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A Scriptural Walk Through the Mass
Edward Sri
Intellectual Formation
Dr. Edward Sri takes us on a unique tour of the liturgy. Based on the revised translation of the Mass, this book explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the liturgy and explains their profound significance. This intriguing look at the Catholic Mass is sure to renew your faith and deepen your devotion to the Eucharist.The Mass can seem complicated or perhaps even boring. If you are looking to dive deeper into your understanding of the rich history of the Catholic Liturgy this is the book for you.While every aspect of our Catholic faith has its roots in Scripture, the event of the Mass can be jarring for other Christians. This book is a great recommendation for someone who is intrigued by the Mass or for someone who would benefit from knowing the rich foundations of our Liturgy
XBible (RSV)God
Scripture and Church Documents
The Bible is the word of God, spoken through history, written down by man through the action of the Holy Spirit and compiled by the Church. The Bible is a collection of books with various genres, written across hundreds of years.This Revised Standard Version of the Bible is for Catholics and other Christians to have a high-quality version of the text for personal reading, lectio divina, or introducing the Scriptures to someone new. This translation is one of the best English translations of Scripture as it seeks to preserve the style and verbiage of the original languages. This edition has limited footnotes and introductions.
XCatechism of the Catholic ChurchThe Church
Scripture and Church Documents
This catechism aims at presenting an organic synthesis of the essential and fundamental contents of Catholic doctrine, as regards both faith and morals, in the light of the Second Vatican Council and the whole of the Church's Tradition. Its principal sources are the Sacred Scriptures, the Fathers of the Church, the liturgy, and the Church's Magisterium. It is intended to serve "as a point of reference for the catechisms or compendia that are composed in the various countries".The Catechism of The Catholic Church is a key reference for anyone looking to grow in their knowledge of the faith. It is the best starting point for understanding why the Church believes what it does and offers, in plain English, explanations and reasoning for such.If someone has a difficulty or question about a particular subject of the faith many times the answer or the beginning of the answer can be found in the text of the Catechism which often provides Scripture passages, writings of the Saints, and other Church documents for further Essential
XCatholicism and ChristianityAlan Schreck
Intellectual Formation
"You're a Catholic. What do you believe?" You’re on the spot. What do you really believe—about the Bible, Mary, the saints, the pope, the sacraments? You wish some well-informed Catholic friends were around to help with the answer. Or perhaps you are asking the questions yourself. Catholic & Christian provides the answers you need. It is a readable and concise summary of often misunderstood Catholic beliefs, the teachings and practices that puzzle Catholics and non-Catholics alike. This is a book for all Catholics who want to know more about their faith.This book is for anyone who has questions about key topics in the faith or wishes to grow in their knowledge of the Church's tradition. With helpful lists and references to Scripture and the Church Fathers, this book is a great resource for reference if you are looking for a quick and thorough answer.This book is a great resource for a non-Catholic Christian interested in the Catholic Church as it clearly and adeptly provides answers to many questions one might have about Catholicism. Additionally, it is helpful for anyone in an environment where they feel their faith is questioned or attacked.V- Vocational
XConfessionsSt. AugustineBiographicalA theological and literary masterpiece, Confessions is the autobiography of St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the most influencial writers and Saints in Church history who lived in the 4th century AD. The book follows the story of his conversion, "Late have I loved Thee, Beauty so ancient and so new"Witnessing to the beauty of discoving the faith, reading through St. Augustine's transformation from pagan libertinism in his youth to the fullness of Christianity is beneficial for anyone seeking encouragement on the journey. Additionally, Augustine's thoughts on many issues from philosophy to culture and music have formed the basis for Catholic thought for centuries.St. Augustine was a man of great intellectual capacity who struggled greatly in front of the proposal of Christianity. Yet it was through his diverse philosophical background that he was able to bring such an influential newness into the Church. If you know someone who would benefit from experiencing how the pursuit of truth transformed the life of one man, this is the book to recommend. Suggested
XHail Holy QueenScott Hahn
Intellectual Formation
