"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."

St Philip Neri

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "

Thomas á Kempis

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St Alphonsus de Liguori  (1696 - 1787)

 

PRAYER
The great means of obtaining Salvation and all the graces which we desire of God

by St Alphonsus de Liguori

CONTENTS

A Work of Ascetic Theology
Introduction
Definition of Prayer
Plan of the Work
 

PART 1

Ch1. The Necessity of Prayer
1. Prayer is a means necessary to salvation
2. Without prayer it is impossible to resist temptations and to keep the commandments
3. Invocation of the Saints
    Is it good and useful to have recourse to the intercession of the saints?
    Is it good to invoke also the souls in Purgatory?
    Is it our duty to pray for the souls in Purgatory?
    Is it necessary to invoke the Saints?
4. The Intercession of the Blessed Virgin
  Conclusion of the Chapter
   
Ch2. The Power of Prayer
1. Excellence of prayer and its power with God
2. Power of prayer against temptation
3. God is always ready to hear us
4. We should not limit ourselves to asking for little things. To pray is better than to meditate.
  Conclusion of the Chapter
   
Ch3. The Conditions of Prayer
1. Which are the requisite conditions?
    Object of prayer
    Can we pray efficaciously for others?
    We ought to pray for sinners
    We must ask for graces necessary for salvation
    Other conditions of prayer
2. The humility with which we should pray
3. The confidence with which we ought to pray
    Excellence and necessity of this virtue
    Foundation of our confidence
    The prayer of sinners
4. The perseverance required in prayer
      Why God delays granting us final perseverance. Conclusion
 

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