Recommended Reading

"Only God knows the good that can come about by reading one good Catholic book." 

- St. John Bosco

Spirituality

Recorded in the 15th century, The Interior Castle is still one of the most well-known accounts of mystical theology today. St. Teresa, a mystic and nun who regularly communed with God, recorded a particular vision involving a crystal globe and seven mansions, each representative of a different level of the human soul

St Therese of Avila

The Interior Castle

In this age of relentless activity it is easy for Christians, particularly those involved in good works, to fall into the pattern of the activist.  But mere activity and material results are not sufficient for a successful apostolate. In his classic work The Soul of the Apostolate,  Dom Chautard demonstrates that the very foundation of all apostolic work must be the Interior Life.  The apostle of Christ will grow to become an instrument and true channel of God’s graces to the world only through prayer, meditation and the cultivation of the Interior Life.  When one is involved in works of spiritual or corporal charity, his work can only be truly efficacious when he anchors his Interior Life in Christ. 

Dom Chautard

The Soul of the Apostolate

How can God will or allow evil? Why does God allow bad things to happen to innocent people? Why does God appear not to answer our prayers? In this text co-authored by a canonized Saint, these questions and many more are answered. The book's message is simple: God's plan is perfect, and to trust in His will is the “secret of happiness and content,” the one sure-fire way to attain serenity in this world and salvation in the next. 

Fr Jean Baptise Saint-Jure, S.J. & Saint Claude De La Colombiere

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence

The practicality of St. Teresa's teaching about mental prayer shines through in this wonderful synopsis of her writings about it–something she said "the whole world could not purchase." Learn how we should pray, in order to grow in the spiritual life.

Peter Thomas Rohrbach

Conversation with Christ

A classic guide to the spiritual life that had a direct influence on several Popes, generations of priests and religious, and countless members of the laity. Firmly rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy, and the writings of the Saints and Doctors of the Church, Marmion explores every aspect of Catholic dogma — with penetrating insight — but his great emphasis is on the person of Christ,and the doctrine of Divine Adoption.

Dom Marmion

Christ the Life of the Soul

The Mass of All Time is a collection of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's sermons, classes and notes on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass...a compendium of what he taught on the Mass - its rites, spirit, prayers, theology, spirituality, and grace. Many of these texts have never been published before. Fr. Patrick Troadec, rector of the Society of St. Pius X's seminary in Flavigny, France, collected and organized the Archbishop's manifold writings and speeches on the Mass and presents them here

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

The Mass of All Time

No Catholic should be ignorant of the mighty "little" Thérèse or her Little Way. St. Thérèse died at only age 24, after a nine-year hidden life as a cloistered Carmelite nun. Written under obedience, the book conveys her secrets of great holiness achieved in ordinary life, teaching the "Little Way of Spiritual Childhood" - her "elevator" to Heaven, as she called it.

St. Therese of Lisieux

The Story of a Soul

Brother Lawrence, a 17th century French monk, learned to practice the presence of God at all times. This book is a collection of documented conversations and letters that reveal the heart of this humble man, and show how each of us can learn to be mindful of God's presence in every facet of our lives. He wrote: "The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen...I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament."

Brother Lawrence

The Practice of the Presence of God

philosophy

One of the most important philosophy titles published in the twentieth century, Josef Pieper's Leisure, the Basis of Culture is more significant, even more crucial, today than it was when it first appeared more than fifty years ago. Leisure is an attitude of the mind and a condition of the soul that fosters a capacity to perceive the reality of the world. Pieper shows that the Greeks and medieval Europeans, understood the great value and importance of leisure. He also points out that leisure can be born only in religion and that leisure has been, and always will be, the first foundation of any culture. 

Josef Pieper

Leisure, the Basis of Culture

In this profound philosophical and spiritual work, Solange Hertz (a housewife who raised 5 children while writing numerous books and articles) illuminates the true nature and spiritual mission of women. Written in an easy, conversational, occasionally humorous style, with numerous amusing anecdotes from the author's own life, Searcher of Majesty is a thoroughly enjoyable read, filled with deep insights not only into female psychology and spirituality, but the spiritual life and the nature of man as a whole. An excellent read for both women and men. 

