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In this final book in the four-volume Pillars of the Faith series, renowned Washington, DC, pastor and teacher Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi illuminates scripture, the "Catechism," and the writings of Benedict XVI to help readers begin or deepen their life of pray


Introduction 1

  • ... pray continually. Give thanks for whatever happens; for this is what God wills for you in Christ Jesus 1 Thes 5:17-18

Chapter 1 Prayer, God’s gift and initiative in our lives 7

  • Our God so desires to spend time with us, to speak to us, to listen to us. And he really listens to us.
  • The Gift of God
    • Every time we begin to pray to Jesus it is the Holy Spirit who draws us in the way of prayer (CCC 2670). In this sense, prayer is the gift of God's Holy Spirit.
  • The Initiative of God
    • At its basis, prayer is God's initiative in our lives. He comes to you.
    • The story of the Woman at the well demonstrates how Jesus took the initiative. God thirsts so that we may thirst for him (CCC 2560)
    • When we yield to God, to God's actions within us, it is then that we pray.
  • A Witness to Prayer
    • ... until your are convinced that prayer is the best use of your time, you will not find the time to pray.
    • Teach us O Lord the shortness of our days that we might live them with wisdom of heart. (Ps. 90)

Chapter 2 Old Testament models of prayer 15

  • God's Promise and the Prayer of Faith - Abraham and Jacob
    • Abraham practices intercessory prayer by asking God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • God's Initiative and Moses's Response
    • Ex 3:4-8, 10 Presents Moses's prayer with God. of the primordial images of prayer in the spiritual tradition... God first calls Abraham and he responds simply "hear I am".
    • In genesis, we hear of Noah who "found favor with the Lord... for he walked with God (Gn 6:8,10) We can walk with God too. That is what prayer is. A Call to walk with God.
  • Moses's Prayer of Intercession
    • Moses dramatized the value of intercessory prayer as he vigorously begged God for mercy and guidance for the people making their journey to the promised land (CCC 2577)
  • The Prayer of the People of God - Samuel, David, and Solomon
    • Samuel's well-known response "speak Lord, your servant is listening" (1 SM 3:9)
    • For the people of God, the Temple was to be the place of their prayer... As Catholics, we find that the proper place for liturgical prayer is the Church, the successor to the Temple, the house of God.
  • The Prayer of the Assembly - The Psalms
    • ...the Psalms the masterwork of prayer in the Old Testament (CCC 2585)

Chapter 3 Jesus, the master of prayer 33

  • We see that Jesus prays, teaches us how to pray, and hears our prayers.
  • Jesus Prays
    • Jesus prayed morning, midday, night and often, all night.
    • Jesus learned to pray from his mother Mary, from the Temple Synagogue. He prayed the Psalms, the same ones we say today.
    • Jesus' filial prayer is the perfict model of prayer in th eNT. Often done in solitude and in secret... with absolute confidence in being heard.
    • Biblical scholars have referred to Luke as the "gospel of prayer" because we so often find Jesus at prayer.
    • Thanksgiving is a very important theme in Jesus' prayer to his Father. So to, each of us should give thanks to God, as Jesus did, even before our petition is made or the gift given.
  • Jesus Teaches Us To Pray
    • Jesus not only prayed, he explicitly taught his disciples to pray. (MT. 6:9-13 and Lk 11:1-4)
    • The Lord's prayer is truly the summary of the whole gospel (Tertullian).
    • There are five dimensions of prayer given by Jesus
      • Conversion of heart - He requires reconcilliation with one's brother before presenting an offering, love of enemies, and prayer for persecutors. (CCC 2608)
      • Prayer in faith - We firmly cling ot the Father even when we feel our prayers are not being answered.
      • Boldness - Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and you will (CCC 2610)
      • Vigilance -
      • In Jesus' name
  • Jesus Hears Our Prayers
    • His entire healing ministry is evidence that he hears our prayers i.e. "your faith has healed you, go in peace.
  • The Prayer of the Virgin Mary
    • ... specifically, her fiat at the annunciation, her intercessory prayer at the wedding feast of Cana, and her great prayer of praise, the Magnificat.
  • The Challenge of Regular Prayer

Chapter 4 Prayer in the life of the church 45

Chapter 5 The practicalities of prayer 61

Chapter 6 The prayer of Jesus on Holy Thursday 75

Chapter 7 The prayer of Jesus from the cross 83

Chapter 8 The rosary 103

Chapter 9 The Our Father 117

Other facts

  • Used for: RCIA
  • Purchased: December 2012

Bibliographic info

LC control no.: 2011045511
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Type of material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal name: Vaghi, Peter J.
Main title: The prayer we offer : a Catholic guide to communion with God / Peter J. Vaghi ; foreword by Seán O’Malley.
Published/Created: Notre Dame, Ind. : Ave Maria Press, c2012.
Description: xiii, 138 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781594712944 (pbk. : alk. paper)1594712948 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Subjects: Catholic Church --Doctrines. Prayer --Catholic Church. Prayer --Christianity. Spiritual life --Catholic Church.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 135-138).
Series: The pillars of faith series
LC classification: BV210.3 .V34 2012
Dewey class no.: 248.3/2