The Stages of the Catholic Prayer Life

St. Thérèse of Lisieux once wrote that, “prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy” (Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.).

St. John Damascene wrote that, “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” (Defide orth. 3,24: PG 94, 1089C.)

St Augustine adds that “prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God…

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