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The Need and the Blessing of Prayer [Paperback]

By Karl Rahner & Bruce W. Gillette (Translator)
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Pages   101
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.82" Width: 5.84" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814624537  
EAN  9780814624531  


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A new translation of Father Rahner's book on prayer. Karl Rahner stands in a long line of great Christian theologians who were likewise great teachers of prayer. He has been called the voice of Vatican II, and is acknowledged as the rare theologian whose writings speak to the "ordinary" Christian. In The Need and the Blessing of Prayer , Father Rahner views the human person as essentially one called to prayer. He also highlights prayer as the act of human existence, the great religious act. By encouraging people to "pray in the everyday"-to pray regardless of the desire or mood of the moment-Rahner's theology of the prayer of everyday life challenges us to surrender ourselves to God so that God dwells at the very center of our lives.

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A new translation of Father Rahner's book on prayer.

Karl Rahner stands in a long line of great Christian theologians who were likewise great teachers of prayer. He has been called the voice of Vatican II, and is acknowledged as the rare theologian whose writings speak to the ordinary" Christian.

In "The Need and the Blessing of Prayer ," Father Rahner views the human person as essentially one called to prayer. He also highlights prayer as the act of human existence, the great religious act. By encouraging people to "pray in the everyday" - to pray regardless of the desire or mood of the moment - Rahner's theology of the prayer of everyday life challenges us to surrender ourselves to God so that God dwells at the very center of our lives.

The eight chapters of "The Need and the Blessing of Prayer " were originally sermons that Rahner gave during Lent 1946 at St. Michal's Church in Munich, Germany. This work has been reprinted often throughout its thirty-year history, testifying to its enduring message. For as Father Rahner wrote in the first edition, "If we are not supposed to cease praying, then perhaps one shouldn't cease speaking about prayer."

Chapters are "Opening Our Hearts," "The Helper-Spirit," "The Prayer of Love," "Prayer in the Everyday," "The Prayer of Need," "Prayers of Consecration, "The Prayer of Guilt," and "Prayers of Decision.""

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Karl Rahner was a German Jesuit and theologian who, alongside Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Yves Congar, is considered one of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

Karl Rahner was born in 1904 and died in 1984.

Karl Rahner has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Modern Spiritual Masters


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Rahner on Prayer  Aug 4, 2001
Karl Rahner is one of the 20th century's most powerful and insightful Christian theologians who understood and spoke to the modern Christian. Never in all my years of reading and study have I encountered a book that understands what it is to live and, more importantly, to pray in the modern world. This is not a "how to" book. It is a book of prayer, about prayer.

My objection is the translation. Bruce Gillette has chosen to translate the German "mensch" into "man" rather than "people" (it really means "mankind") and to use the masculine pronoun "he". There is no reason for this; Rahner would certainly be more careful were he writing today and using inclusive language would not have altered the meaning in the slightest. Furthermore, the translator tends to use sentence fragments which might make sense in the original German but often stand as "orphans" without clear relationship to the preceding or following sentence. While I thank Liturgical Press for publishing this book, I suggest greater editorial care. Notwithstanding, ignore the translation defects and read this book.

 
Treasure to be savoured and used in meditation  Oct 26, 2000
Each chapter in this work provides enough material for reflection to fill a month - and, perhaps, that is the way to enjoy it fully. Father Rahner's sermons on prayer, especially deep and poignant because they were originally delivered to Germans suffering the pain and deprivation following the second world war, are exquisitely beautiful. He writes movingly of how God strips aways our false ways, how the Holy Spirit and Christ within us "pray for us" when our own efforts are weak, and far more. Much of it may be difficult to ponder, but the ring of truth and love are so clear that the light of resurrection shows the cross to be a shadow. Superb work to be read at any time, but particularly when one is struggling in one's own prayer life. Those who are familiar with this brilliant Jesuit through his systematic theology will see that the picture is incomplete without observing what a great man of prayer he was.
 
Enabled me to pray  Jul 8, 2000
A powerful book on prayer by one of the most important Christian theologians of the 20th century.

If you think you want to pray but have trouble even beginning because belief in a loving God seems like ludicrously wishful thinking in such a mess of a world, try out this book. Rahner understands suffering, he understands atheism, he understands angst (this book is based on sermons preached in bombed-out Munich in 1946), and yet he dares to be Christian and to pray.

Two other books that I've found especially helpful: C. S. Lewis's "Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer" and Ann and Barry Ulanov's "Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer."
 
Moved by the Spirit of God  Jun 15, 2000
An excellent theologian that shares not only his thoughts but his personal spiritual experience. Faithful to the Church and to his vocation as a Jesuit Priest, Karl Rahner is a great help in priestly ministry nowadays. Open to the needs of the world, he shows the need and the blessing of prayer. The translation is excellent, in good modern English.
 

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