St. Augustine, What is Adoration?

Question 045

What is Adoration?

In persevering chastity one draws his strength from you and then, in no way shows himself to be changeable. For you are always present to him and he ever makes you the object of his affection, thus keeping himself (in a permanent present) with no future to look forward to or past to remember, undergoing no change or worldly distraction. O blessed […]

By |June 19th, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Growth, St. Augustine on Prayer|

St. Augustine, Do We Only Praise God For Good Things?

Question 044

Other than God’s deserving our praise, does Augustine offer any motivations to praise God?

Those who praise you, O Lord, speak of the excellence of your terrible deeds, the greatness of the work of your hands which punish and distribute discipline.  They shall speak and will not remain silent…For it is the praise of God that sets you on your way that ought […]

By |June 12th, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Growth, St. Augustine on Prayer|

St. Augustine, How Do Our Prayers Please God?

Question 043

What makes our praise so pleasing to God?

Would you sing a psalm? Then do not sound God’s praises with voice alone, but put your works in harmony with your voice… “Let your praises be pleasing to our God.” How? By praising him with the goodness of our lives. Take heed of that and then your praise will be pleasing to him…If praise in the […]

By |June 8th, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Growth, St. Augustine on Prayer|

St. Augustine, Do Our Prayers Manipulate God?

Question 042

Does this mean that we manipulate God through our charming praise?

God should be loved and praised gratuitously.  What does ‘gratuitous’ mean?’ It means praising him for his own sake, and not for the sake of something else.  For if you were to praise God that he might give you something else, you cease to love God freely.  You would cringe […]

By |June 5th, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Growth, St. Augustine on Prayer|

St. Augustine, How Should We Praise God For The Things We Receive?

Question 041 Part III

What is praise?

The rule is very brief: he pleases God who is pleased by God.  And, beloved, do not think that this has to do with pleasure.  See how many of you oppose God because you are not pleased with his works.  True enough, when he wants to work against the will of men, because he is Lord because he […]

By |June 3rd, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Growth, St. Augustine on Prayer|

St. Augustine, How Should We Praise God For His Gifts?

Question 041. Part II

What is praise?

See whether this man, upon meditating on your works, has turned his gaze towards the works and away from the Worker.  Observe whether or not he has descended from the Maker of all things to the things he has made.  For what he has made has been made as a ladder to ascend to him, not descend […]

By |June 1st, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Combat, St. Augustine on Prayer|

St. Augustine, What is Praise?

Question 041. Part I

What is praise?

Do not think that he can be praised enough whose greatness is endless.  Should not then your praise be endless since he has no end?… Praise of God sets you on your way and should determine what you ought to love and what you should fear; what you should seek, and what you should avoid…The silence of […]

By |May 29th, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Growth, St. Augustine on Prayer|

St. Augustine, How Can Song Be A Prayer?

Question 040.

Can song really be counted as prayer?

Singing is proper to one in love… Jubilee is a sort of sound which means that the heart wants to give birth to that which cannot be uttered.  And who deserves such jubilation if not the ineffable God?  And ineffable is that which cannot be said or even touched.  What remains if not jubilation in that […]

By |May 25th, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Growth, St. Augustine on Prayer|

St. Augustine, How is the Liturgy the Source and Summit of Prayer?

Question 039.

How is the liturgy the “source and the summit”?

Man’s soul struggles onward towards that it loves so that it might rest upon reaching it.  When the soul finds its delight in God, there she finds true, certain, eternal rest, for which it has vainly sought in other objects.

from St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer by Fr. […]

By |May 22nd, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Growth, St. Augustine on Prayer|

St. Augustine, Is Vocal Prayer Necessary?

Question 038.

If contemplation is the height of all prayer, why should we use vocal prayer?

At certain stipulated times, we employ words in our prayer to God. And it is by signs such as these that we correct ourselves and discover the degree of progress obtained in this desire, in order to burn even more and achieve an increase in strength. According to the proportion of […]

By |May 20th, 2022|Categories: Spiritual Growth, St. Augustine on Prayer|
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