Adoration: The Most Perfect Prayer, Raoul Plus, S.J.

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By Raoul Plus, S.J., Catholic Exchange, September 17, 2020

Raoul Plus, S.J. (1882–1958) wrote more than forty books to help Christians understand God’s love for the soul. His works stress the vital role of prayer in the spiritual life and show how you can live the truths of the faith.
Editor’s note: This article is from a chapter in Fr. Plus’ How to Pray Wellwhich is available from Sophia Institute Press.

We may pray to adore, to give thanks, to implore pardon, or to ask for the graces we need. But whereas, in the last three cases, our thought comes back to ourselves, in the first, we forget ourselves entirely and think of God alone.

If I give thanks, it is because I have received; if I implore pardon, it is because I have sinned; if I ask, it is because I need. I am never absent from my prayer. But in the prayer of adoration, the only person considered is God, to whom I pray. There is no intrusion of the creature. He who prays is not mentioned; he disappears utterly. He does not think of himself; he counts for nothing: “We praise Thee, O Lord; we adore Thee, O Lord; we bless Thee, O Lord; Glory be to God on high; O Lord, we sing Thy glory.”  …