Spiritual Reading

Our founder, Fr. Carlos Miguel Buela, has compiled a list of recommended books to serve as a guide for reading. The list is foundational though not exhaustive, and as much for use during Spiritual Exercises as for the personal formation of Christians. Books in print which are available in English are listed together with their publishing information.

HOLY MASS

  • A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist, Abbot Vonier, Zaccheus Press (1946, re-print 2003)
  • Works of Saint Peter Julian Eymard
  • Nuestra Misa, Fr. Carlos Buela, VE, Ed. Del Verbo Encarnado, San Rafael 2002—Spanish only
  • Pan de vida eterna y cáliz de eterna salvación, Fr. Carlos Buela, VE, Edivi, Roma 2006—Spanish/Italian only

ADORATION AND MEDITATION

  • The Bible
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Catena Aurea: Commentaries on the Four Gospels, St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Tractates on the Gospel of John, Saint Augustine, CUA Press, Washington, DC.
  • Homilies on the Gospel of St. John, Saint John Chrysostom, CUA Press, Washington, DC.
  • Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew, Saint John Chrysostom, CUA Press, Washington, DC.
  • Life of Christ, Fulton Sheen
  • Life of Jesus Christ, Abbot Riccioti, Roman Catholic Books (RCB), Collins, Colorado
  • Our Savior, Fr. R. Garrigou-Lagrange, TAN Books, Rockford, Illinois
  • Calvary and the Mass, Fulton Sheen, IVE Press, New York
  • The Sacred Passion, Fr. Luis de La Palma, S.J., Scepter Publishers
  • INRI¸ Fr. Miguel Fuentes, VE., IVE Press, New York—Spanish only
  • Note: Also recommended are complete works of the Church Fathers

HOLY ROSARY

  • The Secret of the Rosary, Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, TAN Books, Rockford, Illinois

LITURGY OF THE HOURS

  • General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours

VARIOUS TOPICS

Spirituality

  • Complete Works of St. John of the Cross, ICS, Washington, DC
  • Complete Works of St. Teresa of Avila, 3 Volumes, ICS, Washington, DC
  • Works of St. Francis de Sales, e.g. Introduction to the Devout Life,  TAN Books, Rockford, Illinois
  • The Dialogues, Saint Catharine of Siena, Christian Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis, many publishers, small edition: Precious Blood Confraternity, Brooklyn, NY

Charity

  • Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ, St. Alfonsus Maria Liguori, TAN Books
  • Practice of the Love for God, St. Francis de Sales, Liguori Press

Confidence in Divine Providence

  • Abandonment to Divine Providence, Fr. J. P. de Caussade, S.J., Image Books
  • Providence and Confidence in God, Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., TAN Books, Rockford, Illinois
  • The virtue of Trust: Meditations, by Paul de Jaegher, SJ (1932). (Audio edition: http://www.jmjsite.com/a/31/31wpo.pdf.) In Spanish: Confianza: Meditaciones, de Paul de Jaegher, SJ. Traducido de la tercera edición francesa por Ignacio Sicard, SJ. Quinta edición española. Editorial El Mensajero del Corazón de Jesús, Bilbao: 1960.

Interior Life

  • The Soul of the Apostolate, Dom J. B. Chautard

Prayer

  • Difficulties in Mental Prayer, Fr. Eugene Boylan, Roman Catholic Books (RCB), Fort Collins, Colorado

Devotion to the Virgin Mary

  • True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, TAN Books, Rockford, Illinois
  • The Secret of Mary, Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort
  • Mother of the Savior, Fr. R. Garrigou Lagrange, TAN Books, Rockford, Illinois

Marriage and Family Life

LIVES OF THE SAINTS

  • The Family that Overtook Christ (Biographical novel of the life of St. Bernard of Clairvaux and his family), M. Raymond, IVE Press, New York.
  • Three Religious Rebels (prequel to The Family that Overtook Christ), M. Raymond, IVE Press, New York.
  • The Little Flowers of Saint Francis (“Fioretti”)
  • Lives of Early Christians, Penguin Classics
  • Saint Francis, G.K. Chesterton, Ignatius Press, San Francisco
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas: the Dumb Ox, G.K. Chesterton, Ignatius Press, San Francisco
  • Various biographies of saints by Louis de Wohl
  • The Curé d’Ars: St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney, AbbéFrançois Trochou, TAN Books (1927, re-print 1970)
  • Autobiography of Saint Anthony María Claret, SaintAnthony María Claret, TAN Books
  • Writings of Saint Anthony María Claret, SaintAnthony María Claret, TAN Books
  • Story of A Soul, The Autobiography of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, ICS, Washington, DC
  • The Intimate Life of Padre Pro, Fr. Antonio Dragón, S.I.
  • Forget not Love: The Passion of Maximilian Kolbe, André Frossard (1987), Ignatius Press, San Francisco

SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY

  • Theology of Christian Perfection, Fr. Antonio Royo Marín, O.P., Prior Press, Iowa (currently out of print)
  • Three Ages of the Interior Life, Two Volumes, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., TAN Books
  • I Want to See God: Synthesis of Carmelite Spritiuality, Vol. I, Fr. Eugene-Marie of the Child Jesus, OCD, Christian Classics
  • I Am a Daughter of the Church: Synthesis of Carmelite Spritiuality, Vol. II, Fr. Eugene-Marie of the Child Jesus, OCD, Christian Classics
  • La ciencia de Dios. Manual de dirección espiritual, del. P. Miguel A. Fuentes, Ediciones del Verbo Encarnado, San Rafael 2001. —Spanish only