Pray Always

"Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened." -Matthew 7:7-8

“We ought always to pray.” –Luke 18:1

“Pray always” –Romans 12:12

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pray Always - The Purpose of this Blog

As the three quotes from Sacred Scripture, set at the top of this blog, suggest we ought always to pray.  Indeed througout history this same teaching has always been seen as of the greast importance, because without prayer we are lost and cannot be saved.
“The words we ought, ask, pray, according to St. Thomas (3 part, qu. xxxix. art. 5) and the generality of theologians, imply a precept which obliges, under grievous sin, particularly in three cases: First, when a man is in the state of sin; secondly, when he is in great danger of falling into sin; and, thirdly, when he is in danger of death. Theologians teach, that he who, at other times, neglects prayer for a month, or at most for two months, cannot be excused from mortal sin; because, without prayer we cannot procure the helps necessary for the observance of the law of God. St. Chrysostom teaches that as water is necessary to prevent trees from withering, so prayer is necessary to save us from perdition. (Tom. l, hom. lxxvii.)” –Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Moral Doctor of the Universal Church, Sermons for Every Sunday of the Year - On the Efficacy and Necessity of Prayer
And so it is certain that we must pray, but what is prayer and how do we do it?  How much should we pray and what should we pray for?  Are some kinds of prayer better than others and if so which is the best?

These important questions are what have promted me to create this blog, which is dedicated to promoting prayer.

I will be posting various prayers, sermons and essays on prayer, methods of prayer, book recommendations, and anything else to do with prayer that I can find that might be useful.

The Church has such a rich patremony that has been handed down to us and I will do my best to share these riches here.

If anyone reading this has any questions pertaining to this subject please don't hesitate to ask.  I would love to spend time researching the answer for you in the vast library of teachings from the Fathers, Doctors, Popes, Councils, and Saints of Holy Mother Church.  Just make a comment to this or any other furture post with your question.

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