Thursday, February 17, 2011

List of 40 Books for Lent

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The following are books that I think will make good reading for Lent. They include not only books on the Passion and Death of Our Lord but stories of conversion, biographies of holy men and women, spiritual direction, and the Holy Eucharist. I have tried to find the book online for your reading convenience. They are in no particular order.

1. The Crown of Sorrow by Most Rev. Alban Goodier, S.J.

2. Holy Hour by The Rev. Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC.

3.The Stairway of Perfection by Walter Hilton

4. Caryll Houselander - Essential Writings by Wendy M. Wright

5. Why We Need Confession by Russell Shaw

6. How to Make a Good Confession by John A. Kane

7. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

8. My Meditation on the Gospel by Rev. James E. Sullivan

9. In Silence With God by Benedict Baur, O.S.B.

10. Spiritual Doctrine of St. Augustine by Ignatius M. Barrachina, O.C.D.

11. The Cloud of Unknowing

12. The Blessed Eucharist Our Greatest Treasure by Fr. Michael Muller, C.S.S.R.

13. They Bore the Wounds of Christ: The Mystery of the Sacred Stigmata by Michael Freze, S.F.O.

14. Fire of Love: Understanding Purgatory by Saint Catherine of Genoa, Sophia Press

15. The Eucharist by Lawrence G. Lovasik, Sophia Press

16. The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life by Father Charles Arminjon, Sophia Press

17. The Treatise on Purgatory and the Dialogue by Saint Catherine of Genoa

18. Read Me or Rue it...How to Avoid Purgatory... by Father Paul O'Sullivan, O.P.

19. God is Near Us: The Eucharist, The Heart of Life by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

20. The Blessed Sacrament and the Mass by Saint Thomas Aquinas

21. The Life of Christ by Isidore O'Brien, O.F.M.

22. The Road to Damascus edited by John A. O'Brien (Stories of conversions by well-known Catholics)

23. In the Presence of Our Lord by Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. and James Monti

24. The Life of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen

25. The Holy Souls "Viva Padre Pio" by Fr. Alessio Parente, O.F.M.Cap.

26. Pray Always by Very Rev. James Alberione, S.S.P., S.T.D.

27. Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val by Marie C. Buehrle

28. Padre Pio: The True Story by C. Bernard Ruffin

29. Complete Spiritual Doctrine of St. Therese of Lisieux by Rev. Francois Jamart, O.C.D. (St. Therese's Little Way)

30. Confession by Adrienne von Speyr

31. Jesus: The Heart of His Message: Unity and Jesus Forsaken by Chiara Lubich

32. The Cry of Jesus Crucified and Forsaken by Chiara Lubich

33. Saints for Now edited by Clare Boothe Luce

34. Witness of the Light: The Life of Pop[e Pius XII by Katherine Burton

35. Victories of the Martyrs by St. Alphonsus di Liguori

36. The Prayers and Personal Devotions of Mother Angelica edited by Raymond Arroyo

37. He Leadeth Me by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J. with Daniel Flaherty, S.J.

38. A Song for Nagasaki by Paul Glynn

39. The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan by Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

40. The Holy Bible, Catholic Edition


Jean M. Heimann said...

Great list, Esther! :)

Esther G. said...

Thanks Jean!

Barb, sfo said...

It's always great to have reading recommendations. I'll look for some of these, and not just for Lent :) Thanks!

Esther G. said...

You're welcome Barb!