Building on scriptural and historical foundations, Dr. Scott Hahn presents a new look at the Marian doctrines: Her Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity, Assumption, and Coronation. As he guides modern-day readers through passages filled with mysteries and poetry, Hahn helps them rediscover the ancient art and science of reading the Scriptures and gain a more profound understanding of their truthfulness and relevance to faith and the practice of religion in the contemporary world.If you are uncertain of Mary's role in Salvation History, the life of the Church, or your own spiritual development this book is a fantastic introduction as Dr. Hahn deftly weaves in Scripture and Tradition to explain the importance of the Mother of God.Mary can be a decisive figure for many entering the Church. Even some Catholics are uncertain of how to approach the Blessed Mother. This book is a great reccommendation for anyone who would benefit from a rational exposition on the role of the Blessed Virgin.F- Fiction
Handbook of Christian Apologetics
Peter Kreeft
Intellectual Formation
Reasonable, concise, witty and wise, Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli have written an informative and valuable guidebook for anyone looking for answers to questions of faith and reason. Topics include: faith and reason, the existence of God, God's nature, how we know God, creation and evolution, providence and free will, miracles, the problem of evil, the Bible's historical reliability, the divinity of Christ, the resurrection, life after death, heaven and hell, salvation, Christianity and other religions, objective truthThis text is an excellent resource for anyone looking to develop their understanding of why the Church believes what it believes. The authors examine a multitude of counterarguments and present well-crafted arguments in favor of the tradition of the Church often utilizing multiple methods of approach. The book also includes reflective questions at the end of each chapter for readers to critically engage with the material.For someone who in need of a rigourous defense of the major tenets of Catholicism. Reccommend this book as a resource to be engaged with but recognize that the assumptions of many arguments may be challenged in a way unique to the individual you are presenting it to. If you are recommending this book it is important to be familiar with the arguments yourself as such, we suggest at least briefly reviewing relevant sections before dialogue.
XHe Leadeth MeFr. Walter CiszekBiographicalCaptured by a Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a "Vatican spy," Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek spent 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. Only through an utter reliance on God's will did he manage to endure the extreme hardship. Ciszek learns to accept the inhuman work in the infamous Siberian salt mines as a labor pleasing to God. And through that experice, he was able to turn the adverse forces of circumstance into a source of positive value and a means of drawing closer to the compassionate and never-forsaking Divine Spirit.
XIgnatian Discernment of SpiritsFr. Timothy GallagherPrayerFr. Gallagher helps us understand St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Rules for Discernment and how their insights are invaluable for our spiritual growth today. By integrating the Rules and the experience of contemporary people, Fr. Gallagher shows the precision, clarity, and insight of Ignatius’s Rules. This book is for all who desire greater awareness of God's action in their daily spiritual lives.Especially for analytically minded people, St. Ignatius' clear and perenial rules for the spiritual life provide an invaluable guide for progressing in faith. Discernment of Spirits is a method which acknowledges spiritual realities and gives us concrete tools for navigating the heart and soul.If someone has recently entered or rentered their faith and are confused by this new dimension of life, Fr. Gallagher's text is a great introductory resource on how we interact on a daily basis with the forces of good and evil.
XInterior FreedomFr. Jacques Philipe
Spiritual Development
Interior Freedom leads one to discover that even in the most difficult circumstances we possess within ourselves a space of freedom that nobody can take away, because God is its source and guarantee. Author Jacques Philippe develops a simple but important theme: we gain possession of our interior freedom in exact proportion to our growth in faith, hope, and love. He explains that the dynamism between these three theological virtues is the heart of the spiritual life, and he underlines the key role of the virtue of hope in our inner growth.Paralyzed by the magnitude of choice presented to us, it is easy to feel trapped by school, family life, or careers. Fr. Jaques Philipe gently and clearly unfolds the mystery of our freedom with tender and compassionate language. If you feel boxed in by the future or the past, reading this book is a breath of fresh air.If you notice a friend would benefit from some additional peace of heart and mind this book is a great recommendation in that it reminds us of our fundamental source of freedom. This book is an easy and quick read for anyone regardless of experience with books of a spiritual nature.
