How to Pray Always Plus
Title: How to Pray Always
Author: Raoul Plus, SJ
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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 are 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.
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.
- Three basic principles govern our consideration
- A principle of psychology: It is impossible ... to fix our minds always upon God.
- A moral principle: to be one with God in will is better than continual recollection
- A principle of ascetic theology: the frequent thought of God is of great assistance in reaching the intimate union of our will with God's.
- These ideas may be expressed more briefly
- To think always of God is impossible
- To think always of God is not necessary
- It is most profitable to think often of God.
- Part 1 The Principles of Prayer
Chapter 1 Learn to be Recollected
- Our acts of prayer are the moments when our thoughts are in loving union with God.
- Infused recollection: It is the result of God's action. We can not control it.
- Acquired recollection depends entirely upon ourselves, aided, of course, by the grace of God but a grace of usual character.
- Man has direct control over his thoughts... but our authority over imagination and senses is different.
- All we can do is place ourselves in a favorable environment amid peaceful conditions. But I cannot prevent that idea from crossing my brain. I . may forbid the entrance of certain ideas into my brain, yet they will come in all the same.
- ... our memory and imagination are incessantly trying to distract our attention in spite of us...
- If we madly throw ourselves into worldly, frivolous amusements and pleasures, ... we have no right to complain of remaining for long moments without thinking of God...
- The best way of preserving habitual recollection is fidelity to prayer. The best condition for praying well is habitual recollection.
- The bet method of learning to pray always is to ray whenever it is possible, and as well as possible.
Chapter Two - Submit your will to God's Will
- ...the act of the present moment shall be done for God as perfectly as possible, that in all that I do, I shall not look for self-satisfaction, but that God alone shall be my final objective. This expresses in brief the the whole theory of how to pray always.
- The state of prayer consists in preserving a pure intention during the fulfillment of our daily tasks.
- Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and soul to God.
- Prayer is "every act that is offered up to the Divine Majesty, to adore Him, give thanks to Him, and implore his grace; all is offered up to Him, whether it be explicit, formal prayer, -- that is, acts of prayer -- or implicit, virtual prayer which includes all our super-naturalized activities, the fulfillment of our daily duties from a supernatural intention.
- The state of prayer is devotion to . our daily duties.
- Used for: General interest
- Purchased: 08 June 2017