by: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

This annotated bibliography was offered to Masters level students in a spiritual theology course taught in the University of Dallas’s Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies from 1994-2001. It is offered as a list of resources that may be of interest and assistance. The inclusion of a book on this list does not necessarily imply that I know it or endorse it. Call numbers listed are those of the University of Dallas Library while the abbreviation IRPSL means that you can borrow the book from IRPS office library as it existed in 2001. If your library does not have a book you are interested in, try to obtain it through inter-library loan. For out-of-print titles (abbreviated opt), try Loom’s Theological Booksellers (612-430-1092) or Preserving Christian Publications (315-942-6338). Many of the patristic writings, Church documents, and spiritual classics can be viewed or downloaded free from a variety of world-wide-web sites.


Aumann, Jordan, OP. Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1986. A survey of the history of spirituality. Intended as a companion to Spiritual Theology. BQT 2188, A 96.

Aumann, Jordan, OP. Spiritual Theology. Allen, TX: Christian Classics [Thomas More], 1980. Systematic ex¬po¬sition of spiritual theology according to Aquinas & the Carmelites John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila.

Aumann, Jordan et al. Christian Spirituality East & West. Chicago: Priory Press, 1968. Sections on Western Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant Spirituality. BQT 2188 J67

Bouyer, Louis. Introduction to Spirituality. Trans. Mary Ryan. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1961. I strongly recommend this opt book. BQT 2188.B6.

Bouyer, Louis. The Christian Mystery: From Pagan Myth to Mysticism. Petersham, MA: St. Bede=s.

Bowman, Mary Ann. Western Mysticism: A Guide to the Basic Works. Chicago: American Library Association, 1978. Bibliography of Christian & non-Christian works on mysticism. Blakley Ref. Z7819 .B68 & IRPS library.

Cox, Michael, Handbook of Christian Spirituality. 2nd ed. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1985. A history of spirituality in 288pp. BQT2449 C676.

Cross, F. J. and E. A. Livingstone, eds. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 2d ed. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1974. I would highly recommend that you add this to your personal library. Done under Anglican auspices, it is nonetheless useful for Catholics and is particularly good on historical matters. BR95.08 1983 and BQT7.09 (1974).

De Cea, Emeterio, OP, ed. Compendium of Spirituality. 2 vols. Trans. J. Aumann. NY: Alba House, 1995. Essays on history of particular Catholic spiritualities such as Carmelite, Franciscan, etc. BX2350.65 .C6613 1995

De Fiores, Stefano and Tullo Goffi, eds. Dictionnaire de la Vie Spirituelle. Paris: Cerf, 1987. 1246 pp. Substantial articles, 5-15pp in length. Blakley Ref. BQT 2188.2 D52D4.
Downey, Michael, ed. The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993. 1083pp. Blakley Ref. BX 2350.65 N49 1993.

Egan, Harvey D. An Anthology of Christian Mysticism. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1991. 680 pp. BQT 2449 .A55 1991.

Graef, Hilda C. The Light and the Rainbow. Westminster, MD: Newman, 1959. 414pp. Detailed history of Christian spirituality from OT times to 1950. BQT 2139. G8.

Jaegher, Paul de. An Anthology of Christian Mysticism. Templegate, 1977. 185 pp. Writings from 17 mystics including John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, & Catherine of Siena. 0-87243-073-1. Only $13.

Jones, Cheslyn, et al., eds. The Study of Spirituality. NY: Oxford Univ. Press, 1986. Articles by variety of authors on spiritual theology, history of spirituality, pastoral applications of spirituality. BQT 2188 J65 1986.

Jungmann, Joseph A. Christian Prayer Through the Centuries. NY: Paulist, 1978. BQT 2241 J8. 169pp.

Handbook of Indulgences: Norms and Grants. NY: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1991. Pope Paul VI & the curia here explain what indulgences are and how to gain them. Indicates the devotions and pious works the Church believes to be most spiritually fruitful.

Knowles, David. The Nature of Mysticism. Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism, v. 38. NY: Hawthorn, 1966. Examines the nature of mystical experience by relating it to the theology of grace. BV 5082.2 K6.

