience of dozens of saints, Fr. Plus explains sure ways we can recollect ourselves before prayer so that once we begin to pray, our prayers will be richer and more productive; he teaches us how to practice interior silence habitually, even in the rush and noise of the world; and he explains each of the kinds of prayer and shows when we should — and should not — employ each.
As humans, our minds are limited and it’s generally hard for us to pay attention to more than a few things at once. That’s why most of us aren’t able to think of God or pray while we fulfill any but the most mindless of our daily duties.
No problem. For such busy occasions (which constitute most of the time for most of us), Fr. Plus explains how we can pray without words by keeping our wills united to God even when our minds must be directed elsewhere. In other words, How to Pray Always is one of those rare books that actually fulfills the promise of its title. It helps us become better Christians by showing us how to know, to love, and to serve God, and to live prayerfully and constantly in His loving presence.
Part One: The Principles of Prayer
1. Learn to be recollected
2. Submit your will to God's will
3. Practice interior silence
Part Two: The Practice of Prayer
4. Learn how to pray well
5. Turn everything into prayer
6. Develop a spirit of prayer
|By:||angelkitty's mom (Columbus, Ohio, April 30, 2011)|
|Review:||This book was not what I expected, but it's better! I have always felt that I was not very good at praying, to the point that I would give up. This book is helping me improve my spiritual life. Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Older teens - adult, Reference; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written|
|By:||Marilyn (Syracuse, NY, March 31, 2011)|
|Review:||I received this book in a reasonable amount of time, and enjoyed the doable suggestions for increasing my spirituality through more frequent prayer. Best Uses: Older Readers, Personal spirituality; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, For the average person, Informative, Reasonable suggestions, Well Written|
|By:||Surfergirl (Panama City Beach, March 20, 2012)|
|Review:||I found this to be a very good book that helped in everyday dealings. It was very easy to read and applies to everyday life. I would recommend it to others searching for an improvement in their prayer life. Best Uses: Gift, Special Needs; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written|