On Prayer and Contemplation

Classic and Contemporary Texts

Edited by Matthew Levering

Publication date:

15 March 2005

Length of book:

192 pages


Sheed & Ward

ISBN-13: 9780742542501

This is a rich, informative, and inspiring compendium of the Christian tradition of prayer and contemplation from the earliest days of the Church to the present day. Included are selections from St. Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, St. Clement of Rome, St. Gregory of Nyssa, John Cassian, St. Augustine, St. Gregory of Sinai, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Bonaventure, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Julian of Norwich, Brother Lawrence, St. Francis de Sales, St. Vincent de Paul, Lancelot Andrewes, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Edith Stein, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Pope John Paul II. Levering has selected readings that capture how Christian saints and spiritual leaders through the ages have understood what prayer is, why we pray, and how we pray. The selections also integrate the Eastern Orthodox and Western understandings of prayer and contemplation. The book is perfect for study, meditation, and inspiration.
Matthew Levering has assembled a delightful compendium on prayer, drawing on both the Church's rich liturgical tradition and the timeless wisdom of the saints and holy men and women throughout the ages. Dr. Levering has carefully culled the enclosed selections on prayer, public and private, to reiterate St. Paul's exhortation to 'pray always' (1 Thess 5:17), and to emphasize that God waits expectantly to bestow the grace of intimate union in prayer to all those who seek Him. This wonderful volume will be an invaluable resource for anyone who desires to learn more about prayer by reading the personal reflections of holy and deeply prayerful Christians throughout the centuries, and, most importantly, to personally embark upon the journey towards deeper intimacy in prayer with Christ.