Seeds of Truth Ministries

Joseph Hollcraft

The Art of Praying

In Romano Guardini’s The Art of Praying, we truly discover prayer as a skill, a practice to be taken up to better “pray the Trinity”; as it centers our whole friendship with Christ, who unveils the life of the Father in and through the work of the Holy Spirit.   

In Guardini’s compelling read, we quickly discover that what lies underneath the art of “conversation with God”, is an attitude of heart, which is the necessary disposition for prayer to be effective. As Guardini reminds us, we were created in His image and likeness with dignity and honor, and our attitude should reciprocate this honor with a heart of gratitude.

What’s more, The Art of Praying offers up some practical advice on how to determine the right prayer schedule for you; the importance of our posture in prayer; how to pray even when we do not “feel anything”, or we are “empty”; and how to enrich our family prayer and make it more sustainable.

Other very important subject matter includes how to pray the Liturgy more fervently, why the saints love for God should encourage us to pray to them and with them, and why praying to Jesus through Mary with the rosary is a timeless prayer that can help us draw deeper into the mystery of God.

In every one of its chapters, this read is concise and to the point. Every topic, and subtopic, is presented in a bite-size manner that allows the reader to chew on the simple, but insightful points that come from the pen of Guardini. 

Most importantly, as he explores the many principles and methods that encircle a life of prayer, Guardini never loses sight to that quintessential truth regarding prayer: with Christ as the center, God is gradually transforming us in and through the Holy Spirit.

No matter where you are at in your journey of faith, The Art of Praying will have something for you. I have used this book as a resource for both classroom instruction and spiritual direction, and have found that Guardini’s words have been helpful for all walks of life at every stage of life. If you are serious about going deeper in your faith, you will want to learn “the art of praying.”

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“Hollcraft's book engagingly integrates his personal experience with the luminous witness of Scripture and the overflowing holiness of the saints to help you maximize the effectiveness of your intercessory prayer.”
Bishop Liam Cary
Diocese of Baker, Oregon

“With this book, Hollcraft opens the door to the humble act of praying for others and invites us, through practical and accessible tips, to step through that door with trust.”
Dr. Anthony Lilles
Author and Academic Dean of Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park (CA)

"As I read through these pages, I am reminded of our beautiful calling to pray for others, and Dr. Hollcraft explains here how to do so in deepest intimacy with Jesus Christ!"
Fr. Dave Pivonka T.O.R.
President of Franciscan University of Steubenville

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“Evangelization is never about numbers, and never about programs. It’s one heart setting another on fire. With this book, Dr. Hollcraft helps us keep the home fires burning—even as we set the world ablaze with Christ.”
Mike Aquilina
Award-winning author of more than 40 popular books

“Hollcraft wonderfully displays the tapestry of Catholic life and evangelization by weaving solid Catholic teaching, its application to the modern world, and clearly expressed examples that bring out the light and shadows of this beautiful picture.”
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Author, television host, Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center
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"In a world of burgeoning textbooks and media, the reminder that  catechesis is inescapably a personal task to which we are all called, through a cooperation with the redeeming and educative work of the Person of the Holy Trinity, is a timely and important one."
Dr. Petroc Willey
Professor of Catechetics, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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