"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."

St Philip Neri

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"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."

St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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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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