"Why Bother Praying?" - Fr Richard Leonard SJ

why bother prayingWHY BOTHER PRAYING? (New York: Paulist Press, 2013)

Fr Richard Leonard’s book, 'Why Bother Praying?', can be bought at the front desk of the Parish Centre, Ron Dyer Centre, during office hours (8.30am to 4.30pm) for $20 (Whilst stocks last)

The book is available from Pauline Books & Media
150 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000
Ph 9264 8630; M-F 9.30 - 5; Sat 10-2


Why Bother Praying? is less about how to pray, and more about why we pray and what it does for us, for God and for the world. Richard explores the context within which we pray, what is distinctive about Christian prayer, praying to Jesus, what communal prayers do, how Mary and the Saints help us pray, and finally, what the point of prayer is - sending us out with Christ to witness to the reign of God in our world.

Praise for 'Why Bother Praying?'

Richard Leonard has done it again, tackled a difficult theological and spiritual question with honesty, deep knowledge, humor and a warm heart. Why Bother Praying? moved me to tears and to laughing out loud.. I urge you to buy this book and then you will also want to get the earlier one. William A. Barry SJ

This is a marvellous book. Richard Leonard writes with the intelligence of an academic, the wisdom of a rabbi and the sensitivity of a counsellor. Leonard neither baulks at contentious issues nor does it wallow in sentimentality, but illustrates from scripture, history and hagiography the durability of faith which draws on the deep wells of God.
Rev John Bell, Iona Community, Scotland

Why bother praying? Re-discover good reasons, offered with humility, humour and a wealth of inspiring anecdotes from the author’s own fascinating journey. Margaret Silf author of Inner Compass. What I like most about my friend Richard Leonard’s wonderful books, and what I would suspect thousands of other readers like as well, is his unique ability to be clear and pastoral, blunt and faithful, provocative and consoling, all at once. Why Bother Praying? is a wonderful contribution to the rich tradition of writings on Christian prayer, only this one is one that you’ll be able to understand--and use. James Martin SJ