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"He who prays will be saved, he who does not pray will be damned! " (St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church)

"Those who pray are certainly saved; those who do not pray are certainly damned." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

"I consider that it is obvious to everyone that it is impossible to live virtuously without the aid of prayer" (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"There is, in fact, such a necessary link between holiness and prayer that the one cannot exist without the other." (Pope St. Pius X, "Haerent Animo", 1908)

"All the damned are in hell because they have stopped praying!... They would not be there had they not stopped praying. " (St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church)

"All the saints are in heaven because they have prayed much. They would be less holy if they had prayed less, and they would not have been there at all, if they had not prayed " (St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church)

"As our body cannot live without nourishment, so our soul cannot spiritually be kept alive without prayer." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

"[T]here can be no solid achievement, nothing of lasting benefit, in the absence of the heavenly dew which is brought down in abundance by the prayer of the man who humbles himself." (Pope St. Pius X, "Haerent Animo", 1908)

"He who gives up regularity in prayer has lost a principal means of reminding himself that spiritual life is obedience to a Lawgiver, not a mere feeling or taste. " (Cardinal Newman)

"As We must ask God for daily bread for the sustenance of the body, so must We pray to Him for strength of soul for its nourishment in virtue. Hence that universal condition and law of life, which We have said is a perpetual battle, brings with it the necessity of prayer to God." (Pope Leo XIII, "Exeunte Iam Anno", 1888)

"There is no duty which Christ and His Apostles more emphatically urged by both precept and example than that of prayer and supplication to Almighty God. The Fathers and Doctors in subsequent times have taught that this is a matter of such grave necessity, that if men neglect it they hope in vain for eternal salvation." (Pope Leo XIII, "Fidentem Piumque Animum", 1896)

"God wishes us to realize, and always keep in mind, that. Unassisted by His heavenly grace, we can of ourselves do nothing, and should therefore apply ourselves to prayer with all the powers of our souls." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)

"If, then, we wish to persevere and to be saved - for no one can be saved without perseverance - we must pray continually. Our perseverance depends, not on one grace, but on a thousand helps which we hope to obtain from God during our whole lives, that we may be persevered in his grace." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

"Do not the continual needs of our soul and body warn us to have recourse to him who alone can supply them?" (St. John Vianney)

"It is morally impossible for him who neglects mediation to live without sin." (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church)

"Our meditation in this present life should be in the praise of God; for the external exultation of our life hereafter will be the praise of God; and none can become fit for the future life who has not practiced himself for it now." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church)

"The air which we breath, the bread which we eat, the heart which throbs in our bosoms, are not more necessary for man that he may live as a human being, than is prayer for the Christian that he may live as a Christian." (St. John Eudes)

"Our difficult age has a special need of prayer." (Pope John Paul II)

"There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer." (St. Faustina Kowalska)

"All spiritual writers in their books, all preachers in their sermons, all confessors in their instructions to their penitents, should not inculcate anything more strongly than continual prayer; they should always admonish, exclaim, and continually repeat: Pray, pray, never case to pray; for if you pray, your salvation will be secure; but if you leave off praying, your damnation will be certain. All preachers and directors ought to do this, because, according to the opinion of every Catholic school, there is no doubt of this truth, that he who prays obtains grace and is saved; but those who practice it are too few, and this is why so few are saved." (St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church)

"In order to conquer the emotions of lust, and the snares of the devil, lest we should be led into evil, we are commanded to seek the divine help in the words, 'pray that ye enter not into temptation.' How much more is this necessary, if we wish to labor for the salvation of others? Christ our Lord, the only begotten Son of God, the source of all grace and virtue, first showed by example what he taught in word: 'He passed the whole night in the prayer of God,' and when nigh to the sacrifice of his life, 'He prayed the longer.' The frailty of nature would be much less fearful, and the moral character would grow weak and enervated with much less ease if that divine precept were not so much disregarded and treated almost with disdain." (Pope Leo XIII, "Exeunte Iam Anno", 1888 A.D.)

"Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. [Jesus] said, 'There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, 'Render a just decision for me against my adversary.' For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, 'While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'' The Lord said, 'Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?'" (Lk. 18:1-8)

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