Luigi Gioia is Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of SantAnselmo in Rome and Research Associate of the Von Hügel Institute (Cambridge). In the past four years he has preached spiritual retreats in the UK, France, USA, Canada, Australia, Korea, China, Philippines and he has published widely in scholarly reviews. He is currently Visiting Scholar of the Divinity Faculty at Cambridge University.

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Luigi Gioia's starting point is similar to Merton's in its assumption that contemplative prayer is a far more earthy, gutsy and everyday affair than most people assume, and that it lies within the reach of anyone prepared to engage at depth with the challenges posed by the human search for meaning

Gemma Simmonds

his is a spiritual classic for the 21st century - Luigi Gioia is the Thomas Merton of our time. Soaked in the scriptures and with references to modern novels and plays, the author presents an examination of what contemplative prayer might mean today.

Dr. David Torevell


Luigi Gioia encourages us to respond to God’s prompting, to face what gets in our way and to follow with child-like trust to explore a new way of being with God: to pray as, and with, Jesus, in freedom and trust.

+ Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Luigi Gioia writes with great eloquence and from the standpoint of experience. Because it derives from reflection on the New Testament and has such a strong but subtle theological base, Say it to God will be a welcome source of instruction and consolation to many who feel the need to freshen their approach to God and their practice of prayer.

+Fr. Michael Casey OCSO

‘When it comes to prayer, keep it simple, keep it short, keep it real.’’