In The Prayer We Offer, the final book in the four-volume Pillars of Faith series, renowned Washington, DC, pastor and teacher Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi illuminates scripture, the Catechism, and the writings of Pope Benedict XVI to help readers begin or deepen their life of prayer.
Vaghi guides readers in an exploration of the practice of Christian prayer, starting from the perspective that prayer is God’s gift to his people. Following the outline of the fourth section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, he explores the Old Testament roots of prayer, Jesus as the Master Teacher of prayer, and Jesus’ own prayer life—especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Vaghi guides readers into the riches of prayer and offers practical guidance for overcoming common obstacles to conversation with God. Chapters are also devoted to the Rosary and the Our Father.
The Prayer We Offer is an ideal resource for:
- RCIA candidates
- Adult faith formation directors and teachers
- Directors of Religious Education
- Religion teachers
Monsignor Peter J. Vaghi is pastor of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland, and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. He received seminary and theological training at the Pontifical North American College and Gregorian University, both in Rome. Also a graduate of University of Virginia Law School, Vaghi practiced law for many years and remains a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. Vaghi serves as chaplain of the John Carroll Society, a group of professional men and women in service of the Archbishop of Washington. He is the author of the Pillars of Faith series, which currently includes The Faith We Profess and The Sacraments We Celebrate, and The Commandments We Keep. He has written a number of articles for America, Priest, and Our Sunday Visitor. He has also a contributed to two collections of writings on priestly spirituality: Behold Your Mother and Born of the Eucharist.
“Msgr. Vaghi draws skillfully on his extensive experience as a pastor and teacher to help readers come to a new appreciation of prayer—first and foremost in the Eucharist, but also prayer in all the rich communal and personal expressions that our Catholic faith offers us.”
- Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston
“Provides such rich and nourishing insight into the challenge to every believer to pray always and, in doing so, to lift our hearts and minds to God.”
- Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
“With this fourth book in the Pillars of the Faith series, Msgr. Peter Vaghi has prepared a treasure that renders a great service to those learning about prayer, those who guide them, and those who would like a comprehensive survey of Catholic teaching and traditions of prayer. Guiding our walk with God, The Prayer We Offer will become a textbook for seminarians, RCIA candidates, and students of authentic Catholic piety.”
- Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA
“If you are looking for an inspiring and accessible guide to prayer, The Prayer We Offer is the place to go.”
- Rev. Alfred McBride, O. Praem, Author of Staying Faithful Today
“With its practical wisdom and reflective questions, this book will help many to embrace the call to ‘pray always.’”
- Donna Orsuto, Pontifical Gregorian University Director, The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas
"Msgr. Vaghi has performed a genuine service in this book. The Prayer We Offer provides us with encouragement and guidance in coming to an experiential knowledge of the realities the Catechism teaches. This is a valuable contribution to Catholic spirituality."
- Rev. Francis Martin, Professor Emeritus, Dominican House of Studies