Tag Archives: Ferreol Girardey

St. Alphonsus on Mental Prayer

St. Alphonsus de Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists and Doctor of the Church, has this to say about mental prayer: “Prayer is absolutely necessary for our salvation, and mental prayer is necessary to pray well. Without mental prayer we can … Continue reading

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Spiritual Bread

Father Girardey further explains why mental prayer is necessary to live a virtuous life. “In order to know ourselves, we have also to know our relation, our duties towards God and what is required to fulfil them. . . . … Continue reading

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Know Thyself

Father Girardey continues his discussion of mental prayer, demonstrating how it promotes the sort of moral introspection that is vital to living a virtuous life. “St. Augustine was wont to pray: ‘Lord, grant that I may know myself, that I … Continue reading

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The Need for Mental Prayer

Father Girardey observes: “A general experience proves that many vocal prayers do not bring much, if any, profit to our souls, and this for several reasons. To pray well, and therefore profitably and efficaciously, we must pray not only with … Continue reading

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Effective Vocal Prayer

Father Girardey distinguishes vocal prayer from mental prayer as follows: “By vocal prayer is meant any prayer we recite with our lips, and this is usually done according to some special formula. . . . Mental prayer is prayer made … Continue reading

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Saints and Sages on Prayer

Father Girardey offers this potpourri of thoughts on the subject of prayer: “Whether we pray vocally or mentally, it is our heart that should speak to God.” -St. Augustine “Prayer is the food of our soul, for on it depends … Continue reading

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Praying for Ourselves and Others

Father Girardey concludes his discussion of the objects of prayer by explaining how we ought to pray for ourselves and others. First, as for ourselves, “we must pray unconditionally for our spiritual wants and for the necessaries of life; conditionally … Continue reading

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