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Prayer Power is full of prayers for all occasions-prayers of inspiration, prayers for celebrations and holidays, prayers for relationships, and prayers of consolation for difficult times. Also included are specific prayers for peace, forgiveness, and everyday living, and an extraordinary collection of novenas, including the famous Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus for Hopeless Cases. From the profoundly simple to the deeply layered, the prayers are arranged according to the needs they address.
Beautifully interwoven with the prayers are enlightening stories of spiritual mentors, such as Albert the Great, Etty Hillisum of Auschwitz, Bernadette of Lourdes, and many others from biblical to modern times. Through these courageous and inspiring examples, Connell teaches us how to pray effectively. She encourages us to study the prayers of these spiritual teachers with open hearts, meditate on the Scriptures that precede the prayers and stories, and memorize a new prayer each week as a spiritual discipline so that we might live a full and devoted life.
Written with love and wisdom, Prayer Power is a gift of devotion to draw from deeply, and a source of comfort andpeace to be cherished.
Nurturing the Sacred Within
"Prayer power is the key to the good life we all seek," says Janice Connell. It is "the only human power that is stronger than all creation. Prayer power is about connecting with all life: when we connect with Life, we connect with God. . . . Prayer power is more than the prayers we pray at home, on the road, in churches. [It] is a way of life. . . . The more prayer power we develop, the closer Heaven and the things of Paradise are to our conscious awareness, our behavior, and our chosen lifestyle. Prayer power unlocks the secrets of abiding happiness."
The stories and prayers in this inspiring book-drawn from a rich array of biblical, historical, and contemporary sources-brilliantly teach us how to faithfully nurture the spirit within. In Prayer Power, we learn through the wisdom of great spiritual thinkers. St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. ThÈrÈse of Lisieux teach us how to love ourselves in ways that permanently enrich our spirit; St. Catherine of Siena teaches us how to trust in God; and from Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. Francis of Assisi, we learn how to love deeply.
Overflowing with warmth, wisdom, and prayers for every occasion and need, Prayer Power makes a wonderful devotional to share with family and friends. It's an empowering guide for anyone who prays-and anyone who wants to learn how.
Author Biography: Janice T. Connell is the bestselling author of Meetings with Mary, Angel Power, and Praying with Mary. She is an attorney who is widely respected throughout the world as a lecturer on spiritual, cultural, and social issues. She lives in Arizona.
Injustice, cruelty, and oppression have often been the testing ground of truly great spirits. Prayer power allows us to find purity of mind, heart, and soul in every situation. All people with prayer power arrive at a reckoning with Truth during their journey on earth. For some it is instant; for others an entire lifetime or more is required.
God allows nothing to come between Himself and His creatures, not even our bodies. Any person, place, or thing we adulate in our longings is an idol, which will be crushed, because God loves us too much to allow us less than Himself. Perhaps we are most attached to our bodies, largely because that is the only existence we remember. Prayer, coupled with fasting and other forms of selfsacrifice, help us to understand our bodies as the earthly dwelling of our spirit, as God's temple. Prayer power always includes spiritual fasting and self-discipline. Prayer power helps us to discern what is most healthful and helpful for our bodies, minds, and spirits: the proper nourishment, disciplines, rest, recreation, and relationships. Prayer power gives us the strength to cherish the sacredness of our bodies in the light of the eternal value of our indwelling spirits. It is never pleasant to experience our bodies being crushed in thewinepress of God's Will, as Jesus taught us during His crucifixion. We all die. Yet think of the butterfly and the caterpillar. Dying, as difficult as it may be, is only shedding our human bodies. Our spirit lives on forever.
The following prayer is living testimony of the eternal spiritual beauty of a young professional who died in the gas chamber at Auschwitz on November 30, 1943. Etty Hillisum wrote this prayer in the concentration camp three months before her death. Her love story remains in the world as a beacon for us. Etty Hillisum's prayer power was discovered among the young martyr's personal effects.
You have made me so rich, 0 God , please let me share out
Your Beauty with open hands.
My life has become an uninterrupted dialogue with You,
One great dialogue.
Sometimes when I stand in some corner of the camp,
My feet planted on Your earth,
My eyes raised toward Your Heaven,
Tears sometimes run down my face,
Tears of deep emotion and gratitude.
At night too, when I lie in my bed and rest in You,
Tears of gratitude run down my face,
And that is my prayer.
I have been terribly tired for several days,
But that too, will pass;
Things come and go in a deep rhythm
And people must be taught to listen to it.
It is the most important thing we have to learn
in this life.
I am not challenging You,
My life is one great dialogue with You....
I always end up with one single word:
And that says everything
And there is no need for anything more.
And all my creative powers are translated into inner
dialogues with You;
The beat of my heart has grown deeper,
More active and yet more peaceful,
And it is as if I am all the time
Storing up inner riches....
There are many miracles in a human life,
My own is one long sequence of inner miracles .
Few people have ever lived a happier life; fewer are more venerated then Albert the Great (ca. 1200-1280), who is sometimes referred to as Albertus Magnus of the Order of St. Dominic. It was not always so for him, however. Albert did not escape life's great sorrows until a miracle introduced him to the effects of prayer power.
Poverty has many faces. Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount said that the poor in spirit shall inherit the land. The poor He was speaking about are those who realize, as Etty Hillisum did, that everything they have and are belong to God. Such awareness flowing from wisdom is a great gift that brings immense human freedom.
Albert the Great, an amazing intellectual, was revered throughout his world as the most knowledgeable man alive. Albert's astonishing writings fill thirty-eight volumes: he was an expert in philosophy, physics, astronomy, mineralogy, chemistry, biology, and geography. Few believed Albert when he publicly stated that he owed all his knowledge and greatness to prayer power. Many attributed his humility to great virtue. The ones who truly knew him for many years were not able, in just one generation, to comprehend the enigma they witnessed in the life of Albert the Great.
Albert was not a particularly strong, healthy, or intelligent child. His father, the Count of Bollstdt (in present-day Germany), was an esteemed man of great wealth who had high hopes for his only son. Albert recognized quite early in his life that he could never measure up to his father's expectations. Albert's father, however, refused to notice the reality of his son's shortcomings, preferring to nurture his own dream for his offspring.
Though he was ill-equipped intellectually and physically, Albert was sent at a young age to the venerable University at Padua, in Italy, to begin studies that would allow him to follow in his eminent father's footsteps. Albert's mother was a devout woman of great faith. As her sorrowing son was leaving the family home, Albert's prayerful mother slipped her own well-worn Rosary into her tearful son's hands saying, "My son, pray this Rosary constantly and you will never taste the bitter cup of failure." Albert clutched the Rosary furtively as his huge father slapped him on the back with great bravado saying, Don't come back, my son, until you have won all the prizes!"
Prayer Power. Copyright © by Janice Connell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Posted August 12, 2001
Posted March 11, 2001
An amazing collection of prayers are contained in this extraordinary book of prayers and stories of great men and women. Especially powerful are the sections on Prayer Power For Families and Prayer Power With The Angels.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.