Spiritual Reading

DISCERNMENT

Soldier of the Spirit: The life of Charles de Foucauld, Michel Carrouges
The Vicomte de Foucauld showed no signs of any religious vocation as he squandered the family fortune during his years as a military cadet and a young officer. In fact, it was largely to escape from his creditors that he first went to serve in North Africa. But once he began to understand the extraordinary problems of the Arab world, and saw for himself the hardships and dangers undergone by the tiny band of devoted men who sought to bring Christian faith and charity to the remote regions of the Sahara, the transformation of this modern St. Augustine occurred.

 

The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
During an anti-clerical purge in Mexico, a priest is hunted like a hare. Too human for heroism, too humble for martyrdom, the little worldly priest is nevertheless impelled towards his squalid Calvary as much by his own compassion for humanity as by the efforts of his pursuers.

 

To Save a Thousand Souls, Fr. Brett Brannen
In what  has been hailed as “a groundbreaking work” Fr. Brett Brannen   compiles  all the wisdom of a master Vocation Director into one volume.   Using  powerful and entertaining stories, the book explains in   down-to-earth language how to discern a vocation to diocesan  priesthood.  Send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. request to the office of vocations to obtain a copy.

 

Is Jesus Calling You to be a Catholic Priest?, Fr. Thomas Richter
A superb treatment of discernment is found in a 35 page booklet published by the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors. It was written by Fr. Thomas Richter, the vocation director of the Diocese of Bismark, ND. An overwhelming success, this booklet is in its second printing and is in production for a Spanish version. Send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. request to the office of vocations to obtain a copy.

 

Biographies and True Stories He Leadeth Me, Fr. Walter Ciszek

Fr. Ciszek, American Jesuit missionary, tells the story of how he was captured by the Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a "Vatican spy." He spent some 23 agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. Here he recalls how it was only through an utter reliance on God's will that he managed to endure. He Leadeth Me is the deeply moving personal story of one man's spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the horrendous ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse.

 

The Shadow of His Wings, Fr. Gereon Goldmann
Astonishing true story of the harrowing experiences of a young German seminarian drafted into Hitler's dreaded SS at the onset of World War II. Without betraying his Christian ideals, against all odds, and in the face of Evil, Gereon Goldmann was able to complete his priestly training, be ordained, and secretly minister to German Catholic soldiers and innocent civilian victims caught up in the horrors of war. What emerges is an extraordinary witness to the workings of Divine Providence and the undying power of love, prayer, faith, and sacrifice.

 

A Shepherd in Combat Boots: Chaplain Emil Kapaun of the 1st Cavalry Division, William L. Maher
Read the life of Father Emil Kapaun, born and raised in Pilsen, Kansas, and a priest for the Diocese of Wichita. Fr. Kapaun served as a Chaplain in the Army and was captured by the Communists in North Korea.
Father Kapaun provided a tremendous example of courage to the young soldiers in his care during the most frightening and difficult circumstances. This book tells the story of his life, including his heroic efforts in the prison camp where he would eventually die serving his fellow prisoners.

 

PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY

Praying the Bible: An Introduction to the Lectio Divina, Mariano Magrassi
Learn the time-tested techniques for praying with God’s Word which has nourished Christians for thousands of years. Archbishop Magrassi is a Benedictine who is well-versed in the practice of Lectio Divina.
The Second Vatican Council stated: "All . . . should immerse themselves in the Scriptures by constant spiritual reading and diligent study. . . ." In Praying the Bible Archbishop Mariano Magrassi reintroduces us to this practice of prayerful reading of the word of God which is our heritage.

 

In the School of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Jacques Philippe
How to prepare yourself to listen better to the Holy Spirit.
In the prayer lives of many Christians there is one person of the Trinity that often goes overlooked - The Holy Spirit. Jesus said about the Holy Spirit, "If I go, I will send you another Comforter." This book will lead you to be more attentive to the movements of the Holy Spirit in your life as you learn to value the third person of the Trinity as the Sanctifier of your soul. This is a valuable aid in your own spiritual journey.

 

The Soul of the Apostolate, Jean-Baptiste Chautard
Favorite book of Pope St. Pius X! We congratulate you sincerely upon having brought out so clearly the absolute necessity of the interior life for those engaged in good works, a life so necessary for the success of their ministry. - Pope Benedict XV to the author. In this age of relentless activity, it is easy for Christians, particularly those involved in good works, to fall into the pattern of the activist. But mere activity and material results are not sufficient for a successful apostolate.

 

Abandonment to Divine Providence, Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Father de Caussade was a Roman Catholic Priest who taught that God is truly sovereign, and therefore our whole lives can be lived in the knowledge that all things are working for our good. We may not understand why God does things the way he does, or how our suffering can ultimately be for our good, but we can trust our benevolent Lord, who has decreed all things, is good and just. Reading Abandonment to Divine Providence will help the reader surrender to God's will and provide spiritual peace in the arms of a loving God.

 

Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales
This classic of Christian Spirituality was written by St. Francis de Sales in the 16th Century and has been in print ever since. De Sales describes how to live a devout life even in the midst of the world, covering topics such as beginning devotion, prayer and the sacraments, temptations and virtues, and maintaining devotion.
First published in the early 17th century, it has proven its value as a daily spiritual guide and helpful reference for living an authentic Christian life.

 

Theology of the Priesthood, Jean Galot
This theological treatise shows great insight into the nature and origins of the ministerial priesthood. Taking into account the theological focuses of Vatican II, it covers topics such as the Jewish priesthood, the priesthood of Christ, the similarities and differences between the priesthood of all the faithful and the ministerial priesthood, and more.