Is it Possible to Live this way? Vol. 1
Luigi Giussani
Spiritual Development
A compilation of Giussani's conversations with young people who have chosen the path of the consecrated life in the Church. As in all his works, Giussani encourages young people to be serious about their own existence and loyal to their experience. The conversations reported here are fascinating and insightful, providing support for a way of life that today is frequently questioned, rejected, or censured. Each work in the trilogy focuses on a different theological virtue.Grow in theological virtues, faith hope and love in a concrete way
Is it Possible to Live this way? Vol. 2
Luigi Giussani
Spiritual Development
Is it Possible to Live this way? Vol. 3
Luigi Giussani
Spiritual Development
XJoy of the GospelPope Francis
Writings of the Popes
The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) is the long-awaited teaching of Pope Francis on the proclamation of the Gospel. Pope Francis is calling upon the Church and the world with encouragement to begin a new chapter in evangelization. This dynamic document is written in the plain, everyday language for which the pope has become famous."The primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have recieved". This exhortation by Pope Francis is a call to each Christian to live with the enthusiasm and vitality that only Christ brings. We are called to be a missionary in all walks of life, Pope Francis reminds us of this mission and returns us to the source of all joy: the presence of God among us.Each Christian is called to recieve the Word, be convicted of it, and through our love of others, share it. Reccommend this book for someone who is seeking guidance in living as a Catholic in a secular world.
Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II's Love and Responsibility
Edward Sri
Intellectual Formation
Father Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) published Love and Responsibility in 1960, the fruit of his pastoral work, particularly among young people. His analysis of the true meaning of human love is life-transforming and practical, shedding light on real issues between men and women. Edward Sri unpacks the contents of this great work, making it accessible to every reader. The author emphasizes the down-to-earth nature of Love and Responsibility, helping readers appropriate practical information on romantic relationships, friendships, and the way we treat ourselves.
XMere ChristianityC.S. Lewis
Intellectual Formation
Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis's forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis saw as the fundamental truths of the religion. C.S. Lewis finds a common ground on which all those who have Christian faith can stand together, proving that "at the centre of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks the same voice."
XOrthodoxyG.K. Chesterton
Intellectual Formation
Of the numerous works that Chesterton wrote, the most scintillating synthesis of his philosophy and deeply religious faith was manifested in his masterpiece, Orthodoxy, written when he was only thirty-four and which tells, in his inimitable, soaring prose, of his earth-shaking discovery that orthodoxy is the only satisfactory answer to the perplexing riddle of the universe. Orthodoxy is perhaps the most outstanding example of the originality of his style and the brilliance of his thought.To fall back in love again with the grand romance of Christianity. Chesterton provides humorous analogies, beautiful imagery, and some much needed common sense for the common man. Highly quotable, witty and theologically sound, this book is an intellectual and semi-autobiographical journey from resolute agnosticism to the creed of the Apostles.Orthodoxy is a grand work, Chesterton not only provides arguments for the faith but educates the reader to the fullness of a humanity. This book can be a help for anyone willing to engage with the question of Christianity. Despite being written 100 years ago, the questions of our modern age still find a witty and complete answer in G.K. Chesterton
XReturn of the Prodigal SonHenry Nowen
Spiritual Development
A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on an unforgettable spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.
XRome Sweet Home
Scott and Kimberly Hahn
Intellectual Formation
Assembled from a popular series of tapes and radio specials, Rome Sweet Home is the spiritual journey of Scott and Kimberly Hahn. As Dr. Hahn puts it "It is a narrative of how we discovered the Catholic Church to be God's covenant family." Jointly written, both perspectives illuminate the reader to the rich faith of these intellectual giants as they honestly, thouroughly, and scripturally pursue a dwelling place with the Father.The journey of Kimberly and Scott Hahn from a deeply personal and intellectually honest Biblical Christianity to its fulfilment in the Catholic Church re-presents the drama of conversion, a conversion each of us are called to. This book is especially helpful for Catholics seeking to understand the viewpoints of our Christian brothers and sisters as Kimberly and Scott freely share their thoughts and feelings through each stage of their journey. It offers a refreshing view of scripture and the Church through the lense of God's covenants.If you have a friend who is encountering the drama of living at the threshold of Catholicism and Christianity or you feel comfortable enough in your relationship with someone to challenge them with an honest account of conversion, this is an excellent book to reccommend. It is helpful as well for anyone in a predominantly protestant family or environment to experience what Scott and Kimberly discovered in their relentless pursuit of Scriptural honesty.
