- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Catholic Authors Press (August 22, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977616894
- ISBN-13: 978-0977616893
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 5 inches
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Progress Through Mental Prayer
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However, as to the formatting of this particular edition... it seems unfair to take stars away from the book because of it, but it would be unjust to do otherwise. This edition is rife with typos, has no margins to speak of, and removes most of the paragraph divisions from the original text, obscuring the meaning of the text and making reading difficult. It is really a shame that a good book should be so poorly printed. I would still buy a copy if it's the only one you can get your hands on, but it would be better to wait for the publisher to do its job and proofread the text, or to find a solid used copy of this wonderful book.
In short: the book is great, but this edition of the book is terrible. Whoever did this should be ashamed of their unprofessional work and make immediate efforts to improve the editing.
The Forward in the book states: "The instruction on prayer are given to the public in these pages are meant to be a help for the ordinary soul." It says in the section on the Nature of Prayer, "The ultimate end of the relationship established between the soul and God in prayer, is, that the soul should, by His help, abandon its own natural earthly way of thinking and willing, and enter into God's views and affections, judge things as God judges them, and therefore conform its thoughts and desires to the thought's and desires of God."
Recapping the Chapters gives you a glimpse of the development of prayer sources and types. Some people are different than others, and the book deals with these differences, and reviews the problems, and difficulties with prayer, and some solutions, or recommendations, how to deal with them, and it will give you a good sense that this book truly is a valuable resource, that has lasted the test of time.
PART I: Nature of Prayer: Chapter I The Aim of Mental Prayer; Chap.2 Perseverance in Prayer; Chap. 3, Vocal Prayer; Chap. 4, The Ordinary Process of Mental Prayer; Chap. 5 Transforming Effect of Mental Prayer; Chap. 6, The First Stage in the Transformation; Chap. 7, The Second Stage in the Transformation; Chap.8,The Third Stage of the Transformation; Chap. 9, Mount Thabor (The Transfiguration of Christ on Mt Thabor); PART II, Method in Mental Prayer considered in Its Fundamental Principles: Chap. 10, The Vision of Faith Purified by Mental Prayer; Chap. 11, The Preliminary Acts in Mental Prayer; Chap. 12, The Body of Mental Prayer ("This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear him"); Chap. 13, Progress in Mental Prayer in the living God. (Meditation, Affective Prayer, and Prayer of Simplicity) PART III, Elements That Make for Progress in Mental Prayer: Chap. 14, Dispositions Requisite for Mental Prayer; Chap. 15, Spiritual Reading; Chap. 16 Mortification: A Condition of Life (This allows the life of Jesus to be manifest in our bodies); and finally, Chap. 17, Silence, A Means to Recollection ("In silence and quiet the devout soul goes forward and learns the secrets of the Scripture.")
So you can see a progression in the development of prayer, various methods of prayer, elements that make up mental prayer. The more advanced you proceed you get to contemplation and silent meditation, and this also takes practice beginning with 15 minutes of silence, and working it slowly up to 90 minutes. Yes, just like the monks, I am not one by the way. But you can do it, and reach your best level of prayer,using this book.
Peace and goodness,
CFP, Novice 3