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Explanation of the Method of Interior Prayer

A modern translation of a classic introduction to prayer that was provided by St. John Baptist de La Salle for his Brothers. It provides a detailed outline of the components and goals of the kind of interior prayer constantly advocated and practiced by him and by the Brothers.

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The last book written by John Baptist de La Salle, this book introduces a person to the art of interior prayer and meditation. Influenced by the great spiritual writers and traditions of his time, De La Salle makes his own contributions to the art of praying and presents detailed stages for developing one’s prayer life towards the ultimate stage of “simple attention” in the presence of God.

From the Editor’s Note: “To facilitate the reading and understanding of this difficult text, [Miguel] Campos and [Michel] Sauvage designed a unique format which breaks the heavy, dense text of the 1739 edition, the earliest one to have come down to us, into short stanzas or verses, facilitating reading and encouraging reflection. The format, however, preserves completely the integrity of the 1739 original edition text. The present English translation utilizes the same format, with the necessary adjustments required by the translation into English.”

(1995; 164 pp.)

Translated by Richard Arnandez, FSC. Revised translation by Donald C. Mouton, FSC, editor.

Volume 5 of Lasallian Sources: The Complete Works of John Baptist de La Salle, 1995.

Publisher: Christian Brothers Conference – Lasallian Region of North America