learn and understand the Our Father and Hail Mary is to learn the deepest
contours of the Church's interior life, for both are prayers that come from the
Holy Spirit, who is the soul of the Church.
At once meditative and catechetical, The Heart of Catholic Prayer dissects the
two anchors of our faith line by line in a journey into the Church's deep
tradition of prayer, drawing us more deeply into the heart of the mystery of
God's love. It's no coincidence the Our Father and the Hail Mary are closely
intertwined in the heart of the Church.
The Heart of Catholic Prayer expertly weaves the contemporary with the historical and the
theological with the practical as it opens up these most common of prayers with
a fresh and penetrating perspective for all to see. Mere rote recitation
of the Our Father and Hail Mary, without knowing what they mean, and
why we say them, threatens to characterize God as “a kind of cosmic vending
machine demanding correct change.”
Experience the ordinary truths of the Faith that the Church has always taught,
but in ways which will generate a spark of recognition in the contemporary mind.
Understand why these two prayers, since Christianity’s earliest days, have
occupied a central place in the life of faith.