XStory of a SoulSaint Thérèse de LisieuxBiographicalTwo and a half years before her death in 1897 at the age of 24, as Thérèse Martin began writing down her childhood memories at the request of her sisters in the Lisieux Carmel, few could have guessed the eventual outcome. Yet this Story of my soul, first published in 1898 in a highly edited version, quickly became a modern spiritual classic, read by millions and translated into dozens of languages around the world.
XThe Four LovesC.S. Lewis
Spiritual Development
C.S. Lewis contemplates the essence of love and how it works in our daily lives in one of his most famous works of nonfiction. Lewis examines four varieties of human love: affection, the most basic form; friendship, the rarest and perhaps most insightful; Eros, passionate love; charity, the greatest and least selfish. Throughout this compassionate and reasoned study, he encourages readers to open themselves to all forms of love—the key to understanding that brings us closer to God.
XTime for GodFr. Jacques PhilippePrayerWritten in a simple and modern style, author Jacques Philippe draws on years of experience as a spiritual guide to illuminate the fundamental principles of true prayer and describes some common mistakes and misconceptions that can lead it astray. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to make better use of their time with God.
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace
Vocational Resources
The entire collection of the Church's teaching on the role of the individual Catholic and the Church as a whole in the world. Begining from scripture and reflecting on the nature of the Church and the human person, the mission of each is revealed.Anyone interested in economics, politics, international affairs and governance should know the teaching of the Church and where such teachings originate. This is an excellent resource for reference in any of these matters.
Ethical Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
Vocational Resources
The Ethical and Religious Directives are concerned primarily with institutionally based
Catholic health care services. They address the sponsors, trustees, administrators, chaplains,
physicians, health care personnel, and patients or residents of these institutions and services.
Since they express the Church’s moral teaching, these Directives also will be helpful to Catholic
professionals engaged in health care services in other settings. The moral teachings that we
profess here flow principally from the natural law, understood in the light of the revelation
Christ has entrusted to his Church. From this source the Church has derived its understanding
of the nature of the human person, of human acts, and of the goals that shape human activity
VThe Risk of EducationLuigi Giussani
Vocational Resources
Luigi Giussani, a high school religion teacher throughout the 1950s and 1960s, grounded his teachings in the vast body of experience to be found in Christianity's two-thousand-year history. He told his students, “I'm not here to make you adopt the ideas I will give you as your own, but to teach you a method for judging the things I will say.” Throughout his life, education was one of Giussani's primary intellectual interests. He believed that effective education required an adequate background in the Christian tradition, presented within a lived experience that underscored the capacity of the faith to answer universal questions. In The Risk of Education he argues that, ultimately, education and the Christian message reveal themselves through human freedom.
The Vocation of the Business Leader
Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Vocational Resources
The vocation of the business leader. A reflection, published by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (which merged into the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, since August 2016), is a 32-page vademecum addressed to entrepreneurs, in their daily commitment to integrating faith and work, and to professors in their formative moments in schools and universities.
SA Severe MercySheldon Vanauken
Abandonment to Divine Providence
Fr. Jean-Pierre De Caussade S.J.
SDiscerning the Will of GodFr. Timothy GallagherPrayer
SGift and MysteryPope John Paul II
Writings of the Popes
SGod or NothingRobert Cardinal SarahBiographical
SI Believe in LoveFr. Jean C.J. D'ElbeeBiographical
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary
Brant Pitre
Intellectual Formation
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist
Brant Pitre
Intellectual Formation
SLife is a MiracleWendell Berry
SMany Religions -One CovenantPope Benedict XVI
SThe Last SuperstitionEd Feser
Intellectual Formation
SThe Place Within, Poetry of JPII
Pope John Paul II, Jerzy Peterkiewicz
This Day, Collected Sabbath Poems
Wendell Berry
FBrothers KaramazovFyodor DostoevskyFiction
Collected Works: Wise Blood, A Good Man is Hard to Find, The Violent Bear It Away, Everything That Rises Must Converge, Essays and Letter
Flannery O'ConnorFiction
FDeath Comes for the ArchbishopWilla CatherFiction
FEdge of SadnessEdwin O'ConnorFiction
FLove in the RuinsWalker PercyFiction
FMr. BlueMyles ConnollyFiction
FThe Divine ComedyDante AllegheriFiction
FThe Man Who Was ThursdayG.K. ChestertonFiction