Prayer in Practice by Romano Guardini ; Translated from the German by Prince Leopold of Loewenstein-Wertheim
New York : Pantheon Books, 1957. First American Edition. Hardcover. 228 pages ; 21 cm. $3.50 dust jacket. Rubber stamp on flyleaf. Foxing to top pages edge. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
PRAYER IN PRACTICE
Monsignor Guardini's book is first and foremost an introduction to prayer, but an introduction produced by a master. He anticipates the problems that will arise at every stage in the spiritual life, and encourages the beginner by showing him what promise is held out in the first steps of prayer, how to persevere and to develop in prayer life. Into this book, Monsignor Guardini has put his most mature thought and the reflections arising from a lifetime's study of the implications of faith. Yet it is all expressed in a manner intelligible to the uninitiated but attractive also to the more advanced thinkers.
The author brings out the role of Jesus Christ as the essential link in prayer, through whom alone we may know the Father, and he draws copiously on Scripture, throwing us back on what God Himself has said of our approach to Him. Prayer is seen, too, as a response to facts, meaning a grappling with the real world, which is a world created, sustained and ordered by God. There are chapters on mysticism, on popular prayers, on the liturgy, all of which subjects are treated with new insight and a real understanding of the needs of all levels of spirituality.
MONSIGNOR ROMANO GUARDINI, author of The Lord and many other outstanding studies that bring the truths and dogmas of Catholic religion to the understanding of contemporary man, is one of the most notable Catholic theologians and educators. He is active in particular in the Catholic youth movement and the liturgical movement. As professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, Germany, his lectures have attracted an impressive audience of students and laymen. The influence of his thought is felt beyond denominational barriers.
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