Two books by the renowned Jesuit priest Fr John Edwards SJ, who died shortly before Christmas, have been republished. Ways of Praying and Ways of Knowing God's existence and His will were originally published by Family Publications in 1982 and 1997 respectively. They were reissued by Catholic publishers, Gracewing, on 14 December 2012 - two days after Fr Edwards' death at the age of 83.
Writing when it was first published, Cardinal Basil Hume OSB recommended Ways of Praying for anyone who wanted to grow in their spiritual life. 'This book should prove a useful and easily available reminder to priests, religious and laity, and especially to young people, of the vital importance of prayer,' he wrote. He added that he was particularly pleased to see the emphasis that Fr Edwards gave in the book to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, something that was particularly significant in his own 32-year ministry at Farm Street Jesuit Church in London.
In Ways of Knowing God's existence and His will, Fr Edwards drew on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola. It offered practical advice to priests called to guide people in their spiritual lives as well as providing help to those perplexed about their beliefs. Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti of Glasgow described the book as 'clear and uncluttered'; while Sr Briege McKenna OSC, recipient of the Outstanding Catholic Leadership Award from the Catholic Leadership Institute, called it 'an oasis in the desert' and 'the pure well-spring of Jesuit spirituality'.
Both books can be ordered directly from Gracewing: www.gracewing.co.uk at £4.99.