Friday, January 24, 2014

Learn to pray like a saint!

You've matured,
but have your prayers?

Or do you simply pray, year after year, as you were taught as a child?

If your prayers are difficult or boring, your problem may not be failure of will.  It may be a lack of knowledge about how mature souls pray.

Most of us have been praying so long that we pray automatically without really thinking about it.

The good news is that such problems are easily overcome!
In his classic book, The Art of Praying, Msgr. Romano Guardini offers practical ways you can improve your prayers today and grow closer to God.

These remarkable pages include . . . 
  • How to pray well even when your heart is empty
  • Determining the prayer schedule that’s right for you
  • The Rosary — just how much of it should you be saying?
  • The posture of prayer — should you pray sitting, standing, or kneeling? It makes a difference!
  • Family prayer: practical hints to make yours even better
  • St. Francis of Assisi — the five words that gave this holy man an entire night of contemplation
  • The saints: why all Christians should pray to them — and with them!
  • Spontaneous prayer — why it can be less genuine than formal prayers
  • “Vague cosmic worship” — has it crept into your prayers?
  • The Psalms, adoration, liturgical prayer…and much more!

Simple, direct, and profound, The Art of Praying is a helpful guide for the average person in the pew . . . and even for those rare few who are far advanced in prayer.

“An inspiring prayer guide for us all! Highly recommended.”
Scott Hahn 

“Long ago, Guardini helped teach me to pray. I rely on his thought.”
Rev. Benedict Groeschel
“This book by a true man of prayer has helped me pray better.”
Rev. George Rutler

The Art of Praying
by Msgr. Romano Guardini
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From the ashes of Revolutionary France:
A manual to help you hold fast to Faith in a faithless world.

We found this lost classic among the cherished works that French Catholics risked everything to save when the Church was under attack — in the frenzied days of the French Revolution and its aftermath.
Written by Fr. Jean Nicolas Grou, The Spiritual Life is a tough, uncompromising handbook to help you deal with all the obligations and problems of the spiritual life. As such, it teaches you what you need to know and to do when the comforts and supports of life have been swept away.
Indeed, Fr. Grou reminds you right at the beginning that salvation is only won at a great price. He wrote this book for those who are willing to pay that price themselves. His focus is firmly on Christ, whom he maintains should be the model for your own spiritual life — not just in theory, but in the hard fact of sacrifice and love so great as to pierce your heart.
Our times are not so far removed from the Godless irrationality that swept across France in Fr. Grou’s day. That’s why, in our own tumultuous age, The Spiritual Life is so desperately needed. It’s the one guide that offers you real help to navigate the treacherous spiritual waters of today’s world, and through it all, to keep the Faith.

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