The practicality of St. Teresa's teaching about mental prayer shines through in this wonderful synopsis of her writings about it--something she said "the whole world could not purchase." Learn how we should pray, in order to grow in the spiritual life.
About the Author
The Rev. Father Peter Thomas Rohrbach, O.C.D., is a Carmelite priest and author. Born in 1926 and based in Washington, D.C., he has also served as an editor for the Catholic quarterly Spiritual Life. His Conversation with Christ, dedicated to our Lady of Mount Carmel, was first published in 1956 by Fides Published, Illinois, with the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. Father Rohrbach 's work was also printed by TAN in 2010.
Item No: 0096 (Grouped)
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Paperbound and eBook
Dimensions: 5.5" X 8.5" X 0.63"
Give and Get Love Review by Sinner
This book explains how to love God and be loved by God. (Posted on 9/23/2015)
Read in one sitting Review by Roz
Had to sit all night while I read the book, because it was very interesting. (Posted on 10/27/2014)
Awesome book Review by Happy Mom
Awesome book. I always wondered what mental prayer was and when I read this books, finally I found out. Very simple and straightforward. (Posted on 10/22/2014)
... is explained so well and has made it so easy to attempt Review by Carm
The way of Contemplative prayer is explained so well and has made it so easy to attempt, so much so that I feel that my goal is being accomplished. His explanations are thorough but not so wordy to be confusing. I really like the book and I feel the author, Rohrbach, has done a marvelous work. (Posted on 7/24/2014)
Everyone should read this book Review by Kindle Customer
I am in the process of reading this book now and it's phenomenal. St. Teresa says "mental prayer is nothing else than an intimate friendship, a frequent heart-to-heart conversation with Him whom we know ourselves to be loved." She shows you how. (Posted on 2/8/2014)
Conversation With Christ: The Teaching of St. Teresa of Avila about Personal Prayer Review by caterpilar
Anyone who is first attempting mental prayer or who is more seasoned in their attempts will find solace in the fact that St. Teresa of Avila for 30 years apparently never sat down to do her mental prayer without a book to help her persevere. This resulted in the realization of many methods of prayer, as described in this book, that will help those first starting off and give good revision to those who are keeping up the way of mental prayer. (Posted on 11/19/2010)
A sure bet Review by Robert L. Sontrop "solitude and silence"
Having re-read this volume after a ten-year hiatus, I would heartily subscribe to the five previous reviews. There are no "gaps" in Fr.Rohrbach's step-by-step instruction for meditation ("mental prayer"). The language is "classic" college-level sentence structure and logical lead-ins. "Mental prayer," writes St.Teresa, " is nothing other than an intimate friendship, a frequent conversation WITH HIM BY WHOM WE KNOW OURSELVES TO BE LOVED." (emphasis mine) With the clear guidance of Fr.Rohrback's book, the reader is sure not to be cheated of THAT KIND of friendship and conversation offered by Teresa. But it presupposes the same determination and perseverence which she herself had to learn in her quest for the Beloved. As an aside, I need to connect this book with another (see Amazon.com reviews): He And i, by Gabrielle Bossis. I believe this volume is pure gift to our hectic, distractive, fast-paced age, just as Thomas a Kempis' Imitation of Christ was in a vastly slower age. He And i delivers, ON EACH PAGE, through "the joy of hearing My Voice", that experience of intimate friendship (and invitation for conversation) which, I believe, Teresa is talking about, and which Fr.Rohrback so carefully, methodically, serenely, and thoroughly spells out. My wife and I have "lived from" He And i for ten years, rendering Fr.Rohrbach's step-by-step menu perhaps OVERLY explanatory. However, for the beginner, or for the more scholarly and methodical minded, Conversation With Christ is a sure bet. Each and every path to communion with Christ is an eternal treasure begun in time. Fr. Rohrbach's is no exception. (Posted on 6/19/2008)
The Best that I know of... Review by M. Michael Crown "Son of Illuvatar"
Superb, practical, deep, non-fanatical. Opens vistas unimagined.Christian meditation and prayer at its finest, not always begging for things, but adoring, knowing, becoming one with Christ.Ends the dryness of the spiritual life.And it is not hard either. (Posted on 6/5/2008)
I first read this work nearly 50 years ago. Review by Robert Boudewyns
I was a young high schooler, being drawn by God into a life of greater awareness of God's love for me. This was my first "manual" in what the author calls meditation, but which would classically be called mental prayer or more simply, prayer.This volume grounded me. It helped me to move from a self-centered mysticism into a human being blessed to find his life re-immersed daily in the life of Jesus Christ. The "Conversation with Christ" that one is drawn into through the teachings of Teresa of Avila leads to frequent repentance, regular returning to the Lord, ongoing petition to be more and more available for the uses Jesus has for us, even into old age.The conversation never ends. Of course, it looks so different to me now than it did as a teenager. The secret is to never stop talking to Jesus, except when he invites you to.I have bought the new edition. It is the same as the 1956 edition except for a 1980 preface. I read it now as a primer on ways to talk to others about prayer. (Posted on 12/19/2004)
A Concise Masterpiece on the Art of Contemplation Review by Hans G. Schulte-albert
As a lay Carmelite, I think this book really gives you an accurate idea of how to meditate well on Christ and shows the basics of meaningful prayer with Jesus. I was really impressed with the various methods and examples given. I would highly recommend this book to postulants of the third order and those like myself, who truly wish to deepen their conversation with Christ.Well written and excellent tips... truly a classic! (Posted on 10/4/2003)
Excellent book.. Review by Polar Bear
This is an excellent introduction to praying with scripture.A priest friend had told me that he had learnt Christian meditation from this book in his formative years as a Carmelite. (Posted on 1/4/2000)