Kreeft, Peter. Prayer: The Great Conversation. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1991. BV 215 .K72 1991.

McGinn, Bernard and John Meyendorff, eds. Christian Spirituality: Origins to the Twelfth Century. Vol. 16 of World Spirituality series. NY: Crossroad, 1985. Articles by a great variety of authors on persons, periods, special themes. Very useful. BQT 2188 C464 v. 2.

* New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967. Best starting point on everything eccle¬si¬astical. Found in many public libraries and state college libraries as well as Catholic ones. Ref. BQT 6 .C385

Newland, Mary Reed. The Year and Our Children: Planning the Family Activities for Christian Feasts & Seasons. San Diego, CA: The Firefly Press, 1956. Not entirely current, but practically useful nonetheless. GT4900.N3.

Raitt, Jill, ed. Christian Spirituality: High Middle Ages and Reformation. Vol. 17 of World Spir¬i¬tuality series. NY: Crossroad, 1987. Articles by a great variety of authors on persons, periods, special themes. Excellent resource. BQT 2188 C464 v. 2.

Thurston, Herbert J. and Donald Attwater, eds. Butler=s Lives of the Saints. Complete revised edition. Westminster, MD: Christian Classics, 1956. Lives of the Saints of the Latin Church arranged according to the liturgical year (prior to post Vat II reform). Includes prominent and obscure saints. Very worthwhile. New edition in progress. Braniff Ref. BQX 8215.B98 1956b.

Underhill, Evelyn. Mystics of the Church. NY: Schocken, 1964. 259 p., lives & theologies of important Christian mystics from Bible to end of 17th cent. BQT 2464 .U74.

Wakefield, Gordon S. Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Philadelphia:West¬minster, 1983. Ecumenical & interfaith with articles on non-Christian spirituality (e.g. Zen, Islamic Sufiism, etc). Generally short articles by mostly British authors. 400pp. Blakley Ref. BQT 2188.3 W47.

Woods, Richard. Christian Spirituality: God=s Presence Through the Ages. Chicago: Thomas More, 1989. 348 pp., a history of spirituality.

Woodward, Kenneth L. Making Saints: How the Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes a Saint. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1996. 464 pp. 0-686-81530-3.

Viller, M. et al., eds. Dictionnaire de Spiritualité: Ascétique et mystique, doctrine et histoire. 17 vols. Paris: Beauchesne, Blakley Ref. BQT 2131 V74. If you read French, this is highly recommended. Lengthy and very substantial articles by renowned authors.

Vogue, Adalbert de, OSB. To Love Fasting: The Monastic Experience. Petersham,MA: St. Bede=s. Examines why fasting has disappeared from Catholic life and shows how integral and beneficial it is to true Christian spirituality.


Athanasius, St. The Life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus. Classics of Western Spirituality Series. Mahwah, NY: Paulist.

Augustine of Hippo. Confessions. Recent trans. by Henry Chadwick is good (Oxford Univ. Press World Classics paperback, 1992) but innumerable editions & translations are available. Tells of one of the most famous and influential conversion stories of all time. PA6169 .A8 and BQ5751 .P98, etc.

Bouyer, Louis. The Spirituality of the New Testament and the Fathers. Trans. Mary P. Ryan. History of Christian Spirituality, vol. 1. NY: Desclée, 1963. This is the survey of this period which I rely on most heavily. IRPSL.

Brock, Sebastian, ed. The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life. Kalamazoo,MI: Cistercian Publications, 1987. Philoxenus of Mabbug, Evagrius, Ephrem, and others with general intro. BQT 2243 S97B76 1987.

Burton-Christie, Douglas. The Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism. NY: Oxford, 1993. BX 2465 .B87 1993. Study of the Desert Fathers.

Daniélou, Jean. Advent. Trans. Rosemary Sheed. NY: Sheed and Ward, 1951. Synthesis of patristic ideas about the coming of the Lord and the figures the Church meditates on during Advent and Christmas: John the Baptist, the Angels, BV Mary. The best spiritual reading for Advent I know.

De Vogue, Adalbert. Trans. John B. Hasbrouck from French. Rule of St. Benedict: A Doctrinal & Spiritual Commentary. Cistercian Publications, 1983.

