Eugene McCaffrey just wants to get people praying―and keep on praying. A seasoned retreat director, he has written a short, simple guide to prayer rich in encouragement and inspiration. His method is simple but effective. He offers in each chapter a few words from such well known names as Teresa of Avila, Teilhard de Chardin and T.S. Eliot. These quotations are then a jumping off point for presenting prayer from several different angles: discovery, God's presence, listening, contemplative meditation, awareness, friendship, petition and compassion. Why Patterns of Prayer works: ―has short, to-the-point chapters. ―offers gentle encouragement without being pushy. ―can be read in small chunks―on a bus, train or plane. ―is ideal for prayer groups, individuals, use in hospitals and hospices.