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.
A study guide for the book can be found here.
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.