Not all Catholic books have passed the test of time. The books on this page are those which are perennially recommended by the Catholic Church to the faithful for our edification and devotion.
The world-renowned and universally recommended devotional / prayer book. Read often by St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Thomas More, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
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.
This book, also known as “The Book of Divine Doctrine”, was dictated by God to the Saint while in an ecstasy. It consists of four treatises, on Providence, Discretion, Prayer, & Obedience.
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.
A masterpiece of spiritual writing. Highly recommended by St. Francis de Sales. According to St. Teresa of Avila, it converted over a million souls.
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.
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)
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).
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.
Bring this with as Devotional Reading on your visits to the Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
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.