Since everything that is used often tends to become eroded, the believers of today reveal a clear tiredness with regard to the old formulas of prayer. The answer to this fatigue could be the "modernization" of these traditional forms or even their abolition, replacing them by new models adapted to each time and place. Without denying the need for a permanent updating of the languages and forms of the praying experience, we think it is no less beneficial to re-learn how to pray, returning to the sources and founding moments of that experience.
This is the path proposed in this book in which the main word is given to the Fathers of the Church, that is, to the masters of spirituality who, throughout the first Christian centuries, prayed, meditated, and commented on the Our Father, in which they saw a synthesis of the Gospel and the prototype of all prayer. The patristic commentaries on the Pater highlight, on the one hand, the particularity of Christian prayer; on the other hand, they show us that the "Lord's Prayer" is both the "compendium" of all prayers and an inspiring model for every praying man and woman.