Ephrem the Syrian, St. Hymns. Classics of Western Spirituality, no. 66. Mahwah,NJ: Paulist, 1989. Nicknamed “the Harp of the Holy Spirit,” Ephrem is the most poetic of the Fathers. BQ 3960 H8M38 1989.

Ephrem the Syrian, St. Hymns on Paradise. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir=s Seminary, 1990. IRPSL. A truly biblical and Catholic Creation Spirituality. These 15 hymns, focusing on Gen 2 & 3, extol the potential of everything in the created world to act as a pointer to the creator. Also contains an intro to St. Ephrem.

Evagrius Ponticus. The Praktikos and Chapters on Prayer. Cistercian Studies No. 4. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1981. An enormously important figure in the history of Christian Spirituality in both East and West. These writings contain, among other things, the first enumeration of and commentary on the 7 deadly sins. BQ1372 .E97 #4.

Fry, Timothy & Imogene Baker, eds. Rule of St. Benedict in English. 96p. Liturgical Press, 1982. BQX 7044 F7.
Green, Arthur, ed. Jewish Spirituality. Vol. 1: >From the Bible Through the Middle Ages. NY: Crossroads, 1987. BM 723 .J487 1986.

Gregory of Nyssa. The Life of Moses. Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah,NY: Paulist, 1978. BS 580 .M6 G7.

John Cassian. Conferences. Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NY: Paulist. BQ 5880 .C5

Leinenweber, John, ed. Love One Another, My Friends: St. Augustine’s Homilies on the First Letter of John. Abridged Eng. version. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989. BS2805 .A8313 1989.

Richardson, Cyril, ed. Early Christian Fathers. NY: Macmillan, 1970. Ignatius’ letters, espec. to the Romans, and the Martyrdom of Polycarp reveal the early Christian spirituality of the imitation of Christ through sharing in his sufferings. In a different way, the Epistle to Diognetus also reflects this. BR60 .R5 v.1 (3 copies).

Origen. Selected Writings. Trans Rowan A. Greer. Classics of Western Spirituality. NY: Paulist, 1979. Contains some of Origen’s greatest spiritual works: An Exhortation to Martyrdom, On Prayer, and Prologue to the Commentary on the Song of Songs. BQ1676 .G7.

Waddell, Helen, ed. The Desert Fathers. Ann Arbor, MI: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1957. Selections from the writings of the early desert fathers.

Wimmer, Joseph F. Fasting in the New Testament. Theological Inquiries Series. NY: Paulist, 1982.


Anonymous. The Cloud of Unknowing. Classics of Western Spirituality. NY: Paulist.BQ6510 .W6.

Aquinas, Thomas. Devoutly I Adore Thee: The Prayers and Hymns of Thomas Aquinas. Man¬ches¬ter, NH: Sophia Press. BX 890.T62 E6 1993.

Barron, Robert. Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master. Crossroad Spiritual Legacy Series. NY: Crossroad, 1996. 180pp. Selections from Thomas= prayers, hymns, and spiritual writings. Nourishing spiritual reading.

Bernard of Clairvaux. Selected Works. Classics of Western Spirituality. NY: Paulist. BQX8305 .E6439.

Bernard of Clairvaux. Sermons On the Song of Songs. 4 vols. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications. Beautiful, inspiring, very accessible to non-scholars. BS1485 .J6413 and BS1485 .G4913.

Campbell, Karen J. German Mystical Writings: Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Jacob Boehme and Others. The German Library, vol. 5 NY: Continuum, 1991. BV5080 .G38 1991.

Catherine of Genoa, St. Fire of Love!: Understanding Purgatory. Manchester, NH: Sophia. After a series of revelations, Catherine describes Purgatory as a joyful experience of God=s mercy rather than something to be feared. Highly recommended by Fr. Benedict Groeschel.

Catherine of Siena, St. The Dialogue. Rockford, IL: Tan, 1974. Also Classics of Western Spir¬i¬tuality. NY: Paulist. By one of the most influential mystics of the middle ages. Dictated by her while she was in ecstasy. BQX 8309 S5D5

Francis and Claire of Assisi. Francis and Clare: The Complete Works. Classics of Western Spirituality. NY: Paulist. BQX 7386 W6.

