What does tradition have to do with prayer? Why would traditional concepts of prayer have anything to do with an individual praying today? Jonathan Robinson, of the Toronto Oratory, examines these questions in an essay inspired by his congregation's founder, St. Philip Neri, and drawing also from Jacopone da Todi and Cardinal Newman. He follows the traditional concept of progress in prayer as the developing relationship between Christ and the Christian. Using the Lauds of da Todi, he traces the changing role of Christ in our lives as we surrender ever more to Him: Liberator, Healer, Friend, Father and Lover. Other great spiritual writers inform this essay: St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Francis de Sales, St. Paul and St. Augustine. Robinson discusses both the actual content of the Church's prayer tradition and our current reception of it, vividly revealing the meeting of the Divine and human in the life of prayer.
An Eighth Day View:
A rich and inspiring meditation on personal prayer in the tradition of the Catholic Church.