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Little Catechism of the Life of Prayer

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Little Catechism of the Life of Prayer, Tenth Edition

Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.  

51 pp. paperback

This little booklet "contains the substance of teachings which, for about four centuries, the Teresian Reform of the Carmelite Order has offered as guide for the life of prayer.  They are the teachings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, gathered together and devloped by their followers, and enriched by long and continuous experience.  These teachings that have remained until now almost entirely hidden within the walls of the cloister are now put within the reach of all by these pages.  This "little catechism" is, in fact, an exposition of the Teresian idea and method of mental prayer, an idea and method too little known, and yet whose beneficent influence has been verified so many times." (Taken from Fr. Gabriel's preface)

This booklet is in question and answer form, making it an easy guide to learning more about the methods of prayer according to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.  

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  1. Wondering about mental prayer?

    Posted by Unknown on 14th Jan 2019

    This is by far the most succinct and helpful guide to mental prayer I have ever read.

  2. Tool for sharing the gift of mental prayer

    Posted by George Middlebrook on 18th Dec 2018

    I try to have a copy of this handy whenever someone expressed curiosity about Carmel or mental prayer. Fr. Gabriel is a sure guide.

  3. Love this book

    Posted by Suzanna on 6th Oct 2018

    What a wonderful little book! It's so helpful in learning how to pray and the author writes so clearly.

  4. Remarkable Booklet

    Posted by Emma on 27th Aug 2018

    I had never heard of this little booklet, but it's an absolute gem! I have read countless books on prayer, meditation and contemplation. However, this booklet condenses everything I've ever read into simple, precise, easy to understand instructions. Using a question and answer form, anyone can practice and benefit from the contemplative prayer life using this booklet. I will never be without a copy.

  5. Excellent book on prayer

    Posted by Teresa V Fleming on 4th Jan 2018

    I really like this little book. I expect to make much use of it. I would love to see this more widely available.

  6. What a treat!

    Posted by Tesa Fleming on 20th Dec 2017

    I bought this just because of the author. I will be buying more! What a pleasant little surprise! I can think of several people that this would be helpful for.

  7. A little gem

    Posted by Craig on 17th Apr 2017

    Just to say, a little book in its 10th edition has proven its worth over many years. A simple guidance that speaks heart to heart. I use it during my meditation time. Thought by thought.

  8. A wonderful guide to prayer

    Posted by Lois F. on 4th Oct 2016

    This is a very small book that is filled to overflowing with practical information and advice on how to pray. If you have difficulties with mental prayer, this is the book for you. It is easy to understand and you can put the instructions into immediate action.