Fine-tune Your Understanding.


While reading this small book of Fr. Milward's, I found myself again and again pausing to do some serious thinking. The book is simple and clear—not unlike the Bible in that respect. Fr. Milward brings the poets (e.g., Shakespeare), other religions (Shinto; Buddhism), and the Puritans into play—always with charity and wholehearted fidelity to the Church's teaching. The sheer simplicity and clarity of this book are among its greatest strengths.Thomas Howard, author and scholar, noted for his studies of C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams

I moved through Fr. Milward's book on prayer with awe and appreciation. He has written an owner's manual for the soul, showing it how to acknowledge, adore, converse with, and lead others to God. Fr. Milward so effortlessly introduces readers to a wide range of theological concepts, Church teachings, and key saints (especially St. Ignatius and his influential Spiritual Exercises) in clear language uncluttered with jargon and picayune detail. His chapters on the "Our Father," and the "Hail Mary" (Our Lady's Prayer), fine-tune our understanding of what the words in these prayers mean and commit us to.—Philip C. Kolin, University Distinguished Professor, College of Arts and Letters, Univ. of Southern Mississippi


All creatures reflect God’s being, but it is man who bridges the realms of spirit and matter. Created in God’s image according to his spirit, man’s Fall exiled man from God, and himself. Fr. Milward maps the roads of the Judeo-Christian tradition that meet on the way of return. Nature’s realm still echoes God’s beauty, whose many sacred veils are the subject of symbolic theology. Scripture, through the medium of human language, reveals to fleeting man the unchanging Word of God. Nature and Scripture combine to form the sanctuary of Christian prayer, whose arches point inexorably to the infinitude of God’s Heaven that resounds with the Psalmist’s song “abyss calls unto abyss”. Fr. Milward’s book is a seamless tapestry of the journey of man on the Way that is Christ, who reminds each pilgrim soul that the kingdom of God is within.—William Dunn, STL, Diocese of Tulsa