The Prayer of the Presence of God

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Learn to pray as monks pray

For nearly a thousand years, monks of the Carthusian Order have withdrawn from the world so they can place themselves in the presence of God.

Alone in their cells, they pray, work, and take their meals, freed from worldly distractions and the cacophony of thoughts that course through your mind and mine, when, at the end of busy days, we finally kneel down to pray.

A thousand years' silence has enabled the Carthusians to perfect a way of praying suited for the cloister, but it's also right for those of us whose obligations force us to work and pray in the rush and hurry of the world.

In these pages, the monk Augustin Guillerand reveals the secret of the Carthusian's remarkable prayer of the presence of God. Obviously, this way of praying excludes quick Our Father's and hasty Hail Mary's, but it also requires that we do more than pause and say our prayers slowly.

In fact, the Carthusians know that the prayer of the presence of God isn't primarily a question of speed . . . or even of speech. Like love, it's not so much a deed as an attitude- a habit of tranquil listening that allows God to enter our souls by all paths and to establish His presence there.

Failure to listen poisons love in marriages; and failure to listen poisons love of God. That's why the prayer of the presence of God is essential not just for monks, but for all of us, no matter what our circumstances may be.

Yet how can we listen in a way that allows God to enter our souls?

How can we even hear Him in the noise of our days and ways?

A thousand years of Carthusian experience provide sure answers to these questions. Though this is no step-by-step manual (listening can't be reduced to steps), you'll learn where you must begin and how to proceed if you're finally to bring to maturity in your own soul the habit of tranquil listening that's essential for all those who would know God and love Him as they ought.

 

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  • Pages: 192
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-933184-12-8
  • Product Code: 124
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Powerful and inspiring
Excellent book for prayer and meditation, and for lights on spiritual growth and union with God.
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Deep, profound, classic
This modest book is a collection of short meditations on prayer, each of which packs tremendous spiritual insight into a few pages. Short as the chapters are, it's not a quick read, and you will find yourself returning again and again to its pages for deeper insights. This book is the fruit of a life spent in the depths of contemplative silence, so alien to our culture but so important to real spiritual growth. Dom Augustin speaks with the humble authority of one who knows God more intimately than most of us could ever hope to. Read this, and any other book by "A Carthusian," and give thanks.
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Highly recommend
This is the best book on how to pray that I have ever read. Only regret is that it is not available in a leather hard bound edition. It deserves it.
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Carthusian Wisdom
This personal guide to conscious contact deeply moved me, motivated me, and provided numerous practical suggestions regarding prayer and contemplation, even though it is an account of personal experience rather than an instruction manual. The author is humble, intelligent, and deeply connected. Having seen Into Great Silence, I wanted to learn more about the Carthusian way of life. This is the best book I've found.
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The best book on prayer, period.
This is absolutely the best book I have ever read about prayer. I am reading it for the second time and it's like I'm reading it for the first time, it is so fresh. It may appear to be deep, but take your time. Some of the chapters are only 3 pages long but you may not want to tackle more than that amount of reading at any one sitting. If you yearn for a deeper, more intimate walk with God, and you're like me, most of the contemporary books about prayer (and God for that matter) leave you wanting. Buy this book and read it. It is a gift from God.
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