Catholic Books On Spirituality

Divine Intimacy - Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year. By Rev. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen. The beloved Carmelite classic on how to reach intimate union with God through prayer. About 3 pages per day. Covers the whole spiritual life. Based on the traditional liturgical calendar. Gives an absolutely Catholic view of life. A lifetime book! Baronius Press Edition.

Divine Intimacy - $58.95

 
 

My Confraternity Library - The Perfect Size. The Perfect Set. The Perfect Gift.

For more than 50 years, the titles from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood have nourished the soul. Millions of readers have found in these treasured books a source of inspiration and grace. Conveniently sized for pocket, palm, or purse, these little devotionals are treasures of wisdom and consolation. Available for the first time in a beautifully packaged set, these are to be kept close at hand, to provide spiritual refreshment throughout the day and a gentle call to grow closer to God.

My Confraternity Library includes:

• My Daily Bread
• My Daily Life
• My Meditation on the Gospel
• My Meditations on Saint Paul
• My Imitation of Christ
• My Way of Life

A portion of the proceeds from every purchase of the My Confraternity Library Box Set goes to support the sisters of the Precious Blood Monastery in Brooklyn, NY.

My Confraternity Library - $59.95

 
 

This rule of life is - in Christ - the heart and soul of the most successful religious order in history. Written by a spiritual father for his children, The Rule of St. Benedict is not only an ideal guide for the individual wishing to follow the Benedictine path; it is also an indispensable tool for the spiritualization of family life. A timeless classic by the founder of Western monasticism. Leather bound - 128 pages.

The Rule of St. Benedict was written in the sixth century by the father of monastic life, St Benedict himself. It towers in the great tradition of Christian Monasticism. Its leading characteristics are its wonderful discretion, moderation, and keen insight into the capabilities and weaknesses of human nature. Here is a common sense approach to arranging life so that Christian spirituality and virtue can be lived out in any community settings - monastic or familial. Premium Ultra-Soft Cover

 

The Rule of St. Benedict

(Baroonius Press)

$21.95

The Rule of St. Benedict

(Saint Benedict Press)

$24.95

 

The Glories of Mary - The great Doctor of the Church, St. Alphonsus Liguori, has assembled here the very finest information about Our Lady, taken from the many writings of the Saints, holy authors, and from Sacred Scripture.

The Glories of Mary is five complete books in one volume. The first book explains the words of the Salve Regina, shows how God has given Mary to mankind to be the Gate of Heaven. The second book explains Our Lady's principal feasts and reveals to the reader's mind fresh truths about these mysteries. The third book explains the Seven Sorrows of Mary and shows why Our Lady's martyrdom was longer and greater than that of all other martyrs. The fourth book describes ten different virtues of Our Lady, and the fifth book gives dozens of famous prayers, meditations and devotions to her.

Included are the theological proofs for the Immaculate Conception, explanations of the invocations in the Litany of Loreto, and a description of Our Lady's death. The Glories of Mary is the greatest compendium of nearly 18 centuries of teaching on Our Lady, and will lead many souls to a greater love of Jesus through a more intimate knowledge of Mary and her exalted role in our salvation.

Item No. 0187
ISBN: 9780895550217
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Imprint: TAN Books 
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Paperbound
Dimensions: 5.5" X 8.5"
Pages: 670 pgs

The Glories of Mary - $29.95

 
 

The End of the Present World

" Mystery book on ‘End Times’ reappears

"Reading this book was one of the
greatest graces of my life!"
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux It’s one of those books that come out of nowhere — almost literally — just when the world needs it most. Is it all correct — what it reveals about the future, both for the world and the soul? From the vantage point of earth, who can say? It is written by a human. But a great saint — Thérèse of Lisieux — was so taken by this book that it spurred her entry into the convent. “Reading this book was one of the greatest graces of my life,” she says in her autobiography. “The impression I received from it is too sweet to express. All the great truths of religion and the mysteries of eternity plunged into my soul a happiness not of this earth.” Completed in 1881 by an aged French priest, this remarkable book surfaced long enough to draw Thérèse into the convent and then, for more than a century, plunged back into obscurity. Now we offer you the very first English translation of this hope-filled, chilling work. In it, Fr. Arminjon gets right to the point: “The end of the world, Christ says, will come when the human race, sunk in the depths of indifference, is far from thinking about punishment and justice. It will be as in the days of Noah, when men lived without a care, built luxurious homes, and mocked Noah as he built his ark.” “Civilization will be at its zenith, markets overflowing with money, and stocks will never have been higher. Mankind, wallowing in unprecedented material prosperity, will have ceased to hope for heaven. Crudely attached to pleasures, man will say ‘My soul, you have goods to last for many years. Eat, drink and be merry.’” Doesn’t that sound eerily like America just a year or so ago? Fr. Arminjon insists that we “steer clear of every perilous opinion and make no assertion that is not justified by Tradition and the doctrine of the Fathers.” Yet it’s precisely his sober reliance on Scripture and Tradition that makes this book so convincing . . . and so chilling! But Fr. Arminjon doesn’t merely sketch the darkness ahead; he also shows how Jesus will fill that darkness with light; and he details the rich bounty Christ has in store for all who stay faithful. That’s what caught Thérèse up in such fervent love of God, nourished her impatience for Heaven, and confirmed her decision to choose a life wholly consecrated to Divine Love. The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life: let it show you how to read the signs of the times and prepare you to bear yourself as a Christian (as it did Thérèse) . . . no matter what the future holds!

