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Earthen vessels : the practice of personal prayer according to the patristic tradition

Author: Gabriel Bunge
Publisher: San Francisco : Ignatius Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Fathers of the Church, deeply rooted in the Scriptures, have left us a rich treasure as inheritance, not only of texts, but also of manners, forms and gestures of prayer. Today, western Christianity in a special way, needs to rediscover the intimate union which must exist, in prayer just as in any aspect of Christian life, between theory and practice, between contemplation and practical exercise. One learns how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gabriel Bunge
ISBN: 0898708370 9780898708370
OCLC Number: 49830217
Description: 222 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: "Lord, teach us to pray" (Lk 11:1) --
"No one after drinking old wine desires new..." (Lk 5:39) --
Places and times --
Manners of praying --
Prayer gestures --
The "treasure in earthen vessels" (2 Cor 4:7).
Other Titles: Irdene Gefässe.
Responsibility: Gabriel Bunge ; translated by Michael J. Miller ; pen and ink drawings by Francseco Riganti.

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The Fathers of the Church, deeply rooted in the Scriptures, have left us a rich treasure as inheritance, not only of texts, but also of manners, forms and gestures of prayer. Today, western Christianity in a special way, needs to rediscover the intimate union which must exist, in prayer just as in any aspect of Christian life, between theory and practice, between contemplation and practical exercise. One learns how to pray by praying, and the whole of our being is called to participate in this work: the mind, the heart, but also the body, the gaze, the senses. The author presents with masterly coherence this important concept of the unity between what one believes and what one expresses in the practice of prayer: a fascinating rediscovery of the valuable treasure contained in the teachings of the Church Fathers on the practice of personal prayer.

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