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Awakening To Prayer

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Awakening To Prayer

Augustine Ichiro Okumura, OCD


Translated from the original Japanese into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, and Spanish, Awakening to Prayer has already become a modern spiritual classic. In this simple yet profound book, Japanese Carmelite Augustine Ichiro Okumura explores the fundamental nature and root of prayer, the human and divine reality that underlies all praying.

  • ICS code: AP
  • Format: paperback
  • Pages: 98
  • ISBN: 978-0-935216-22-6


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Drawing on the images, stories, and insights of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, the author considers prayer as conversation, as listening, as resting in the divine. In a long chapter on the "anthropology of prayer," he discusses the relationship between prayer times and other daily activities, the need for both repeated ritual and silence, the problem of distractions and deviations in prayer. The book culminates in a moving reflection on Christ's prayer and what it means to pray authentically as a Christian.


About the Author


Augustine Ichiro Okumura, OCD was born into a Buddhist family in Japan in 1923, entered the Catholic Church in 1948, and was later ordained to the priesthood within the Order of Discalced Carmelites in 1957. A prolific author and theologian, he served as a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and was a leader in the Zen Buddhist-Christian dialogue in Japan. This is his first book to be published in English.


"Effective use of analogies, never losing the essence of Christian prayer while assimilating Asian spirituality."

—Sisters Today


"Every chapter is excellent."

—Homiletic and Pastoral Review