Just looking for something to help my prayer life, all replies are appreciated, God bless.
Good for you, dallas_r!
First, I would recommend (realizing you may already have been doing some of the following):
- Prayer to the Holy Spirit to guide you in listening to God’s Word in Holy Scripture.
- Pray with Attention and Devotion - St. Teresa of Avila cautioned her nuns that without attention and devotion, they may be moving their lips but they are NOT praying.
- In all your prayer, consider the “Our Father” as the standard, since Jesus has told us:
When you pray, say “Our Father…”
The Rosary prayed each day, as Mary our Mother asked, mediating on the mysteries of her life with Jesus.
Finally, two books that I have found very helpful:
–The Ordinary Path to Holiness The link gives a summary of the book.
–The Interior Liturgy of the Our Father This link also gives a summary of the book.
A couple of contemporary authors come to mind: Fr. Jacques Philippe, who has written several books on prayer, including Time for God and Searching for and Maintaining Peace.
The other is Fr. Martin Laird, O.S.A., who has written a wonderful trilogy on prayer: Into the Silent Land, A Sunlit Absence, and An Ocean of Light. I’m reading that last one right now .
I’ll second s Fr. Martin Laird’s “Into the Silent Land.”
Also, Fr Thomas Keating, “Open Mind Open Heart” along with most of his works which are on Contemplative Prayer.
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