Reading List

Reading List

St Teresa of Avila

St Teresa of Jesus, pray for us!!!

   I have to be honest, I am not sure exactly how to organize this section of the site. So, after discussing this section of the site tonight with a friend, I figured I would just start. Well, here goes! To begin, I will just share what is on my nightstand. These are the books that are must haves for this Marian Catechist and lover of the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church and all She has to offer! Now, I have to warn you, I actually have a relatively small nightstand, but I have acquired quite a few ” must have within hand reach” books. Sometimes I think my wife thinks I’m nuts! I always tell her that their are much worse things I could be doing, and she shakes her head and tends to agree. I will link to these books to online Catholic Bookstores that I am familiar with mostly. However please also shop at your local Catholic Bookstores. We have an excellent one here in Niagara Region in Ontario Canada called Branches Catholic Bookstore and we are now also in relationship with Catholic Chapter House. These are two excellent resources, with a store front and online store!

my desk2        my table

I guess you could say I have a wide variety of topics to choose from looking at my side table. And Yes, that is a kindle on top of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which has a tremendous library with all of St Augustines works and all of St John Chrystosoms works also! Those two awesome Saints and Doctors of the Church alone could fill an entire wall with their masterpieces! No, I have not read all their work, it would take a few lifetimes probably.

  So to start with on my table I have Three Ages of the Interior Life Volume 1, by Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., was born in 1877 and is held as one of the greatest Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. He focused his writings against the error of Modernism, which denied the objective truth of Divine revelation, as well as on apologetics, including philosophy. In total, he authored over five hundred books and articles, and wrote as a thorough Thomist. Among Father Garrigou-Lagrange’s numerous works are The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Christian Perfection and Contemplation, Christ the Savior, and God, His Existence and Nature. He died in 1964.  This author I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. This particular book is a masterpiece in displaying how Catholic doctrine and spirituality are perfectly complimentary to one another, and have no need to be separated one from the other!

  I also have a Douay Rheims translation of Holy Scripture. This is my favourite English translation, because it is true to the Latin Vulgate and not so corrupted like other Catholic translations. Just because a Bible has the name Catholic on it, does not mean it is a good , faithful translation. The best test I have found is to go to Luke , Chapter 1 verse 28, it should read “[28] And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women”  If the ” Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” is not in your Bible you are best to get rid of that translation asap! Those exact words need to be in your translation of the Bible, if they aren’t, please get a new Bible and don’t give that one away either. We don’t need to be spreading error. You can burn it if you like, bury it or hide it real good!

   Right now, Sept 19/14 I am in the middle of reading two books. To be honest, I am always reading and re-reading Catechetical and Doctrinal material, but I wanted to read something a little lighter and spiritual. So, I am reading The Fire Within, by Thomas Dubay  .This book is the fruit of Fr. Dubay’s many years of study and experience in spiritual direction and in it he synthesizes the teachings on prayer of the two great doctors of the Church on prayer–St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila–and the teaching of Sacred Scripture.

But the teaching that Fr. Dubay synthesized is not collected from Teresa and John for contemplatives alone. It is meant for every Christian and is based on the Gospel imperative of personal prayer and the call to holiness. All the major elements of these great teachers are ordered, commented on and put in the context of their scriptural foundations. Here is an outstanding book on prayer and the spiritual life written by one of the best spiritual directors and retreat masters of our time, and based on the writings of the Church’s two greatest mystical doctors.

The second book is by a great Saint that I have an interest in. He is especially relevant in our time because of the huge disconnect between Church and state in the western world as of late. The book is written by St Thomas More and is called  A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation . Here in modern English is More’s examination of the comfort of God in times of difficulty. Written in the Tower of London while More was awaiting execution for refusing to betray his faith, this book is a fictional dialogue between a young man, Vincent, and his mortally ill uncle. Vincent is afraid that an impending Muslim invasion will force him to betray his faith or die a martyr. More shows how all suffering can be beneficial if you respond to it properly.

On the philosophical side, I have History of Philosophy Volume II  Augustine to Scotus by Frederick Copleston S.J  Surveys schools of Western thought from the Patristic period and St. Augustine through the Carolingian renaissance, St. Bonaventure and St. Thomas Aquinas to Duns Scotus. I have also read and studied History of Philosophy Volume I Greece and Rome . Progress of philosophical thinking among the Greeks, leading to a dual climax in the work of Plato and Aristotle, demanding a synthesis by the Neo-Platonists. Both of these books I highly recommend to those who are interested in Philosophy. Especially those who are interested in St Thomas and his writings. These were an excellent primer to a better understanding of St Thomas, his theology and his writings on all matters. I am just a beginner, but  I have to say, I learned a lot from these two volumes on the study of wisdom and the history of philosophy and the development of it. I wasn’t familiar with some of the words and phrases of the philosophical language. So, I just looked them up on wiki or google and would write out short definitions in these two volumes and refer back to them. Before I knew it these words were second nature and part of my vocabulary! Words like dialectic, epistemology, rhetoric, exemplarism, aliquid… look them up 🙂  one is in latin!  See you soon

May Almighty God Bless us and keep us safe from the World, the devil and ourselves

In   JM+JT,

Lee

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