Paul Murray, O.P., Praying with Confidence, Aquinas on the Lord’s Prayer (New York: Continuum, 2010).
Those readers who, in the past, have found the study of Aquinas especially daunting, will be grateful to the Dominican Paul Murray for the freshness and clarity he brings to his task. Praying with Confidence: Aquinas on the Lord’s Prayer is both a stimulating scholarly study and an ideal introduction for the general reader. Never before have the most important reflections by Aquinas on the Lord’s Prayer been drawn together and considered in a single book. Here, Aquinas comes alive not merely as a profound speculative theologian but also as an impressive master and guide of the spiritual and moral life. And he also comes across, on occasion, as a teacher capable of saying the unexpected, openly confessing, for example, “…it is hardly possible to say a single Our Father without our minds wandering off to other things.” The style of Aquinas is, for the most part, plain and expository, but evident on every page is the serene, unmistakable mark of wisdom, Aquinas’s own, and that of the great tradition.
Paul Murray OP, is Irish by birth. He now works in Rome, where he teaches the literature of the mystical tradition at the Angelicum.
Table of Contents
Foreword – Fr Robert Barron
1. Our Father
2. Who Art in Heaven
3. Hallowed Be Thy Name
4.Thy Kingdom Come
5. Thy Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven
6. Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
7. And Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us
8. And Lead Us Not Into Temptation
9. But Deliver Us From Evil
Appendix: Character And History Of Aquinas’s Texts On The Our Father