Solange Hertz

Searcher of Majesty

This book provides a detailed, updated exposition and defense of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philosophical proofs of God’s existence: the Aristotelian, the Neo-Platonic, the Augustinian, the Thomistic, and the Rationalist. It also offers a thorough treatment of each of the key divine attributes—unity, simplicity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience, perfect goodness, and so forth—showing that they must be possessed by the God whose existence is demonstrated by the proofs. Finally, it answers at length all of the objections that have been leveled against these proofs. 

Edward Feser

Five Proofs for the Existence of God

Jacques Maritain's An Introduction to Philosophy was first published in 1931. Since then, this book has stood the test of time as a clear guide to what philosophy is and how to philosophize. Inspired by the Thomistic Revival called for by Leo XIII, Maritain relies heavily on Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas to shape a philosophy that, far from sectarian theology in disguise, is driven by reason and engages the modern world. 

Jacques Maritain

An Introduction to Philosophy

In The Four Cardinal Virtues, Joseph Pieper delivers a stimulating quartet of essays on the four cardinal virtues. He demonstrates the unsound overvaluation of moderation that has made contemporary morality a hollow convention and points out the true significance of the Christian virtues.

Josef Pieper

The Four Cardinal Virtues

One of Frank Sheed's most popular books, this ideal volume for the layman shows the practical aspects of theology in the life of a Christian believer. Logic, clarity, and simplicity permeate this eminently readable book. Drawing from his fifty years of street-corner preaching, as well as his long career as an author, lecturer and publisher, Sheed understands and communicates better than anyone the importance of theology and its relationship to living sanely in today's world. 

Frank Sheed

Theology and Sanity

A steadfast champion of the working man, family, and faith, Chesterton was one of the most influential English & Catholic writers of the 20th century. Culled from the thousands of essays he contributed to newspapers and periodicals over his lifetime, What’s Wrong With the World pulses with Chesterton's unique brand of sharp commentary. As readable and rewarding today as when they were written over a century ago, these essays offer Chesterton's unparalleled analysis of contemporary ideals, his incisive critique of modern efficiency, and his humorous but heartfelt defense of the common man against trendsetting social assaults and political correctness.

G.K. Chesterton

What's Wrong with the World

Originally published in 1948, at the height of post–World War II optimism and confidence in collective security, Ideas Have Consequences uses “words hard as cannonballs” to present an unsparing diagnosis of the ills of the modern age. Widely read and debated at the time of its first publication,the book is now seen asone of the foundational texts of the modern conservative movement. In its pages, Richard M. Weaver argues that the decline of Western civilization resulted from the rising acceptance of relativism over absolute reality. In spite of increased knowledge, this retreat from the realist intellectual tradition has weakened the Western capacity to reason, with catastrophic consequences for social order and individual rights.

Richard Weaver

Ideas Have Consequences

Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction provides an overview of Scholastic approaches to causation, substance, essence, modality, identity, persistence, teleology, and other issues in fundamental metaphysics. The book interacts heavily with the literature on these issues in contemporary analytic metaphysics, so as to facilitate the analytic reader’s understanding of Scholastic ideas and the Scholastic reader’s understanding of contemporary analytic philosophy. The Aristotelian theory of actuality and potentiality provides the organizing theme, and the crucial dependence of Scholastic metaphysics on this theory is demonstrated. The book is written from a Thomistic point of view, but Scotist and Suarezian positions are treated as well where they diverge from the Thomistic position.

Edward Feser

Scholastic Metaphysics

Hilaire Belloc's best work — according to the author, as well as most critics — The Path to Rome is less concerned with Rome itself than with a pilgrim's journey to the Eternal City. A spirited Catholic apologist, Belloc traveled on foot from Toul (near Nancy), France, and crossed the Alps and the Apennines in order to, in his words, "see all Europe which the Christian Faith has saved." Afterward, he turned his pen from his usual polemics to literature, and related in finely crafted prose his myriad experiences with the people he met along the way, as well as his reflections on tradition, politics, landscape, and much else. Throughout, the work abounds in Belloc's inimitable wit and good humor, and displays his profound love for the land, his faith, and his fellow man.

Hilaire Belloc

The Path to Rome

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