Book List

The following books I believe to be helpful in developing a truly Catholic understanding of the spiritual life. This is a work in progress: I hope to better categorize, expand, and annotate this bibliography. For now, the list is in no particular order.

Where available, I have provided links to a source for purchasing/obtaining the materials.  All Amazon links are affiliate links and any purchase made through that link will benefit the upkeep of this blog.  Thank you.

My favorite source for out-of-print titles is Loome Theological Booksellers.

The Bible Especially: Psalms, the Gospels, the Epistles, the Apocalypse

Louis De Montfort
True Devotion to Mary: With Preparation for Total Consecration (Illustrated)
The Secret of Mary
Love of Eternal Wisdom

John Paul II
On The Most Holy Rosary
Novo Millennio Ineunte
The Gospel of Life: Evangelium Vitae
Letter to Families from Pope John Paul II: 1994 Year of the Family

(All Church documents are available, free, at

Josef Pieper
The Four Cardinal Virtues

John Cassian
The Institutes
John Cassian: The Conferences (Ancient Christian Writers Series, No. 57)

Pope Francis
Any homily

Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
The Three Ages of the Interior Life (2 Volume Set)
The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life
The Mother of The Saviour

Charles De Koninck
Ego Sapientia…La Sagesse Qui est Marie
La Piete Du Fils: Etudes Sur l’Assomption
On the Primacy of the Common Good: Against the Personalists

Marie-Dominique Philippe, O.P.
The Mystery of Joseph
Wherever He Goes: A Retreat on the Gospel of John
Le Mystere Du Christ Crucifie Et Glorifie

St. Therese of Lisieux, O.C.D.
Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, Third Edition

Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, O.C.D.
Complete Works: Letters from Carmel (Vol. 2)

Thomas à Kempis
Imitation of Christ

Pierre-Thomas Dehau, O.P.
Fountains of Living Water

John of the Cross
Ascent of Mount Carmel
Dark Night of the Soul

Jean Leclercq, O.S.B.
The Love of Wisdom and the Desire for God
History of Medieval Spirituality

St. Josemaria Escriva
The Way: The Essential Classic of Opus Dei’s Founder

St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.
Summa theologiae, Secunda Secundae, questions on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, passim

St. Bonaventure
The Life of St. Francis (Harper Collins Spiritual Classics)

Malcolm Muggeridge
Something Beautiful for God

Also: the 1986 documentary on Mother Teresa

Flannery O’Connor
“Parker’s Back” (short story)
“Introduction to a Memoir of Maryann” (essay)
Both also available in this volume..

Benedict XVI
The Word of the Lord: Verbum Domini
The Spirit of the Liturgy

Romano Guardini
The Lord

Vatican II
Lumen Gentium
Gaudium et Spes
Dei Verbum
Sacrosanctum Concilium
Vatican Council II, Vol. 1: The Conciliar and Postconciliar Documents or free on the Vatican website.

Servais Pinckaers, O.P.
The Sources of Christian Ethics
Morality: The Catholic View

Dante Allighieri
Inferno (Modern Library Classics)

Guy Bedeouelle, O.P.
In the Image of Saint Dominic: Nine Portraits of Dominican Life

Sigrid Undset
Catherine of Siena

Henri Daniel-Rops
Heroes of God: Eleven Courageous Men and Women Who Risked Everything to Spread the Catholic Faith

Leonard Feeney
Mother Seton: Saint Elizabeth of New York (1774-1821)

Pope Pius XII
Mystici Corporis: Encyclical Letter Of Pope Pius XII On The Mystical Body Of Christ

Pope Pius XI
Quadragesimo Anno

Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent

St. Augustine
On the Trinity
City of God (Penguin Classics)

Sacramental Theology

Abbot Vonier
A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist

Colman O’Neill
Sacramental Realism: A General Theory of the Sacraments
Meeting Christ in the Sacraments

John Paul II
On The Eucharist in Its Relationship To The Church


  1. I love this kindly send me more post on a PDF format so that I can print and teach others.

    • I’m still working on ways to make stuff more available. PDF is a good idea. I hope this summer I’ll have some time to figure out ways to package things–and what to package.

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