Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality

Humor and tradition teach the lost art of prayer

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, July 9, 2014 – Not a solemn, sweetly pious reflection on the nature of prayer, a new book by internationally known writer and speaker, Matthew Leonard, weaves lucid discussion of topics like grace, freedom, and the intimate beauty of silence with entertaining pop-culture references to illustrate the modern-day power of prayer.

In Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014 ) Leonard uses Catholic tradition,  clear theology, and humorous stories from his own life to bring the concepts and actual practice of prayer into sharper focus for readers. He leads readers through prayer from the beginning – what it is, why to pray, how prayer works – then into the classic stages of the spiritual life that lead to a deeper relationship with God, the ultimate aim of prayer.  Deeper spiritual subjects such as purgation, illumination, contemplation, and abandonment are covered practically, and in everyday language, making the concepts approachable to Catholics of any level.

“Prayer Works! is a joyful announcement that work, family life, friends and chores don’t have to keep you from prayer. They can all be invitations to prayer. Matthew Leonard, in an engaging style, shows how ancient Catholic prayer traditions still meet the needs of today’s Catholics.” -- His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

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Matthew Leonard is an internationally-known speaker, author and Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. After serving as a missionary in Latin America, he earned his master’s degree in Theology from Franciscan University. Matthew and his wife Veronica have five children and make their home in Ohio. More information about Matthew can be found at