Prayer in the Catholic Tradition: A Handbook of Practical Approaches

Robert J. Wicks, General Editor — Book 640 pgs.
Publisher: Franciscan Media (2016)
ISBN: 9781632530325


General editor Dr. Robert J. Wicks is professor emeritus at Loyola University in Maryland and a recipient of the Papal Medal from Pope John Paul II. He has gathered voices as diverse as Joyce Rupp, James Martin, Richard Rohr, John Donahue, William Barry, Maribeth Howell, Donald Senior, Therese Borchard, and many others in this once in a generation work.


"This splendid and hefty compendium covers the breadth and plumbs the depths of Catholic prayer.... Wicks's introduction characterizes the Catholic prayer tradition as rich; this handbook is a mine of those rich resources and deserves a place on library, seminary, and individual shelves." — Publishers Weekly

“In every area of life we stand in need of mentors and models. Robert J. Wicks has found forty-five of them, individuals who write out of experience, sharing their love for and understanding of prayer. What a gift we have here. A transformative book!” — Robert F. Morneau, Pastor of Resurrection Parish, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay

"This wonderful volume is a treasury of the multi-faceted jewel that is Catholic prayer. It is a rare book that can bring together so many gifted authors to reflect on spiritual truths that are the foundation of our commitment to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Whether you are a student of Catholic spirituality and prayer-traditions or simply someone seeking to enrich your prayer life, this will be an invaluable resource in your study and search." — Silas S. Henderson, M.T.S., author, retreat leader, and managing editor of Deacon Digest

"Although the wise advice of Dom Chapman, 'pray as you can and don’t pray as you can not' still remains excellent spiritual counsel, this volume is filled with over 45 contributions from various writers from a multitude of  traditions ranging from Carmelite to Salesian and including Jesuitical, Benedictine, Dominican, and Mercy approaches. Wicks gives a rare look into other prayer possibilities to be considered. This scholarly, practical, and experiential  book arose from the question 'what if there were a single resource for adult Catholics, both pastors, spiritual directors?' Not finding any such reference, Robert Wicks, a renowned author, speaker, spiritual mentor, and psychologist developed this volume. A great resource for spiritual directors, teachers, pastors, seminarians in a course on prayer as well as adults in prayer groups." —Sr. Mary Denis Maher, CSA, PhD, Archivist, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine; Professor Emerita, English Dept. Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

Prayer in the Catholic Tradition: A Handbook of Practical Approaches

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Within the Catholic tradition, there are many ways to pray. Yet, while there are smaller books, books on praying with saints and contemporary figures, volumes assembling groups of individual prayers, or prayer within one particular strand of Catholic spirituality, there is no truly comprehensive work available on how to learn, practice, and teach ways of prayer in the broad Roman Catholic tradition. This handbook breaks new ground, offering forty important voices on forty essential topics for a comprehensive look at the learning, practice, and teaching of all that it means to pray in the Catholic tradition. Topics include:
• Types of spirituality (including Carmelite, Franciscan, Ignatian, Dominican and other major schools) and how they frame prayer and prayerfulness
• Liturgical prayer
• New Testament scriptural approaches to prayer
• Praying with the Psalms
• Contemplation
• Liturgy of the Hours
• Conversational prayer
• Resistances to prayer
• Journaling as prayer
• Enhancing a spirit of prayerfulness
• Praying in Ordinary Time
• Praying through grief, suffering, loss and pain
• Dealing with distractions in prayer
• The essentials of Catholic prayer; and much more.

Stock #: B53032

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