St. Alphonsus Liguori on Speaking with God as if Alone with Him

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Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends. Speak to Him often of your business, your plans, your troubles, your fears — of everything that concerns you. Converse with Him confidently and frankly; for God is not wont to speak to a soul that does not speak to Him.

St. Alphonsus Liguori

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St. Therese of Lisieux on Prayer Through Silence

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Frequently, only silence can express my prayer.

St. Therese of Lisieux

Pope Benedict XV on Devout Appeals to Mary

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To Mary, then, who is the Mother of Mercy and omnipotent by grace, let loving and devout appeal go up from every corner of the earth.

Pope Benedict XV – 1917 A.D.

Catechism of the Catholic Church on God’s Longing for our Prayers

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“If you knew the gift of God!”  The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.

Catechism of the Catholic Church – Paragraph 2560

Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen on the Freedom of the Beloved of the Lord

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But you have to pray. You have to listen to the voice who calls you the beloved, because otherwise you will run around begging for affirmation, for praise, for success. And then you’re not free.

Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen

Fulton J Sheen on Prayer

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Prayer is helplessness casting itself on Power, infirmity leaning on Strength, misery reaching to Mercy, and a prisoner clamoring for Relief.

Fulton J Sheen

St. Alphonsus Liguori on the Urgency of Prayer

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Whoever prays is certainly saved. He who does not is certainly damned. All the blessed have been saved by prayer. All the damned have been lost through not praying. If they had prayed they would not have been lost. And this is, and will be their greatest torment in hell: to think how easily they might have been saved, just by asking God for His grace, but that now it is too late – their time of prayer is gone.

St. Alphonsus Liguori