In the book of Thessalonians,
Christ urges us to
pray without ceasing,
but when we try to do so,
most of us simply
cease without praying.
We’re distracted by troubles
or we quit
because it’s late already
and we’re tired.
Now there's a remedy
that actually works:
Written nearly a century ago, and used since
then by generations of grateful Catholics,
this no-nonsense prayer manual dispels the false notions
of prayer we all have and shows 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. Raoul Plus here 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.
he explains each of the kinds
and shows when we should
— and should not — employ each.
Even in the midst of busy days,
able to pray always by keeping
united to God even when
must be directed elsewhere.
In a word, How to Pray Always is one
of those rare books that actually
fulfills the promise of its title:
in just over a hundred pages, it shows us
how to love God and to live prayerfully
in His loving presence.
Some of the many saints whose teachings are found in this book:
St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591),
St. Anthony (251-356), St. Augustine
(354-430), St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622),
St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552), St. Ignatius
of Loyola (1491-1556), St. Jerome (c. 342-420), St. John Berchmans (1599-1621), St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), St. John Vianney (1786-1859), St. Leonard of Port Maurice (1676-1751), St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi (1566-1607), St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775), St. Philip Neri (1515-1595),
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Raoul Plus, S.J.
wrote more than forty books to help Christians
understand God’s love for the soul.
His works stress the vital role of prayer
in the spiritual life and
you can live the truths of the faith.