Quarantine Reading List

Don’t neglect your spiritual reading. — Reading has made many saints.
SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA

I was doing some decluttering and collected some books from my library that I knew I would never read because they are garbage. I was going to donate them until I realized that my toilet paper supply might run out before common sense returns to the world. So, I will hang on to them and put the pages to good use if it comes to that.

I am also putting my time to good use with spiritual reading. Here are things I recommend to those trapped in social isolation.

THE HOLY BIBLE
This is a no-brainer. I recommend the Douay-Rheims translation. Begin in Genesis 1 and read it straight through. When you get to the end, start over at the beginning. You can never read that book too many times.

THE IMITATION OF CHRIST BY THOMAS A KEMPIS
This book is the second most read after the Bible. I read it as a Protestant, and I am reading it again as a Catholic. This book is AWESOME.

THE WAY/FURROW/THE FORGE BY SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA
These are three books published in a single volume. People who know me learn that I am heavily influenced by the writings of Saint Josemaria and the spirituality of Opus Dei. My affinity for Escriva’s writings comes from my state in life as a layperson.

INTRODUCTION TO THE DEVOUT LIFE BY SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES
This is another great book for laypeople.

ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE BY JEAN-PIERRE DE CAUSSADE
This is the book you want to read as you go through trials and tribulations in life. It will help you learn to accept the hard times with holy indifference.

I can go on and on with my list, but these are the five books I would grab off my shelf and toss in my backpack in an emergency. I also know that you can find them online in their entirety. You, Gentle Reader, may have suggestions of your own. Please feel free to share them in the comments section.

5 thoughts on “Quarantine Reading List

  1. Good one’s Charilie: but as you say there are too many to pick from.

    Ascent of Mt. Carmel/Dark Night of the Soul __ St. John of the Cross
    Divine Intimacy: Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year __ Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen
    Spiritual Exercises __ St. Ignatius of Loyola
    Confessions __ St. Thomas Aquinas
    Any of the books written by Thomas DuBay, Benedict Groeschel, Scott Hahn (for more recent choices).
    Many, many books of or by countless saints are worth reading. Bibliographies of people like St. Francis of Assisi, St. Benedict, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese Liseaux are definitely worth the time. Many essays and books by Fulton Sheen are good companions.

    Etc. etc. etc.

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