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The Art of Praying - The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer

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Catalog Code: 9780918477347

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Where did you learn to pray?

At your mother's knee? From the nun or brother who taught your religion class? Has your understanding of prayer matured since then, or do you simply pray, year after year, as you were taught as a child?

No wonder most people have so many erroneous notions about prayer. No wonder our prayers are still far from what they should be!

This remarkable book offers practical ways you can improve your prayers today and grow closer to God. The topics include:

  • How to pray well even when your heart is empty

  • Determining the prayer schedule that's right for you

  • 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 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

  • 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


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9780918477347
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9"  (22.8 cm) x 6"  (15.2 cm) x 0 3/5"  (1.52 cm)
More Sophia Institute Press Gifts
1995

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St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/04
Tridentine Calendar - 10/04


Patron Of: Animal Welfare Society, Animals, Birds, Catholic Action, Fire, Merchants, Needle Workers, Solitary Death, Zoos

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Son of Pietro Bernadone, a rich cloth merchant. Though he had a good education and became part of his father's business, he also had a somewhat misspent youth. Street brawler and some-time soldier. Captured during a conflict between Assisi and Perugia, he spent over a year as a prisoner of war. During this time he had a conversion experience, including a reported message from Christ calling him to leave this worldly life. Upon release, Francis began taking his religion seriously.

He took the Gospels as the rule of his life, Jesus Christ as his literal example. He dressed in rough clothes, begged for his sustenance, and preached purity and peace. His family disapproved, and his father disinherited him; Francis formally renounced his wealth and inheritance. He visited hospitals, served the sick, preached in the streets, and took all men and women as siblings. He began to attract followers in 1209, and with papal blessing, founded the Franciscans based on a simple statement by Jesus: "Leave all and follow me." In 1212 Clare of Assisi became his spiritual student, which led to the founding of the Poor Clares. Visited and preached to the Saracens. Composed songs and hymns to God and nature. Lived with animals, worked with his hands, cared for lepers, cleaned churches, and sent food to thieves. In 1221 he resigned direction of the Franciscans.

While in meditation on Mount Alvernia in the Apennines in September 1224, Francis received the stigmata, which periodically bled during the remaining two years of his life. This miracle has a separate memorial on 17 September.

In the Middle Ages people who believed to be possessed by Beelzebub especially called upon the intercession of Saint Francis, the theory being that he was the demon's opposite number in heaven.

Born
1181 at Assisi, Umbria, Italy as Francis Bernardone

Died
4 October 1226 at Portiuncula, Italy of natural causes; relics in Assisi, Italy



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