The Necessity of Prayer

From An Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales (Second Part - Various Advisements for the Elevation of the Soul to God, by means of prayer and the Sacraments; Chapter One) 1. PRAYE…More
From An Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales
(Second Part - Various Advisements for the Elevation of the Soul to God, by means of prayer and the Sacraments; Chapter One)
1. PRAYER, by taking our understanding towards the clarity of Divine Light and by inflaming ourwill in the fire of Celestial Love, purifies our understanding of its ignorance, and reveals toour will its depraved affections; it is the water of blessing that, with its pouring out, makesthe plants of our own good desires green and blossom, cleans our souls of its imperfections andturns off in our hearts the thirst for passions.
2. But I recommend to you, in a most special manner, affectionate mental prayer, especially that whichconverses over the life and Passion of our Lord.Contemplating upon Him frequently in meditation, your wholesoul will be filled with Him. You will learn His way of acting, and your actions will conform with themodel of His own actions as well. catholictruth.net/CTNet_RC/en/…More
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“Prayer washes away the soul’s imperfections and turns off in our hearts the thirst for passions.”-St. Francis De Sales