New book descriptions have been added
July 6, 2020
The Interior Castle, by 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.
Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament, by St. Alphonsus de Liguori:
Bring this with as Devotional Reading on your visits to the Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, by 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).
The Spiritual Combat, by 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.
The Dialogue of the Seraphic Virgin Catherine of Siena, by 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.
The Four Last Things, by Fr. Martin Von Cochem, O.S.F.C.:
Excellent treatise on human destinies that doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable and sometimes horrifying. Inspires a lively fear of eternity, and can be effective at making the reader change their life.
Treatise on the Love of God, by 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)
Young Man’s Guide, by Fr. Lasance:
A friendly discourse on life, and how to keep virtues in the midst of a corrupted world. Very great for youth, and explains everything from belief in God and self-control to vocation discernment.
Mystical Explanation of the Canticle of Canticles, by St. Francis de Sales:
An explanation of the Song of Songs by a saint, the bride being the Church Militant (or the soul). From this version “This book treats of the way to arrive at a perfect form of mental prayer”.
Mystical City of God, by Venerable Mary of Agreda:
Private revelation given around the 16th century, containing many hidden details of the lives of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Highly recommended by various Popes, and approved by the Spanish Inquisition. This life of Mary is extremely great for insight into the lives of Mary and Jesus. Starting at the beginning of time, it includes the events of the angels and the demons, tells how to attain sanctity, and gives mystical explanations of the Book of Revelations. Entirely told by Mary to a humble nun.
The Life of St. Francis of Assisi, by St. Bonaventure:
The biography of St. Francis by his counterpart, St. Bonaventura.
Bible History, by Right Rev. Richard Gilmour, D.D.:
Great for Catholic Schools. Starts at creation, and gives a history of the world, specializing on the era B.C.
Treatise On Purgatory, by St. Catherine of Genoa:
St. Catherine of Genoa is often known mostly for this book.