Gilson, Etienne. The Mystical Theology of St. Bernard. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian, 1990. BQX 8305 B64G5 and BQX8305.E64 G5.

Jörgensen, Johanes. St. Francis of Assisi. Garden City, NY: Doubleday [Image], 1911. A standard biography. BQX8319.R1 J7 (2 copies).

Habig, Marion A. St. Francis of Assisi: Writings and Early Biographies. English Omnibus of the Sources for the Life of St. Francis. 3rd ed. Chicago: Franciscan Herald, 1973.

Hildegard of Bingen. Scivias. Classics of Western Spirituality. NY: Paulist. Contains the 26 visions of this saint who was the first of the great German mystics. BQT 2449.3 H54S3 and Blakley Ref. BQ310.C67 M v.43.

Leclercq, Jean. The Love of Learning and the Desire for God. NY: Fordham, 1961. 451p. A study of monastic culture. BQX6821 .L3 (2 copies).

Leclercq, Jean et al. The Spirituality of the Middle Ages. History of Christian Spirituality, vol. 2. NY: Seabury [Crossroad], 1968. Opt.

Meister Eckhart. The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense. Classics of Wes¬tern Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist. opt.

Noble, Thomas F. X. and Thomas Head. Soldiers of Christ: Saints Lives from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1995. Collection of 11 writings. BX4659.E85 S65.

Raymond, Bro. M., OCSO. The Family that Overtook Christ. Boston: St. Paul Books, 1986. The fascinating story of St. Bernard of Clairvaux and his remarkable family. Very interesting historical novel style give this broad appeal. Entertaining, inspiring. Good to share with friends.BQX7279 .R27b.

Raymond, Bro. M., OCSO. Three Religious Rebels. Boston: St. Paul Books, 1986. The intriguing story of the foundation of the Cistercians. Engaging historical-novel style gives this broad appeal. Entertaining, inspiring. Good to share with friends. BQX7279 .R27a.

Timmermans, Felix. The Perfect Joy of St. Francis. Trans. Raphael Brown. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1955. This historical novel conveys the spirit of Francis better than any scholarly biography. Opt. BQX8319.R1T5 E.

Verdeyen, Paul, SJ. Ruusbroec and His Mysticism. Trans. Andre Lefevere. Collegeville: Liturgical Press. First half of the book discusses his life; second half is an anthology of his writings.


Anonymous. The Way of a Pilgrim. Trans. Helen Bacovcin. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1978. ISBN 0-385-12400-7. 196 pp. BX382 .08513.
Beggiani, Seely. Introduction to Eastern Christian Spirituality: The Syriac Tradition. Staten Island, NY: St. Maron Pub¬li¬cations. Spans the fourth through 8th centuries and focuses on the ancient Syriac (Antiochene) mystics. 127 pp. BQX 5410 .B44.

Bouyer, Louis. Orthodox Spirituality and Protestant and Anglican Spirituality. History of Christian Spirituality, vol. 3. NY: Seabury [Crossroad], 1969. Opt.

Cabasilas, Nicholas. The Life in Christ. Trans. C. de Catanzaro. St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1974. 14th Cent. classic of Eastern sacramental spirituality. BQ 1905.A3 L5

Doherty, Catherine de Hueck. Not Without Parables: Stories of Yesterday, Today and Eternity. Notre Dame: Ave Maria, 1977. The Byzantine Catholic founder of Madonna House, a Christian community in Ontario, shares from her life both in Russian and America short, fascinating stories that edify. Great to read before bed or during silent meals. IRPSL.

Doherty, Catherine de Hueck. Poustinia: Christian Spirituality of the East for Western Man. Notre Dame: Ave Maria, 1975. Readable & practical book for contemporary laity. I recommend it. BX 2350.2 .D625.

Doherty, Catherine de Hueck. Sobornost: Eastern Unity of Mind and Heart for Western Man. Notre Dame: Ave Maria, 1977. BV4647.C6 D64.

Fedotov, Georgii. P. The Russian Religious Mind: Kievan Christianity, 10th-13th Centuries. Harper Torch¬books, 1960. L. Bouyer calls this an incomparable account of the origins of Russian spirituality. BQX 6131 F4.

