Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Principles and Practices - May 12

Why Prayer is Necessary

It is necessary in order to regain the friendship of God, if we have lost our baptismal grace by falling into mortal sin.

If we have preserved that grace undefiled, it is still necessary for maintaining, strengthening, and developing our intimacy with God by means of the frequent exercise of the theological virtues.

And finally, it is necessary for the overcoming temptation which entices us to sin, and which arises from our fallen state, the malice of the Devil, and the pitfalls of the World.

-Ludovic de Besse, O.S.F.C.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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