Spiritual Reading

 A Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan

Don’t neglect your spiritual reading. Reading has made many saints.

-Saint Josemaria Escriva

Spiritual Reading, Spiritual Classics, History & Culture, Literary Classics, Catholicism Explained

Spiritual Reading

  • Navarre Bible-A Great way to read scripture with solid Catholic commentary. This is published by Scepter, but also available through sites such as Amazon.
  • Aumann – Spiritual Theology
  • Baur – Frequent Confession
  • Baur – In Silence with God
  • Boylan – Difficulties in Mental Prayer
  • Boylan – Tremendous Lover
  • Burke – Covenanted Happiness
  • Caussaude – Abandonment to Divine Providence
  • Chautard – Soul of Apostolate
  • Cizek – He Leadeth Me
  • de la Palma – The Sacred Passion
  • de Sales – Introduction to Devout Life
  • de Sales – Treatise on the Love of God
  • d’Elbee – I Believe in Love
  • Escriva – Christ is Passing By
  • Escriva – Way, Furrow, Forge
  • Escriva – Way of the Cross
  • Faber – All for Jesus
  • Garrigou-Lagrange – Three Ages of Interior Life, I
  • Garrigou-Lagrange – Three Ages of Interior Life, II
  • Granada – Sinner’s Guide
  • Holzner – Paul of Tarsus
  • Kelly – Rediscovering Catholicism
  • Kempis – The Imitation of Christ
  • Liguori – 12 Steps to Holiness and Salvation
  • Liguori – The Practice of the Love of God
  • Liguori – Uniformity with God’s Will
  • Martinez – True Devotion to the Holy Spirit
  • Montfort – True Devotion
  • Lovasik – The Hidden Power of Kindness
  • Manzoni – Betrothed
  • More – Sadness of Christ
  • Perquin – Abba Father
  • Plus – Winning Souls for Christ
  • Rohrbach – Conversation with Christ
  • Scupoli – Spiritual Combat
  • Sheed – Theology for Beginners
  • Sheed – To Know Christ Jesus
  • Sheen – Life of Christ
  • Sheen – Three to Get Married
  • Tanqueray – Spiritual Life

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Spiritual Classics

  • Augustine – City of God
  • Augustine – Confessions of St. Augustine
  • St. Catherine – Little Talks with God (modernized version of “The Dialogues”)
  • Chesterton – Everlasting Man
  • Chesterton – Orthodoxy
  • John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul
  • Lewis – Problem with Pain
  • Lewis – Mere Christianity
  • Lewis – Screwtape Letters
  • Oursler – The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Mother Teresa – Meditations from a Simple Path
  • St. Teresa of Avila – Interior Castle
  • Teresa of Avila-Way of Perfection
  • St. Therese of Lisieux – Story of a Soul
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – My Way of Life

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History and Culture

  • Belloc – The Great Heresies
  • Belloc – How The Reformation Happened
  • Belloc – Survivals and New Arrivals
  • Carroll – History of Christendom (All Volumes)
  • Crocker – Triumph
  •  Dawson – Christianity and European Culture
  • Guardini – End of the Modern World
  • Knox – Enthusiasm
  • Leclercq – Love of Learning and the Desire for God
  • Walsh – Our Lady of Fatima

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Literary Classics

  • Benson – Lord of the World
  • Bernanos – The Diary of a Country Priest
  • Cervantes – Don Quixote
  • Dante – Divine Comedy
  • Eliot – Christianity and Culture
  • Endo – Silence
  • Hopkins – Hopkins: Poetry and Prose
  • Newman – Idea of a University
  • O’Connor – Flannery O’Connor: Complete Stories
  • Percy – Lost in Cosmos
  • Percy – Love in the Ruins
  • Sienkiewicz – Quo Vadis
  • Tolkien – Lord of Rings
  • Kristen Lavransdatter 1
  • Kristen Lavransdatter 2
  • Kristen Lavransdatter 3
  • Waugh – Brideshead Revisited

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Catholicism Explained

  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Adams – The Spirit of Catholicism
  • Bouyer – Spirit and Forms of Protestantism
  • Hahn – Rome Sweet Home
  • Kreeft – Christianity for Modern Pagans
  • Newman – Essay on Development of Christian Doctrine
  • Ott – Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma
  • Pieper – The Four Cardinal Virtues
  • Trese-The Faith Explained

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Holy Men and Women

  • Chesterton – St. Francis of Assisi
  • Day – Long Loneliness
  • John XXIII – Journal of a Soul
  • Merton – Seven Storey Mountain
  • Muggeridge – Something Beautiful for God
  • Newman – Apologia Pro Vita Sua
  • Suarez – Mary of Nazareth
  • Trochu – Cure of Ars
  • Wegener – Thomas More
  • Weigel – Witness to Hope

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• Benedict XVI – Opera Omnia – Misc

• Benedict XVI – Day by Day with the Pope – Misc

• Bennet – The Temperament God Gave You – Misc

• Bennet – The Emotions God Gave You – Misc

• Chesterton – St. Thomas Aquinas

• Chevrot – Simon Peter

• Enzler – My Other Self – Misc

• Guardini – The Lord

• Hannam – God’s Philosophers – History

• Hildebrand – Transformation

• Hildebrand – The Privilege of Being a Woman

• John Paul II – Opera Omnia – Misc

• Masson – Companion Guide to Rome – Misc

• Monti – King’s Good Servant but God’s First

• Neuhaus – Catholic Matters – Misc.

• Newman – The Rule of Our Warfare

• Phillipe – Opera Omnia

• Rice – 50 Questions on the Natural Law – Misc.

• Sertillanges – Intellectual Life – Misc
• Stein – Woman – Misc

• Vann – The Divine Pity

Taken from https://www.catholicity.com/mccloskey/readingplan.html
by Father John McCloskey