February 21, 2012
Colleen at Thoughts on Grace tagged me for this meme last week. Participants are to list their three favorite religious books and then tag three others to carry this meme on. The challenge is to stick to only three books! Before starting, however, I must say that I pray from the Bible every day because of the sacred liturgy. The three books listed below are in addition to the Bible.
One other comment: religious books don’t have to be on spirituality. They can be about any aspect of religion. Mine just happen to be about spirituality.
1. Divine Intimacy by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. has become a daily companion for meditation. It follows the 1962 liturgical calendar but could be used by any Latin rite Catholic. I like it because the daily meditations are built on the Carmelite model of mental prayer and help build a stronger relationship with God. This book satisfies me also because of the daily connection to the sacred liturgy – a wonderful combination of both Carmelite and Benedictine spirituality.
2. The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila is a book everyone who wants to advance in the spiritual life should have. St. Teresa is not only a Doctor of the Church, she is one of the greatest spiritual directors of all time. Among her advice on prayer, mortification, and how to advance in the spiritual life you will find her famous meditations on the Our Father which alone is worth revisiting time and again. This may very well be the first “How to” book on prayer, complete with advice on avoiding pitfalls common to many.
3. Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul by St. Faustina Kowalska was one of the first books I read upon my reversion to the Faith. St. Faustina was, like St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux and so many others, a weak vessel in whom the strength of God was made manifest (2 Cor. 12:10). In reading it I could see how devotion to the Sacred Heart had flowered into a spiritual practice most needed in our age.
1. Anthony at The Impractical Catholic
2. Cinhosa at cinhosa
3. Ebeth at A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars
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