Catholic reading: Jacques Philippe “Time for God: A Guide to Prayer”

Another book I bought to myself around my baptism time was Jacques Philippe’s “A Guide to Prayer”, which had been just translated into Estonian.



“Many people today are thirsty for God and feel a desire for an intense, personal prayer life that is deep and ongoing. But they encounter obstacles that prevent them from following the path seriously, and especially from persevering on it. Time for God was written with these desires and difficulties in mind.

In Time for God, author Jacques Philippe mainly concentrates on mental prayer: prayer that consists of facing God in solitude and silence for a time in order to enter into intimate, loving communion with him. Practicing this kind of prayer regularly is considered by all spiritual masters to be an indispensable path that gives access to genuine Christian life—a path to knowing and loving God that empowers us to respond to his call to holiness addressed to each individual.

Philippe draws on years of experience as a spiritual guide to illuminate the fundamental principles of mental prayer and describes some common mistakes and misconceptions that can lead it astray. With simplicity and clarity he explains the foundational principles for a healthy prayer life and gives advice for overcoming the various obstacles that arise when one sets off on the path of interior prayer.”

From the same page I discovered Philippe has also written a book about one of my favourite saints, Little Therese!


As “Time for God” was rather practical and nice to read, I may also check out these other books on Catholic spirituality of his in the future! Among others, he has written about interior freedom and peace of heart from the Catholic perspective. A Frenchman, with b background in solid science (he studied math and did research), he was ordained a priest in 1985 after feeling called, and has been linked to the Community of the Beatitudes.


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