Prayer: Our Deepest Longing

Prayer: Our Deepest Longing

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by Ronald Rolheiser
     
 

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With simple, down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the importance of prayer and offers techniques for how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers. He delves into the places that we fear to go with our issues about prayer, encouraging us with gentle kindness and words of hope and inspiration.

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With simple, down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the importance of prayer and offers techniques for how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers. He delves into the places that we fear to go with our issues about prayer, encouraging us with gentle kindness and words of hope and inspiration.

The book is divided into five sections.

  • Why Pray? Illustrates the purposes and benefits of prayer for ourselves, as well as for the broader Catholic community and even the world.
  • Why Is It so Hard? Notes how our contemporary culture conspires against taking time out for solitude and prayer, and how our own ego—with its fears, restlessness, and narcissism—can work against developing a deeper relationship with God through prayer.
  • What Is Prayer? Outlines the two basic types of prayer, that is, affective (personal) and priestly (for the world). Describes the many ways or methods for each type of prayer, such as meditation, contemplation, the divine office, the Mass, and Scripture.
  • Sticking with It. This section covers the development of mature prayer, discussing ways to pray in times of boredom, disillusionment, crisis, helplessness, or after a loved one’s death.
  • Mysticism. Here we learn about this increasingly popular form of intimate relationship with God.
This is a book for all manner of believers, whether your faith is solidly rooted, wavering between childhood religion and adult faith, or just not sure what you believe—or whether you believe at all. It addresses topics such as narcissism, pragmatism, efficiency, and self-gratification that work against a healthy spiritual life. Rolheiser takes us to a place of contact and comfort, in relationship not only with God but with our true selves as well.

A study guide for the book can be found here.

Editorial Reviews

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"Many modern men and women claim to be so busy that they don't have time for a prayer life; they often feel uneasy with inner exploration in a culture where people spend their days skimming the surface of things instead of diving deep. Rolheiser rejoices in the idea of prayer as lifting the heart and mind to God. Part of this practice is celebrating God's presence and grace in our lives. The author salutes the importance of affective prayer—meditation, centering prayer, praying the rosary, and devotional prayers of all kinds. Rolheiser suggests that maturity in prayer is signified by patience with God, the sustaining power of ritual, facing our demons, wrestling with God, overcoming anger and despair, and sensing God as our real mother." — Frederic and Mary Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

"Rolheiser avoids the superficial how-to methods and focuses instead on clarifying the deep longing in the human heart for communion and intimacy with God. Using a compassionate and encouraging style, Rolheiser redirects believers’ common misconceptions and misunderstandings about prayer to the freedom, fulfillment, and necessity of spending time with the Heavenly Father. Although Prayer is a slim book, the guidance Rolheiser provides is meaty and scriptural. He keeps his stories and explanations on a common reader’s level and does not try to impress with lofty, pious terminology or concepts. Prayer will help readers gain a clearer picture of the importance of prayer and encourage them not to be content with just a surface relationship with God. — Jeff Friend, Foreword Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616366575
Publisher:
Franciscan Media
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
101,638
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.24(d)

Meet the Author


Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is an internationally renowned speaker and spiritual writer. His award-winning weekly column "In Exile" is carried by more than seventy newspapers worldwide. He is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Rolheiser is among the most popular and inclusive spiritual writers today. Although rooted in the Catholic faith, he is able to transcend denominational boundaries and religious language to appeal to both practicing Christians and unaffiliated seekers.

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CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
Showing up Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, is an internationally known lecturer and writer. The author of a 2010 article on Rolheiser for National Catholic Reporter had this to say about him: “Few Catholic authors have that kind of cradle-to-grave appeal, across the widest possible spectrum of political and theological outlooks and life experiences.” His latest book, Prayer, Our Deepest Longing, bears out that observation. In the 32 reflections on prayer Rolheiser covers topics using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary culture ranging from Zorba the Greek to the cartoon Ziggy. Scripture references are sometimes familiar, sometimes enlightening, depending on the reader. For example, in writing about the Good Shepherd, Rolheiser explains that sheep were so attuned to their master’s voice they would not follow even a very good imitator. He also explains the phrase “He descended into hell” from the Apostle’s Creed in a way unfamiliar to me. The material is organized into six chapters addressing prayer issues such as common struggles, hearing God’s voice, and developing a mature prayer life. Rolheiser’s intention for this book is to provide “a healthy combination” of consolation and challenge to help readers overcome struggles with prayer “so that it no longer feels as though you are simply doing some drab duty, wasting precious time, talking to a wall, entertaining yet another daydream, or simply rehashing your heartaches and headaches.” The reflections may be read in any order, he writes, then echoes a non-negotiable rule from great spiritual masters: You have to show up for prayer and you have to show up regularly.
lvmybug More than 1 year ago
Because the book is written in such simple language it moves you to immediately want to pray. After reading this book I bought it for my sister and two close friends.