For the Love of God: Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Georges Gorree and Jean Barbier (T. Shand Alba Publications .70p)
Prayer and Modern Man by Jacques Ellul (Norfolk Press £1.40)
The Theology of Secularity by Gerald O'Collins, Si (Mercier 75p) The Rule of St Albert by Hugh Clarke and Bede Edwards (Carmelite Book Service . . . ) Silent Pilgrimage to God by a Little Brother (Darton Longman and Todd 90p) For the Love of God is a splendid little book. It relates in very moving language the story and work of Mother Teresa and the motives that inspire them.
"A starving woman was picked up off the streets, her body covered in sores, and while Mother Teresa was washing her and putting her to bed, she murmured: 'Why are you doing this?' Mother Teresa answered gently: 'For the love of God'." The whole of this book is an expression of that love. It tells of her work in the shanty-towns of Calcutta, of her unselfish service to the dying and her labours among the lepers. The book is beautifully illustrated.
Jacques Ellul's book is not another on how to pray. Its purpose, as the author points out in his preface, is not to teach a person how to pray or to guide him in his prayer, nor is it an attempt to analyse the nature of prayer. Its main purpose is to write of prayer in its relationship to modern man, the product of our scientific and technological age, a man who neither knows how to pray nor has any desire to do so. Much of the book then is devoted to an analysis of why this is so.
The author writes of the obstacles which stand in the way of prayer. He does not confine himself to the unbeliever. He also criticises some of the traditional ways of praying. This is a book that is provocative, deeply spiritual and profound.
Fr O'Collins' book challenges the views of those who believe that man is losing his religious sense and those others, like Harvey Cox, who advocate the complete secularisation of religion. The author believes ithaant yChorbissttaiacnieitsy thoas bfulefeilnlinrgid iotsf ri
proper Christian task in this world.
There are chapters in the book on the relationship of the Old Testament, of Christ, and of the Church with secularity. Fr O'Collins devotes a chapter to the Cross and Resurrection, emphasising the fact that "they alone provide the central focus for a theology of secularity."
This is an excellent. addition to the "Theology today Series."
The Rule of Saint Albert contains a valuable introduction to the rule of St Albert, the oldest source of the Carmelite Order. This is followed by the Latin text of the rule with an English translation.
Silent Pilgrimage to God has for its sub-title "The Spirituality of Charles de Foucauld.
It is a study of the motives which inspired him to become a hermit in the African desert. The book also contains a series of extracts from his writings. It is a worth-while addition to the literature on this saintly hermit.
M. Nassan, SJ