The God who emerges in Why Bother Praying? is compassionate, understanding and loving. We go to God as we are – and if we are angry with God, there is no harm in saying so. If prayer is not honest, it is not prayer!
Australian Jesuit, Fr Richard Leonard, is the author of the 2010 book Where the Hell is God? and the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting. He introduces the themes in his new book by explaining what motivated him to explore the question: Why Bother Praying?
A stroke of good fortune allowed Richard Leonard SJ to be in Rome for the election of Pope Francis.
Thinking Faith asked some of our authors to tell us about their hopes and fears for the year ahead: what are the prayers that they will bring with them to the crib this Christmas?
How does one respond with integrity and wisdom to suffering? Father Richard Leonard’s book is a courageous attempt to tackle these challenges head on.
In a recently published book, Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard looks at how we understand the presence of God in our lives when we are faced with suffering. Using his own experience of a family tragedy, Fr Richard speaks about his personal response when he is tempted to ask: ‘Where the hell is God?’
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