Irish Dominican friar, Paul Murray OP, has just published his latest book. Entitled In The Grip of Light - The Dark And Bright Journey Of Christian Contemplation this latest work by fr Paul draws attention to the wisdom and experience of those men and women in the Christian tradition who have come close to the presence of God.
Drawing on the writings of authors of Saint Catherine of Siena, John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart and Teresa of Avila he charts how their words can, in some way, explain the nature of the experience of the presence of God and how their writings can speak to our generation.
Fr Paul is a prolific author on the topic of spiritual theology, is a authority on T S Eliot and is the author of many collections of poetry.
This latest book is based on public lectures given in London, Washington and Oxford.
The final chapter of the book on contemplative prayer in the Dominican tradition will appeal to Dominicans everywhere.
That chapter deals with the beginnings of Dominican spirituality and will help the reader to, as fr Paul says, to have "at near compulsion to pass on to others things we ourselves have contemplated (which) should be a notable characteristic of every Dominican."
This excellent book is published by Burns & Oates, an imprint of Continuum-Bloomsbury, and is available in Ireland through Veritas bookshops.
See Fr Paul's profile on the Continuum website.