Sr Mary Clare Vincent, then prioress of a community of Benedictine nuns in Petersham, Massachusetts, originally published this collection of her conferences on prayer in 1982 as The Life of Prayer and the way to God at the urging of those who had heard her conferences or received spiritual direction from her. Now retired as prioress, she is still much in demand as a spiritual director and counselor, for the constancy of her teaching on prayer and its deep roots in the Christian tradition make her words timeless.