Our Father, Who Art on Earth

by Jose Tolentino Mendonca

Our Father, Who Art on Earth
Publication date: 2013-04-17
Number of pages: 160
ISBN: 9780809147984
In this unusual and captivating commentary, acclaimed poet, priest, and professor José Tolentino Mendonça casts a keen and probing eye on that most beautiful of prayers, the Our Father. He goes far beyond the usual line-by-line biblical and spiritual exegesis and offers readers a cultural, literary, and indeed spiritual commentary couched in a compelling style that also reveals his poetic gift.

Elie Wiesel, Raymond Carver, Angelus Silesius, St. Augustine, Cervantes, St. Paul, Thomas Merton, T. S. Eliot, Simone Weil, Ernest Hemingway—these are only a few of the names the author references in his commentary. But, as the preface indicates: “...above all, the decisive and fundamental reference is to the word of the Bible. Cross references to various biblical passages become a kind of dance in the Biblical text in which the reader is invited to join, moving from Genesis to Apocalypse, from the Gospel according to St. Luke to that according to John, from Matthew to the Letter to the Hebrews.”

This thought-provoking book, which can be picked up and read whenever one has a few free moments, will banish the often rote recitation that accompanies the our Father and will change the way that readers see and say this beloved prayer.
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