PRAYERS

Below the following quotes by the saints, you will find a series of links to a variety of subpages dealing with PRAYER.  Just scroll to the bottom of this page.

The true nature of Christian prayer is perfectly expressed in the following definition given by St. John Damascene and St. Thomas Aquinas: prayer is "a raising of the mind and heart towards God" to offer Him our homage and to ask Him for all those things of which we stand in need (Dom Marmion, Christ—The Ideal of the Priest, chap. 15).

THE SAINTS SAY MANY WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT PRAYER:

St. Augustine says: "What more excellent than prayer? What more useful and profitable? What sweeter and more delicious? What higher and more exalted in the the whole scheme of our Christian religion?"

When we pray, we enter into the presence of the majesty of God.

St. John Chrysostom warns us: "Consider the height, dignity and glory to which the Lord has raised you."

St. Thomas, writing of prayer, says that what God decided from all eternity to grant us by His Divine Providence, He will give it to us by means of prayer, and on this depends the deliverance, salvation, conversion and cure of many souls and the progress and perfection of others. God has ruled that Matrimony begets children. Ploughing and sowing brings an abundance of crops. Prayer brings gifts and graces to the world.

"Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and the door shall be opened to him that knocked." (Matt 7:7)

St. Augustine says that prayer is the key of heaven that fits all the gates of heaven and all the treasure chests of God. Elsewhere he says that what bread is to the body, prayer is to the soul.

"As the body cannot live without nourishment, so our soul cannot be spiritually kept alive without prayer!" (St. Augustine).

"It is simply impossible to live a virtuous life without prayer!" (St. John Chrysostom).

"He knows how to live well, who knows how to pray well!" (St. Augustine).

"He who does not give up prayer, cannot possibly continue to offend God habitually. Either he will give up prayer, or he will stop sinning!" (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

"When prayer is poured forth, sins are covered!" (St. Peter Julian Emyard).

"He who prays most, receives most!" (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

"The power of prayer is really tremendous!" (St. Therese of Lisieux).