by Walter Farrell, O.P.
Publisher: Sheed and Ward, 1953 (Not all copies have dust cover)
Father Walter Farrell is remembered as the foremost Dominican theologian in the United States until his untimely death in 1951. He was a preacher, retreat master, professor of theology, writer and even a US Navy chaplain during World War II. His greatest contribution is his four-volume Companion to the Summa, which served as both textbook and spiritual reference for many years - and still does. Father's most famous work is available online for all to consult - and is known for its conversational yet authoritative tone.
Only Son follows this same tone and way of instructing - in many ways, it seems like his own meditations and musings on the life of Christ. Easily readable and engaging for meditation and mental prayer. The last two years of his life, Father Farrell had been working on this life of Our Lord. But God called him from this life before he could complete it. The chapters on Our Lord's Death and Resurrection are from his Companion to the Summa.
An interesting and touching hallmark of his Dominican apostolate is that he was a pioneer in the teaching of theology to lay people.
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