February 3, 2013

Spiritual Reading

Someone asked  recently for suggestions for spiritual reading.  I, too, would love some more suggestions as I'm still trying to decide what to read, though currently I'm reading (for heavier reading):  I Want to See God which is based on St. Theresa of Avila's Interior Castles, and Preparation for Death by St. Alphonsus Liguori as well as a lighter book The Perfect Joy of St. Francis.  Also, ever-ready on my night stand is The Imitation of Christ, which is a book I like to randomly open up.  It is just chuck full of little, short bits of wisdom. This is just a small portion of all the good books out there!  I'll have to check my shelves as well.

*** Particularly Lenten
Personal Favorites in Red

Treasure Box Books
Little Nellie of Holy God - Sr. M. Dominic
Mary Fabyan Windeatt Coloring Books

Younger Readers
Mary Fabyan Windeatt Books
Vision Books
In the Footsteps of the Saints Books
The King of the Golden City - Mother Mary Loyola
Fr. Francis Finn Books
Life of Little Nellie of Holy God - Anonymous

Lighter Personal Reading, Older Children and Family Read Alouds:
Three Religious Rebels - M. Raymond
The Family that Overtook Christ - M Raymond (sequel to the above book)
The Perfect Joy of St. Francis - Felix Timmermans
Quo Vadis - Henryk Sienkiewicz
Diary of a Country Priest - Georges Bernanos
Blessed Margaret of Castello - Fr. William R. Bonniwell
Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints
Joan of Arc - Mark Twain
Little Flowers of St. Francis 
Stories of Padre Pio - Tangari
The Song of Bernadette - Franz Werfel
The Golden Legend
The Big Fisherman - Lloyd Douglas
The Robe - Lloyd Douglas
The Silver Chalice - Thomas Costain

Spiritual Reading and Autobiographies
The Confessions of St. Augustine (autobiography)
The Cure of Ars (St. John Vianney) - F. Trochu
The Life of St. Gemma Galgani - Venerable Fr. Germanus
True Devotion to Mary - St. Louis de Montfort
Autobiography of St. Theresa of Avila
Story of a Soul (St. Therese the Little Flower)  
     (also available in MP3)
The Secret of the Rosary - St. Louis de Montfort
Victories of the Martyrs - St. Alphonsus Liguori
Attaining Salvation - St. Alphonsus Liguori
The Glories of Mary - St. Alphonsus Liguori
The Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ - St. Alphonsus Liguori ***
(Any of the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori)
AA-1025 - Marie Carre
Angels and Devils - Joan Carroll Cruz
Blessed Miguel Pro - Ann Ball
Catholic Apologetics - Laux
Catholic Morality - Laux
Chief Truths of the Faith - Laux
Mass and the Sacraments - Laux
The Dogma of Hell - Fr. F. X. Schouppe
Purgatory Explained - Fr. F. X. Schouppe
The Dolorous Passion - Anne Catherine Emmerich ***
    (also available in MP3)
Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco
The Latin Mass Explained - Msgr George Moorman
The Life of St. Francis of Assisi - St. Bonaventure
Life of St. Catherine of Sienna
Secrets of a Soul - Padre Pio's Letter to his spiritual director
The Rule of St. Benedict
St. Bernadette Soubirous - Trochu
St. Monica - Forbes
The Soul of the Apostolate - Chautard
This is the Faith - Ripley
Life of Christ - Fulton Sheen ***
The World's First Love - Fulton Sheen
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Importunate Friend - Fr. Alfonso Galvez
Commentary on the Song of Songs - Fr. Alfonso Galvez
(Anything by Fr. Alfonso Galvez)

Sermons of the Cure of Ars
Sermons of St. Francis de Sales on Our Lady
Sermons of St. Francis de Sales on Lent ***

Deeper Spiritual Reading
Introduction to the Devout Life - St. Francis de Sales
Treatise on the Love of God - St. Francis de Sales
Dark Night of the Soul - St. John of the Cross
(Any of the writings of St. John of the Cross)
Interior Castles - St. Theresa of Avila
The Way of Perfection - St. Theresa of Avila
(Any of the writings of St. Theresa of Avila)
The Book of Infinite Love - Mother Louise Margaret Claret
I Want to See God:  A Practical Synthesis of Carmalite Spirituality - P. Marie-Eugene
I Am the Daughter of the Church - P. Marie-Eugene (continuation of the above)
The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Sienna
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude the Great
The Life and Revelations of St. Anne Catherine Emmerich


  1. Wow! thanks Julie! I have some serious praying to do to see where to begin (-:

  2. I just paid 0$ for a kindle /ipad download of "the Life of St. Monica" by Forbes through Amazon yesterday! I actually got 4 Catholic classics for free!

    Thanks for the great list, Julie. Last year I read "the Silver Chalice" by Thomas Costain. It is good historical fiction. My 15yr old read it too. My daughter and I both recommend it.

  3. I really liked The Silver Chalice, too! I haven't read it in years. I'll have to pick that up again. One of my girls is reading that again now.