Drawing on sacred scripture, the Fathers of the Church, the spiritual masters, and the liturgy, Pope Benedict invites us to live ever more intensely the relationship with Our Lord, through a ‘School of Prayer’.
Prayer as we all know is not a ‘given’ but something to be learnt, and the best training we can have in order to pray authentically is from the hands of Jesus. So, in this collection of catecheses taken from his Wednesday general audiences (4th May 2011 to 31th August 2011) Pope Benedict opens up a journey, meditating upon the lessons of prayer, often from important figures and great events from the scriptures.
Subjects covered include: Prayer in ancient times, Prayer and the religious sense, Intercession of Abraham, The encounter with God in the battle of the night, Moses intercedes for his people, Prayer of the prophets, Psalms as the prayer of the people of God, The Word of God as food for the spirit, Prayer as the oasis of the spirit, Meditation, The art of prayer.
Pope Benedict XVI - Joseph Ratzinger
Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Alois Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and reigning Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the head of the Roman Catholic Church and, as such, Sovereign of the Vatican City State. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded Pope John Paul II. Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was for over two decades The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II. He is the author of Spirit of the Liturgy, Salt of the Earth, Introduction to Christianity, God and the World, Milestones, Called to Communion, God Is Near Us.