Recommended Reading

Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church

Catholic Catechism of Saint Pius X (1908) (Heresy-free, Q&A-format catechism by the Pope who condemned Modernism. This is the first book I read after I decided to come back to the Catholic Church after 40 years away.)

A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion by Joseph Deharbe (I have linked to the free PDF format version on Archive.org. First published in 1912, it contains no Vatican II rubbish.

Traditional Catholic Missal

The New Roman Missal by Father Lasance (This is the New Roman Missal in Latin and English by Rev. Francis Xavier Lasance and Rev. Francis Augustine Walsh, O.S.B. published in 1945)

Liturgical year

The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Gueranger (15-volume set)

The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Rosary

The Secret of the Rosary by Saint Louis de Montfort

True Devotion to Mary: With Preparation For Total Consecration by Saint Louis de Montfort

Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon by Father Donald Calloway (meticulously researched book about the Rosary)

Traditional Catholic sermons and meditations (pre-Vatican II)

Original, short and practical sermons for every feast of the Ecclesiastical year – 3 sermons for every feast) by Rev. F.X. Weninger, S.J., Doctor of Theology, 2nd edition 1882 (download this book in PDF format and print out the relevant sermons for the feast day).

Original, short and practical sermons for every Sunday of the Ecclesiastical year – 3 sermons for every Sunday) by Rev. F.X. Weninger, S.J., Doctor of Theology, 2nd edition 1881 (download in PDF format and print out the relevant sermons for each Sunday of the year).

Sermons on Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, and on the Saints, vol. 2, by Father Franz Hunolt, S.J. (translated by Rev. J. Allen) [New York, NY: Benziger Brothers, 1897].

Sermons on the Four Last Things, vol. 1, by Father Franz Hunolt, S.J. (translated by Rev. J. Allen) [New York, NY: Benziger Brothers, 1897]. This volume covers death and the last judgement.

Sermons on the Four Last Things, vol. 2, by Father Franz Hunolt, S.J. (translated by Rev. J. Allen) [New York, NY: Benziger Brothers, 1897]. This volume covers hell and heaven.

Sermons of the Cure of Ars: Sermons for All the Sundays and Feast Days of the Year by St. Jean Marie Vianney. As relevant today as they were in the 1800s, proving that people have not changed and Our Lord’s teachings are eternal!

Meditations and Readings for Lent from St. Thomas Aquinas, Translated by Father Philip Hughes (London, Sheed and Ward, 1937). Daily meditations for Lent from the Angelic Doctor.

Meditations for Lent by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (Bishop Bossuet was a great orator in the 17th century. His works were favored by saints and Popes (such as Pope Pius XII). Because of his great piety and eloquence, he was considered the greatest preacher of his time)

Meditations for Advent by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (see author’s short bio above)

The Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen (a classic on the life of Our Lord)

The Seven Last Words by Fulton Sheen (essential Lent reading)

Mental prayer and contemplative silence

Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales

The Ways of Mental Prayer by Dom Vitalis Lehodey

The Spiritual Life and Prayer: According to Holy Scripture and Spiritual Tradition by Cecile de Bruyere

The Power of Silence Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah (after you read this, you’ll wish he were the Pope)

From sinner to saint: miraculous transformations

Confessions by St. Augustine (translated by F.J. Sheed) (read this book to give yourself hope – St. Augustine was an ambitious, worldly man dedicated to professional advancement and sexual pleasure.)

Saint Mary Magdalene: Prophetess of Eucharistic Love by Father Sean Davidson (inspiring book about Saint Mary Magdalene, beautifully written, very inspiring)

Restoration of Catholic tradition

Phoenix from the Ashes: The Making, Unmaking and Restoration of Catholic Tradition by H.J.A. Sire

The Binding Force of Tradition by Father Chad Ripperger

Books written by converts to Catholicism

No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy by Father Donald Calloway (Surfer/ex-hooligan converts to Catholicism and becomes a priest!)

Cor Jesu Sacratissimum: From Secularism and New Age to Christendom Renewed by Roger Buck (New Age teacher/fanatic converts to Catholicism; excellent book on the dangers of New Age philosophy)

Confessions of a Convert by Robert Hugh Benson (R.H. Benson is the author of “Lord of the World”; he was the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, E.H. Benson)

Night’s Bright Darkness by Sally Read (English poet converts to Catholicism)

The Unexpected Way by Paul Williams (well-known Buddhist scholar converts to Catholicism)

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