Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, always a model of Franciscan simplicity, is true to his reputation with his new book, Praying Constantly: Bring Your Faith to Life.
There’s no fluff in here, and no New-Age instruction to try “visualization” or “guided imagery” or Reiki massage any of that sort. Instead, Father Groeschel focuses on the basics: the Mass, Eucharistic adoration, the Rosary, and Scripture reading.
Father reminds the reader again and again, and dedicates the complete final chapter of the book to this: you have to make the time to meet God in prayer. Referencing the “faith without works” concept in the letter of James, he states that
“the person who spends his life in prayer but cares nothing for his neighbors has made a horrible mistake. Our prayer lives should give us the desire and the strength to love others, to help others.”
Father Groeschel challenges the reader to keep the Sabbath, bluntly declaring that “the universe won’t implode if you take a few hours off.” Anyone who feels “too busy” all the time definitely needs to hear this. The reader is asked to consider the Sabbath a gift, rather than a burden.
Praying Constantly is an excellent guide to living a life of prayer even as we live our lives as parents, professionals, spouses and generally busy people. Everyone is called to “pray without ceasing.” In this little book, Father Groeschel shows us how it can be done.
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A review copy of the book was provided to me. I did not receive other compensation for this review.