George Weigel famously said that Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, based on a series of Wednesday General Audience talks, would be a theological “time bomb” in the 21st century. Well, it increasingly appears that Pope Benedict XVI detonated a spiritual bombshell with his “School of Prayer” catechesis delivered during General Audience talks in 2011 and 2012. You can read them online here and in a handsome edition from Ignatius Press here. Deacon James Keating of the Institute for Priestly Formation has created a series of popular and theologically rich talks on the “school” and now Fr. Andreas Schmidt has written a useful and attractively produced booklet for the Knights of Columbus, “We Have Come to Adore Him”: An Introduction to Prayer at the School of Benedict XVI. Until recently, I shamefully neglected my prayer life, and Pope Benedict has been showing me the way forward. Long may he reign in our hearts.

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