Fedotov, Georgii. P., ed. A Treasury of Russian Spirituality. New York, 1948. Key primary texts with intro.QX 5818 .F29.

Hausherr., I. The Name of Jesus. Cistercian Studies. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian, 1978. BQT 2658 .H38.

Lossky, Vladimir. The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church. London: J. Clarke, 1957. BQX5876 .L6.

Monk of the Eastern Church. The Prayer of Jesus: Its Genesis, Development and Practice in the Byzantine-Slavic Religious Tradition. Trans. from 4th French ed. NY: Desclée, 1967. BQT 56 .P6 E. Paperback edition by St. Vladimir=s Press (1987) is entitled The Jesus Prayer. IRPSL.

Nikodemos, St. and Makarios of Corinth, St., eds. Philokalia. The Complete Text. Trans. G. Palmer & P. Sherrard. 3 vols. London: Faber & Faber, 1995. BV 4495 .P54 1995 v.4. 458p.

Maloney, George. Russian Hesychasm. Opt.

Meyendorff, John. Saint Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir=s Seminary, 1974.

Palamas, Gregory. The Triads. Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1983. This work is a defense of the practice of the Jesus prayer to achieve the prayer of the heart. A classic. BQX 5884 G74.

Spidlik, Tomas. The Spirituality of the Christian East: A Systematic Handbook. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications. Detailed study by professor of Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. BQX 5411 S55.

Symeon the New Theologian. The Discourses. Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist. opt.

Winkler, Gabriele. AThe Jesus Prayer in Eastern Spirituality.@ In The Continuing Quest for God, ed. By William Skudlarek, OSB. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1982. Opt.


Brother Lawrence. Practice in the Presence of God. NY: Doubleday. Doubleday puts out a pocket edition isbn 0-385-48240-X.

De Sales, Francis. Introduction to the Devout Life. Trans. John K. Ryan. NY: Doubleday Image, 1989. Spiritual classic written for busy lay people. BQT 2525 R4; BQT 2525 R9 (2 copies) and BQT 2525 .R6.

De Sales, Francis. Thy Will Be Done: Letters to Persons in the World. Manchester, NH: Sophia, 1995. 255 pp. BX 4700 .F85 A4

Dubay, Thomas. Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel–On Prayer. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1989. BQT 2245.3 D9F5.

Evennett, H. Outram. The Spirit of the Counter-Reformation. Notre Dame, IN: Univ. ofNotre Dame Press, 1970. On Counter-Reformation spirituality and its the religious orders. BQX 963 E84 1970.

Fenelon, Francois. Meditations on the Heart of God. Edited and translated by Robert J. Edmonson.

Fenelon, Francois. Talking with God.

Gonzalez de Camara, Luis. St. Ignatius= Own Story With a Sampling of His Letters. Translated by William Young, SJ. Chicago: Loyola, 1980 [1956].

Ignatius of Loyola, St. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Trans. A. Mottola. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1964. These exercises, usually undertaken during silent 8 or 30 day retreats, have revolutionized the lives of countless Christians over the past 400 years. BQT 2543 M7 and BQT 2543 I5E9. (Image) …also BQT 2543 .L6 and BQT2543 .P97.

Ignatius of Loyola: Spiritual Exercises and Selected Works. NY: Paulist, 1991. BQX 8327 .G615 1991.

John of the Cross, St. The Collected Works. Trans. Kieran Kavanaugh et al. Washington,DC: ICS Publications, 1973. St. John of the Cross is wonderful, but rather difficult. The work above by Dubay would be good to read before attempting this. BQT2412.A2 K3.

Lappin, Peter. Give Me Souls. New Rochelle, NY: Don Bosco Publications, 1977. Favorite family reading at the D’Ambrosio household. Don Bosco is one of the most fascinating, inspiring and likable figures in the entire history of the Church. Opt.

Ravier, Andre. Francis de Sales, Sage and Saint. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1988. 269 pp. BX 4700 .F85 R3721 1988.

