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Prayer of the Presence of God, The
By author: Dom Augustin Guillerand

Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-933184-12-8
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Learn to pray as monks pray

For nearly a thousand years, monks of the Carthusian Order have withdrawn from the world so they can place themselves in the presence of God.

Alone in their cells, they pray, work, and take their meals, freed from worldly distractions and the cacophony of thoughts that course through your mind and mine, when, at the end of busy days, we finally kneel down to pray.

A thousand years' silence has enabled the Carthusians to perfect a way of praying suited for the cloister, but it's also right for those of us whose obligations force us to work and pray in the rush and hurry of the world.

In these pages, the monk Augustin Guillerand reveals the secret of the Carthusian's remarkable prayer of the presence of God. Obviously, this way of praying excludes quick Our Father's and hasty Hail Mary's, but it also requires that we do more than pause and say our prayers slowly.

In fact, the Carthusians know that the prayer of the presence of God isn't primarily a question of speed . . . or even of speech. Like love, it's not so much a deed as an attitude- a habit of tranquil listening that allows God to enter our souls by all paths and to establish His presence there.

Failure to listen poisons love in marriages; and failure to listen poisons love of God. That's why the prayer of the presence of God is essential not just for monks, but for all of us, no matter what our circumstances may be.

Yet how can we listen in a way that allows God to enter our souls?

How can we even hear Him in the noise of our days and ways?

A thousand years of Carthusian experience provide sure answers to these questions. Though this is no step-by-step manual (listening can't be reduced to steps), you'll learn where you must begin and how to proceed if you're finally to bring to maturity in your own soul the habit of tranquil listening that's essential for all those who would know God and love Him as they ought.


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by nemo
on 2/11/2014
Carthusian Wisdom
This personal guide to conscious contact deeply moved me, motivated me, and provided numerous practical suggestions regarding prayer and contemplation, even though it is an account of personal experience rather than an instruction manual. The author is humble, intelligent, and deeply connected. Having seen Into Great Silence, I wanted to learn more about the Carthusian way of life. This is the best book I've found.
by J. Osborne
on 2/11/2014
The best book on prayer, period.
This is absolutely the best book I have ever read about prayer. I am reading it for the second time and it's like I'm reading it for the first time, it is so fresh. It may appear to be deep, but take your time. Some of the chapters are only 3 pages long but you may not want to tackle more than that amount of reading at any one sitting. If you yearn for a deeper, more intimate walk with God, and you're like me, most of the contemporary books about prayer (and God for that matter) leave you wanting. Buy this book and read it. It is a gift from God.
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1. Turn toward God in prayer


2. Rely on prayer as your soul's defense


3. Recognize your dependence on God


4. Pray for an awareness of sin's horror


5. Reflect continuously on the need to pray


6. Use forms of prayer that draw you toward God

7. Let prayer refresh your soul


8. Rejoice that God answers prayers


9. Ask for God alone

10. Assist your prayer with various means

11. Practice almsgiving and humility

12. Detach yourself from earthly things

13. Unite your will with God's

14. Revere God

15. Pray with attention

16. Guard your heart

17. Place yourself in God's presence

18. Persevere in prayer

19. Have confidence in God

20. Understand why God makes you wait

21. Pray with persistence

22. Avoid lengthy prayers

23. Ponder God's greatness

24. Understand the power of humility

25. Pray with your heart

26. Be sorry for your sins

27. Reflect on what Christ suffered because of sin

28. Prepare yourself to pray

29. Enter your "inner chamber"

30. Rejoice in God's attentiveness to you

31. Let prayer bring peace to your soul

32. Develop a filial relationship with God

33. Meet God in the silence of your soul

34. Speak to God as a child to his father

35. Remember that God acts for your good

36. Strive for a proper attitude of soul

37. Persist in prayer when God seems absent

38. Let your praise be a foretaste of eternity

39. Praise of man's powerlessness

40. Praise of God's goodness

41. Praise of God's wisdom

42. Praise of God's truth

43. Praise of God's mercy

44. Praise of God's justice

45. Praise of God's life

46. Praise of all the divine perfections

47. Praise of creation

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