What I’m Reading

Here is a list of books to help you in your theological and philosophical studies. I am sure many of these will look familiar. I will add to this list as I study more in the future.

Scripture (I predominately use RSV)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Documents of Vatican II (and any ecumenical council)
Church Documents of recent memory worth serious study:
   Fides et Ratio
     Redemptoris Hominis
     Veritatis Splendor
     Lumen Fidei
     Deus Caritas Est
     Mater et Magistra
     Rerum Novarum
     Gaudium et Spes
     Lumen Gentium
     Dei Verbum
     Providentissimus Deus
     Quadragesimo Anno
     Humani Generis
     Spe Salvi
     Caritas in Veritate
    Ecclesia de Eucharistia
    Evangelium Vitae
     Redemptoris Mater
    Laborem Exercens
    Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching
    Catechism of the Catholic Church
Fides et Ratio is my favorite encyclical of recent memory.
Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton
Summa Contra Gentiles by St. Thomas Aquinas
Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
If you are going to wade into Aquinas, study of Aristotle and Plato is needed
Aristotle’s Modern Basic Works
Aristotle for Everyone by Mortimer Adler
Confessions by St. Augustine
The work of St. John Damascene
The work of St. Athanasius
The Church Fathers
St. Justin Martyr in response to Platonism, First Apology, Second Apology
Meeting Christ in the Sacraments by Colman O’Neill, OP
The Spirit of Early Christian Thought by Robert Wilken
Anything by St. John Paul II (Fides et Ratio is a personal favorite)
Anything by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Jesus of Nazareth is a personal favorite)
Anything by Dr. Peter Kreeft (Summa of the Summa)
Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen
Philosophy of the Human Person by Fr. James Reichmann, SJ
Right and Reason by Fr. Austin Fagothey, SJ
The Catechetical Lectures of St. Cyril
The Shape of Catholic Theology by Aidan Nichols, OP
Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
Learning the Virtues that Lead You to God by Romano Guardini
The Chronicles of Narnia (Yes they are full of theology!!!)
The Divine Comedy by Dante
Anything and everything by G.K. Chesterton
The Size of Chesterton’s Catholicism by David Fagerberg
The Splendor of the Church by Henri De Lubac
Mystery of the Kingdom by Edward Sri (book focuses on the Gospel of Matthew)
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass by Edward Sri
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Brant Pitre
Jesus Christ: Fundamentals of Christology by Roch A. Kereszty
On Human Nature by St. Thomas Aquinas
Person and Being by Fr. W. Norris Clarke, S.J.
Aquinas by Edward Feser
Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction by Edward Feser
Meditations for Lent by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet
The Sources of Christian Ethics by Servais Pinckaers, O.P.
The Pursuit of Happiness God’s Way: Living the Beatitudes by Servais Pinckaers, O.P.
Discovering Aquinas: An Introduction to His Life, Work, and Influence by Aidan Nichols, O.P.
33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
The Four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance by Joseph Pieper
Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux
The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself
Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila
33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
The work of Flannery O’Connor
The works of Friedrich Nietzsche in order to understand our culture today
The Strangest Way by Bishop Robert Barron
Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative Evangelical Catholic by Bishop Robert Barron
Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals by Bishop Robert Barron
Love and Responsibility by Saint John Paul II
Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching by Anthony Esolen
Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism by Bishop Robert Barron
Making Sense Out of Suffering by Peter Kreeft
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton (I read this for the first time while I was a 9/11 relief worker. I carried it with me during that time and I reread it every few years.)

The more I study the bigger this list will get, so be sure to check back for more suggestions.  God bless!

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