Saint-Jure, Fr. Jean Baptiste and Blessed Claude de la Colombiere, S.J. Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence. Rockford, IL: TAN, 1983. Written by Jesuits during the same period that de Caussade wrote Abandonment to Divine Providence and has a similar theme.
Teresa of Avila, St. The Way of Perfection. Trans. E. A. Peers. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1964. Her classic on the practice of prayer. BX2179 .T4C313. (WestminsterPub: BQT 2426 .A5w).

Teresa of Avila, St. Interior Castle. Trans. E. Peers. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1961. BX2179.T4 M63.

Teresa of Avila, St. The Life of St. Teresa of Avila by herself. London: Penguin, 1957. I think this is the best place to begin reading St. Teresa’s writing. BX 4700 .T4 A3 1957

Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac. Rules, Conferences, and Writings. Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist. BX2350 .V52525 1995.

Van Zeller, Hubert, OSB. Spirituality Recharted. Petersham, MA: St. Bede=s. The teachings of St. John of the Cross on the soul=s progress to God explained in simple, contemporary language.


Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Christian Meditation. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1989. BV 4813 .B3413 1989.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Prayer. Trans. A. Littledale. NY: Paulist [Deus], 1967. 246 pp. Really focuses entirely on the contemplation. BQT 2468 .B2.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Two Sisters in the Spirit: Therese of Lisieux and Elizabeth of the Trinity. San Francisco: Ignatius.

Bouyer, Louis. Women Mystics: Hadewijch of Antwerp, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Elizabeth of the Trinity, Edith Stein. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1993. 197 pp. BV 5095 .A1 B6813.

Carretto, Carlo. Letters from the Desert. Trans. Rose M Hancock. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis [Pillar], 1976. Written by a hermit in the Sahara desert who belongs to the order founded by Charles de Foucauld, the Little Brothers of Jesus. This and his other books are great spiritual reading. BQT2188 .C34.

Carretto, Carlo. In Search of the Beyond. Trans. S. Fawcett. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1976. Opt.

Lepetit, Charles. Two Dancers in the Desert: The Life of Charles de Foucauld. Marynoll,NY: Orbis, 1983. 118p. A poetical biography of one of the great Catholic mystics of the 20th century.. IRPS library.

Chautard, Dom Jean-Baptiste, OCSO. The Soul of the Apostolate. Trappist, KY: Abbey of Gethsemani, 1946. A classic defense of the interior life of prayer as essential for those engaged in active Christian service. 290pp. . IRPS library and BQT2188 .C5E and BQT 2188 C5.

Fox, Matthew. Original Blessing. Santa Fe: Bear & Co., 1983. Outline’s the author’s “creation spirituality” which I believe to be imbalanced, despite some valid insights. BX2350.2 .F665 1993.
Fox, Matthew. Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest. San Francisco: Harper¬Collins, 1996. Autobiography detailing the evolution of his ideas and his battle with theVatican and the Dominican Order. I do not recommend this work for spiritual insight and inspiration in the Catholic tradition!

Gibson, Evan K. C.S. Lewis, Spinner of Tales. Contains an essay on the Great Divorce as well as on other fictional works by Lewis. PR 6023.E926 Z654.

Green, Roger and Walter Hooper. C.S. Lewis Biography, Revised.

Guardini, Romano. The Art of Praying. Manchester, NH: Sophia Press. Prayer basics for people who already pray. Offers practical help in deepening one’s prayer life. Written by one of the century’s great Catholic writers. BV210 .G8213 1994.

Hooper, Walter. C.S. Lewis Companion and Guide. San Francisco: HarperCollins. By one of Lewis’s closest friends comes a biography and analysis of key themes in Lewis’ various writings. isbn 0-06-063879-6. PR6023.E9 Z676 1996.

Howard, Thomas. C.S. Lewis, Man of Letters. San Francisco: Ignatius. Has been acclaimed as one of the best books about C.S. Lewis.

Kreeft, Peter. Prayer: The Great Conversation. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1991. Straight answers to tough questions about prayer. BV 215 K72 1991. 178pp.

Kreeft, Peter. The Shadow-Lands of C.S. Lewis. San Francisco: Ignatius. A volume for those who want to know more about Lewis and his writings by someone who knows his work uncommonly well. PR6023.E926 A6.

