Lord, Teach us to Pray: A Guide to the Spiritual Life and Christian Discipleship, by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STL
This terrific, easy-to-read volume offers a primer on the Catholic faith and the basics of prayer in the Catholic tradition.
The genius of Lord, Teach Us to Pray is that after providing a remedial crash-course on Christianity, it helps readers create a meaningful Rule of Life, following principles established by the great saints. This two-phased approach—basic catechesis, followed by concrete action—has proved to be a remarkably effective way to help Catholics of all ages draw closer to Jesus.
The book is highly valuable for individual readers, but also can be very effective for group study. A Discussion Guide (sold separately) helps small groups focus on the most salient parts of the book and support each other in their spiritual life.
“Fr. Kirby has created a valuable tool in assisting people develop and deepen their prayer life. This beautiful work on prayer can be useful for all people serious about their faith journey, but would be especially helpful for young adults seeking to discern the direction of their response to God. It offers a “roadmap” for developing a satisfying prayer life.”
Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, DD, Bishop of Charleston
“Father Kirby has written a guide that is steeped in scripture and that truly helps the reader learn who Jesus is, how to do what he asks, and how to be in a deeper relationship with him. This book is a very helpful resource for anyone who seeks to improve his or her spiritual life. I highly recommend it.”
Very Reverend Robert Barron, STD, Rector/Pres. of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake
“Lord, Teach Us to Pray is a concrete, practical and inspiring lesson on how to develop a more intimate relationship with Jesus within the community of believers. Fr. Kirby’s book is a wonderful gift for those looking to live an authentically Christian life in the Church. You will not be disappointed in reading and reflecting on this instructive book.”
Msgr. James F. Checchio, JCD, Rector, Pontifical North American College
“The Church needs more spiritual guides like Fr. Jeff Kirby. In his wonderful book on the spiritual journey, Fr. Kirby provides a great resource to help people grow in their relationship with the Lord and discover more fully their personal mission in life as a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ.”
Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, STD, Bishop of Birmingham
“It is a pleasure to highly recommend Father Kirby’s new book. I know that his theological studies in Rome and his wide pastoral experience with young people have equipped him to present the faith in a way that is doctrinally rich and sensitive to the questions and needs of today’s young people. I am confident that this book will enrich the faith and Christian life of those who use it.”
Msgr. Francis D. Kelly, Canon of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome
PART ONE: “LORD”
CHAPTER ONE: Baptism and a Personal Decision for Christ
CHAPTER TWO: Jesus Christ and Salvation History
CHAPTER THREE: My Faith—the Church’s Faith
PART TWO “TEACH US”
CHAPTER FOUR: First Conversion of the Spiritual Life
CHAPTER FIVE: Virtue and Life in the Spirit
CHAPTER SIX: Rule of Life
PART THREE: “TO PRAY”
CHAPTER SEVEN: The Lord Among Us
CHAPTER EIGHT: Living a Life of Prayer
CHAPTER NINE: A Prayerful Spirit
Father Jeffrey Kirby is a priest of the Diocese of Charleston. He holds a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Holy Cross University in Rome. As the diocesan Vicar of Vocations for the past several years, Fr. Kirby has guided numerous young men and women in the spiritual life and in the process of discernment. Drawing on these experiences, he wrote the book Lord, Teach Us To Pray. In 2011, he founded the Drexel House, a Catholic Residence for Men.