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Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, “The Virgin in Prayer,” between 1640 and 1650 (photo: Sassoferrato / Public Domain)

There are so many ways to pray, but is there a best way? Father Jacques Philippe offers his insights.

By Patti Maguire Armstrong, EWTN News, February 9, 2021

Patti Maguire Armstrong Patti Maguire Armstrong is an award-winning author and was the managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’ bestselling Amazing Grace Series. …

 

Patti Maguire ArmstrongPrayer move us closer to God, answers our petitions, and can even result in miracles. “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22. But how should we pray?

“Praying in tongues means the Holy Spirit takes over so it’s a deeper way to pray than we can do on our own,” a Catholic Charismatic once told me.

“The Rosary is the weapon,” Padre Pio said. And the Blessed Mother asked us to pray it daily during her appearances at Fatima and Lourdes.

I had another priest tell me that contemplative prayer as practiced by St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross (holy friends in Spain during the 16th century) is the highest form of prayer. There is Lectio Devino, a way of praying with the Word of God — reading, reflecting and responding to Scripture.  …

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