Lewis, C.S. The Screwtape Letters. NY: Macmillan, 1961. Delightful fiction that brilliantly exposes how temptation works. PR6023 .E9s 1958.

Lewis, C.S. Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My ` Life. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich [Harvest}, 1955. A partial autobiography focusing on Lewis= conversion. BQT 227 .L43.

Merton, Thomas. Spiritual Direction and Meditation. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1960. BX 2350.7 M47 1960.

Muggeridge, Malcolm. Something Beautiful for God. Garden City, NY: Doubleday [Image], 1977. Muggeridge interviews Mother Teresa. Includes photos and a collection of Mother Teresa’s prayers. A good, popular intro to Mother Teresa that you can share with others. Other books by Mother Teresa are available from Our Sunday Visitor Press, Huntington, Indiana. BQX 7980.5 C5T4 1977 and BQX7980.5.c5 T4.

O=Mahoney, Christopher. St. Therese of Lisieux By Those Who Knew Her. San Francisco: Ignatius. Insights offered into the saint=s character by her sisters, a friend, a maid, her novice mistress and others.

Pacwa, Mitch, SJ. Catholics and the New Age. Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1992. Reliable critique of Matthew Fox, Enneagram, and other trends in contemporary spirituality. Good bibliography.

Pennington, M. Basil, OCSO. Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form. New York: Doubleday Image, 1980. Claiming to be updating the prayer form found inThe Cloud of Unknowing, this is just too reminiscent of Transcendental Meditation for my liking.

Rohr, Richard and Andreas Ebert. Discovering the Enneagram. New York: Crossroad, 1995. One of the legion of books seeking to popularize and Christianize a tool of dubious scientific merit and clear occult origins. BX2350.2 .R6413 1990.

Steichen, Donna. Ungodly Rage: The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1991. Written by a Catholic journalist, this provides glimpses into “Wicca” (witchcraft or goddess-worship) services attended by the author. Also, a critique of Matthew Fox. BX1795.F44 S74 1991.

Therese of Lisieux, St. The Story of a Soul. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1957. A pearl of a book that all Christians ought to read sometime in their life. BQX 9351 .H5B4 1989 and BQX8351.H5 B4 1957 (2 copies).

Wurmbrand, Richard. In God’s Underground. NY: Bantam, 1977. Powerfully moving account by a Lutheran confessor and mystic of what he and others experienced as prisoners in the now notorious prisons of the Romanian Communists. Guaranteed to bring you to repentance and prayer! BQX2848 .W8 1968.


Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Mary for Today. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1988. BT 613 .B358 1988.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von. The Threefold Garland. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1982. Best work on the rosary I know. BQT 1006 B25 and BT306.4 .B3513.

Bouyer, Louis. The Seat of Wisdom: An Essay on the Place of the Virgin Mary in Christian Theology. New York: Pantheon [Random House], 1960. BQT 1012 .B7. 212pp. By a former Prot¬es¬t¬ant who after ordination as a Catholic priest, became one of the century’s more important Catholic theologians.

Brown, Raymond E. et al, eds. Mary in the New Testament. NY: Paulist, 1978. Collaborative statement by several Protestant and Catholic scholars on how Mary was viewed during the first two centuries. BQT 1013 M37 1978..

Dickson, Charles. A Protestant Pastor Looks at Mary: What Does Mary Offer AllChristians? Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1996. Written by a Lutheran. 112pp. 0-87973-727-1

Doheny, William, J. Papal Documents on Mary. Milwaukee: Bruce, 1954. BQT 1000 P8. From Pius IX till Pius XII. Organized chronologically, but topic of each excerpt clear from table of contents.

Graef, Hilda. Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion. 2 vols. NY: Sheed and Ward, 1963. Republished in a combined paperback volume by Sheed & Ward of London, 1985. BQT 1012 G73. Great of the historical development of Marian devotion and doctrine. isbn 0-7220-5221-9.

John Paul II, Pope. Encyclical Letter Mother of the Redeemer [Redemptoris Mater]. Washington, DC: USCC, 1987. BQT 1003 C38 1987.

