Catholic Classics

Books

  • St. Alphonsus Liguori

    One of the best books on the Blessed Virgin ever written, full of inspiring stories, encouraging thoughts, devout prayers, and deep explanations of why devotion to Our Blessed Lady is so valuable for our salvation.

  • Dom Lorenzo Scupoli

    Highly recommended by St. Francis de Sales who read bits of it every day for almost 20 years, this book uncovers many finer points and subtle dangers of the spiritual life. With a specialty on conquering your vices, it gives five distinct methods. Quite structured.

  • St. Thomas Aquinas and the Fathers of the Church

    Latin for “golden chain”, the Catena Aurea is St. Thomas Aquinas’s masterful weaving together of the commentary of the Fathers of the Church on all four Gospels. This edition was translated by St. John Henry Newman into English.

  • St. Ignatius of Loyola
  • Blessed Raymond of Capua
  • St. Alphonsus de Liguori
  • St. Alphonsus de Liguori

    Bring this with as Devotional Reading on your visits to the Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

  • St. Francis de Sales

    Thorough instructions on living a holy and sinless life in practically every state of life. Often used for spiritual direction by those who have no spiritual directors.

  • St. Louis de Montfort

    One of the best books on Marian Devotion. This book gives a type of Devotion to Mary. Marian devotion is very beneficial to salvation, and a Pope declared that this devotion is the best and most perfect form of devotion to Mary (not to mention the approval and encouragement of many Popes after him).

  • St. Catherine of Siena

    This book, also known as “The Book of Divine Doctrine”, was literally told by God to the Saint while in ecstasy, who then dictated it. It consists of four treatises, on Providence, Discretion, Prayer, & Obedience. God also explains the religious orders.

  • St. Louis de Montfort
  • Thomas a Kempis

    The world-renowned and universally recommended devotional / prayer book. Read often by St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Thomas More, St. Ignatius of Loyola.

  • Venerable Louis of Granada

    A masterpiece of spiritual writing. Highly recommended by St. Francis de Sales. According to St. Teresa of Avila, it converted over a million souls.

  • St. Teresa of Avila

    A very theological course in devotion as ‘mansions’. It gives instruction on many topics all around spiritual converse with God, with instruction on discernment of inspirations/revelations. Very good for nuns, fairly good for contemplative religious, and also good for lay people.

  • St. John of the Cross
  • St. Francis de Sales

    This saint’s theological and devotional masterpiece. Very heavy on theological and philosophical terms, which can be difficult for some. (e.g. goes into the subject of the Trinity)

  • St. Teresa of Avila
  • St. Gregory the Great
  • St. Teresa of Avila
  • St. John of the Cross
  • Rev. J. P. de Caussade, S.J.