Catholic Spirituality and Prayer in the Secular City by Robert A. Burns

By Robert A. Burns

Catholic Spirituality and Prayer within the Secular urban provides the function of faith and spirituality in a quickly altering non secular situation. writer Robert A. Burns explores methods Catholics were known as upon to enhance their religious lives within the such a lot non secular pluralistic society that has ever existed.

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5:16–18). In the chapter “Prayer and Thought” which is contained in Clowning in Rome: Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer and Contemplation he points out that unceasing prayer is not like continuously thinking about God. It is something else. He gives more or less a definition of prayer: “To pray, 38 Chapter Three I think, does not mean to think about God in contrast to thinking about other things, or to spend time with God instead of spending time with other people. ”41 Every moment must find its origin in prayer.

And we should pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). Jesus also singles out our enemies and persecutors as those for whom we should pray (Mt. 5:44). The basic advice on how to pray effectively is to pray with faith (Mark 11:22–24). And we are to pray with perseverance, not giving up though we seem not to be heard (Luke 18:1). Most importantly, we are to pray after we are reconciled to our brothers and sisters (Mark 11:25). We are also told that it is important to pray with others: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt.

We are to pray to avoid succumbing to temptation (Luke 22:46), since the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak (Mk 14:38). We may pray for any good thing we may need (Mt. 7:11). We should pray that laborers be sent into the harvest (Luke 10:2). And we should pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). Jesus also singles out our enemies and persecutors as those for whom we should pray (Mt. 5:44). The basic advice on how to pray effectively is to pray with faith (Mark 11:22–24). And we are to pray with perseverance, not giving up though we seem not to be heard (Luke 18:1).

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