John Paul II, Pope. John Paul II’s Book of Mary. Compiled by Margaret R. Bunson. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1996. Various writings of JP II on Mary collected in one volume. 0-87973-578-3, 208pp.

Lubich, Chiara. The Word of Life. London: New City, 1981. The foundress of the Focolare movement explains her simple spirituality of meditating profoundly on Scripture and putting it into practice in daily life. Opt.

National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pastoral Letter Behold Your Mother, Woman of Faith. Washington: USCC, 1973. BOT1016.N3 E.

O’Carroll, Michael. Theotokos: A Theological Encyclopedia of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, 1982. Blakley Ref BQT 1006 O23.

Palmer, Paul, F., ed. Mary in the Documents of the Church. Westminster, MD: Newman, 1952. BQT 1012 P3. Excerpts from patristic, conciliar, and papal teaching organized by topic, such as the title “Mediatrix.”

Papal Teachings on Our Lady. Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1961. BQT 1000 .P8a. From Benedict XIV through John XXIII. Arranged chronologically, not topically.

Tavard, George. The Thousand Faces of the Virgin Mary. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1996. 280pp. Written by an ecumenical theologian, this book seeks to share the different ways that both Christians and non-Christians have viewed Mary from New Testament times to the present. BT613 .T38 1996.


Aquinas, St. Thomas. Summa Theologiae. Translated by Dominicans of the EnglishProvince. 3 vols. New York: Benzinger, 1947. See especially Parts 2/1 and 2/2 for his teaching on the gifts. This edition is English-only; for Latin and English, see the multi-volume Blackfriars edition. Publishing info below under Edward O=Connor. BQ6838 .E52 and BQ6849 .A2 1945.

Burns, J. Patout and Gerald M. Fagin, SJ. The Holy Spirit. Vol. 3 in Message of the Fathers of the Church Series. Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, 1984. BQT 587.2 B9. 237pp.

Farrell, Walter and Dominic Hughes, O.P. Swift Victory: Essays on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1955. BQT 1217 .F2

Gardeil, Ambrose, O.P. The Holy Spirit in Christian Life. Trans. By Mark C. Verschure. St. Louis, MO: Herder, 1954. BQT 2655 G35. A retreat given by this important theologian on the topic of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. His more scholarly presentation of the topic can be read in the FrenchDictionaire de theologie catholique.

Johnson, Luke Timothy. Scripture & Discernment: Decision Making in the Church. Abingdon Press, 1996.
Kosicki, George W., CSB. Intercession: Moving Mountains by Living Eucharistically.

Kreeft, Peter. Back to Virtue. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1992. Popular level, concentrates on how the beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount are God’s antidote to the 7 deadly sins. BV4630 .K73 1992.

Lewis, C.S. The Four Loves. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich [Harvest], 1960. I’ve been told that this is John Paul II’s favorite C.S. Lewis book! Discusses the three human loves (affection, romantic love, and friendship) and how these relate to divine love (charity). 192pp.

Michael, Chester P. and Marie C. Norrisey. Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality Types. Charlottesville, VA: The Open Door, 1984. 0-940136-01-5. 190pp. Uses personality types of Myers-Briggs. Bibliography.

Muhlen, Heribert. A Charismatic Theology: Initiation in the Holy Spirit. NY: Paulist, 1978. 360pp. A seminar course to lead Christians to deeper life in the Holy Spirit. Good pastoral tool for adult ed courses. BQT 587 M7613.

O’Connor, Edward D. Appendices I-V on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in vol. 24 of St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, pp. 80-141. NY & London: Blackfriars and McGraw-Hill, 1974. BQ6838 .E52 v.24 (2 copies).

Pieper, Josef. The Four Cardinal Virtues. South Bend IN: Univ. Notre Dame Press, 1966. Best exposition of the cardinal virtues I know of. BQT 1789 .P513..

Pieper, Josef. Faith, Hope, Love. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1997. Highly recommended.

Scanlan, Michael, TOR. What Does God Want?: A Practical Guide to Making Decisions. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 1997.

Weber, Geread P. The Capital Sins: Seven Obstacles to Life and Love. St.Anthony Messenger, 1997. 0-86716-260-0, 125 pp.

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