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Prayer Overcomes All

The inestimable virtue of prayer is able to obtain all good, and remove all hurtful things.

If thou wilt patiently endure adversity, be a man of prayer.

If thou wilt overcome tribulation and temptations, be a man of prayer.

If thou wilt trample upon thy perverse inclinations, be a man of prayer.

If thou wilt know the deceits of Satan, and avoid them, be a man of prayer.

If thou wilt live joyfully in the work of God, and trace the way of labor and affliction, be a man of prayer.

If thou wilt exercise thyself in a spiritual course, and not walk according to the desires of the flesh, be a man of prayer.

If thou wilt put to flight thy vain and trifling fancies, be a man of prayer.

If thou wilt feast thy soul with holy thoughts, good desires, fervour, and devotion, be a man of prayer.

If thou wilt establish thy heart with a manly spirit, and constant purpose in the service of God, be a man of prayer.

To conclude, if thou wilt root out vice, and be endued with virtues, be a man of prayer. In it is received the unction of the Holy Ghost, which teacheth all things. Also, if thou wilt climb up to the top of contemplation, and enjoy the sweet embracings of thy beloved spouse, be a man of prayer. For by the exercise of prayer, we come to that contemplation and taste of heavenly things. Thou seest of what great power and virtue prayer is. For the confirmation of all which, omitting the testimony of holy Scriptures, let this be an evident proof unto thee, that by daily experience, we hear and see illiterate and simple persons to have attained the aforesaid and greater things by the virtue of prayer.

Note from Dan: This excerpt on prayer overcomes all is taken from my newly published version of St. Peter of Alcántara's great work on Prayer and Meditation entitled “Finding God Through Meditation.” If you would like a signed copy of this book (by me, not St. Peter), CLICK HERE. Your donation for the book will go to the formation of priests, religious, and the faithful poor. If you would just like to buy a copy from Emmaus Road Publishing, CLICK HERE.

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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