Lord, I Believe
Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 1989
Austin Farrer (1904-1968) was a brilliant Anglican theologian, Scripture scholar and metaphysician. Chaplain at Trinity College and later of Keble College, Oxford, he was invited to give several distinguished lectures - those of Deems, Gifford, Bampton.
Originally published in 1955, Lord, I Believe has as subtitle "Suggestions for Turning the Creed into Prayer." Here are seven chapters on the articles of the Creed filled with a penetrating faith, the paradox of mysticism, and a completely natural spirit of prayer. In addition to considerations on the dogmas of the Trinity, creation, and Christ's saving death, there are, at the same time, reflections on the human situation - the meaning of friendship, possession and loss, faith and courage.
There is an introductory chapter on the necessity for doctrine informing or being part of prayer. "Prayer and dogma are inseparable. They alone explain each other No dogma deserves its place unless it is prayable, and no Christian deserves his dogmas who does not pray them."
The last chapter develops a specific suggestion for translating dogma into prayer. The "heaven-sent aid" is a type of prayer similar to the rosary. The rosary is "a method or prayer... to be used freely"; it is an "unbreakable thread, something I can hold onto in which the words accompany the beads, and the mind the words. " The mysteries of joy, obedience, grief, and glory are a summary not only of Christ's life, but also of our own as well.
First published almost thirty-five years ago, there is a time-less and universal quality about these meditations - ideal for those who wish suggestions for prayer in a classical but warm and ever-relevant manner.
--Thomas A. Thompson, S.M.Return to Book Review Index
Prepare for Christmas by journeying with Mary to Bethlehem. Drawing on the liturgy, these warm and inspirational reflections will help you celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons with faith and prayer. It only takes a few minutes a day, even in the busy Christmas season, to take time out for the Lord.
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