The End of the Present World - $19.95


Introduction to the Devout Life

The Dark Night of the Soul

"Since its first publication in 1609 this book has never gone out of print. It has always occupied a privileged position in the Church: no guide ever written provides so complete, so balanced and so practical an approach to the spiritual life. Written for the layman surrounded by worldliness, this is a masterpiece of mystical and devotional literature, by a great and much loved Doctor of the Church. This book does what many similar books fail to do, teach the reader to grow in holiness, step by simple step.

St. Francis de Sales was a master psychologist, with a special gift for teaching practical morality. His writings are characterized by sublime common sense. Even non-Christians have admired his prose. Above all, he is a spiritual genius, and thus was made a Doctor of the Church. This book is truly medicine for the soul. "

Introduction to the Devout Life
Saint Francis De Sales
Item No: 1005
Binding: paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 5.5" x 8"
$14.00 (+ shipping)
St. John takes us on a journey into ourselves, a journey of knowledge and self understanding, that encompasses our failings and imperfections. It shows us how in a place beyond words we can embrace sadness and grief, and seeking God, our lives will be turned around. He describes the “arid and dark night of contemplation” which leads us to “the knowledge of oneself and of one’s misery.” True knowledge of our self and of our condition shows how far we must go to find God, who our restless hearts incessantly seek.

The Dark Night of the Soul describes how first the senses, and then the spirit undergo a series of purgation, which aids in bringing it closer to God, and eventually preparing it for union with Him. The individual soul seeks Jesus in a mystical marriage. For after the dark night, comes the joy of mystical union with God.

The Dark Night of the Soul
Saint John of the Cross
Item No: 1008
Binding: paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.5" x 8"
$14.00 (+ shipping)
 

The Little Flowers

Dark Night of the Soul (TAN)

The Fioretti or Little Flowers of St. Francis, is a spiritual commentary, made up of a series of stories and anecdotes from the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his followers.

St. Bonaventure composed the second book in this volume – The Life of St. Francis. He went to Assisi for the purpose of consulting documents and to interrogate the surviving companion of St Francis in order to produce the definitive and authoritative biography that describes St Francis’ life, miracles and vocation.

Both of these books are rewarding insights into the founder of one of the great orders of the Church, and one of the most admired saints of all time.

The Little Flowers / The Life of St. Francis
Brother Ugolino / St. Bonaventure
Item No: 1018
Binding: paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.5" x 8"
$14.00 (+ shipping)

Dark Night of the Soul. In Dark Night of the Soul, Saint John of the Cross presents for us a portrait painted from his own experience of one who advances successfully through the struggles of the spiritual life. The dark night that St John describes is not abandonment by God but special consideration from Him for those who desire to purify and perfect their souls.

With a soul purified from earthly attachments, we can advance through the much quoted but oft misunderstood dark night of the souls into unity with God. By accepting the desolation and difficulty of this process, the soul cooperates with God and opens itself to receiving and revealing more perfectly God s glory.

Be not afraid - Dark Night of the Soul, though austere and exacting in its instructions for holy living, is laced with St John s charity and kindness, his love of all things beautiful and sacred- including you.

$13.00 (+ shipping)


Dark Night of the Soul - Leather Hard Cover

The Dark Night of the Soul. In Dark Night of the Soul, Saint John of the Cross presents for us a portrait painted from his own experience of one who advances successfully through the struggles of the spiritual life. The dark night that St John describes is not abandonment by God but special consideration from Him for those who desire to purify and perfect their souls.

With a soul purified from earthly attachments, we can advance through the much quoted but oft misunderstood dark night of the souls into unity with God. By accepting the desolation and difficulty of this process, the soul cooperates with God and opens itself to receiving and revealing more perfectly God s glory.

Be not afraid - Dark Night of the Soul, though austere and exacting in its instructions for holy living, is laced with St John s charity and kindness, his love of all things beautiful and sacred- including you.

$22.95 (+ shipping)


The Introduction to the Devout Life (TAN)

As no sensible person would make a long road trip without first consulting a map, so the person intent upon gaining Heaven should first resort to a competent guide to reach that Goal of all goals. And no better guide to Heaven exists than An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Doctor of the Church. It is at once easy to read, being laid out in short chapters, yet thorough, authoritative, reliable, kind and gentle a mirror of its author. It is a book, moreover, for all, because all are called to the devout life. True devotion to God, the author points out, adorns every vocation. The devout life, moreover, is a lovely, a pleasant, and a happy life. (p. 5)

Addressed as a personal letter to Philothea, the lover of God which genuinely represents the reader the book covers: our first desire to lead a devout life to our full resolution to do so, how we should approach God in prayer and the Sacraments, the practice of 16 important virtues, remedies against ordinary temptations, and becoming confirmed in our practice of devotion. St. Francis says, Devotion is spiritual agility and vivacity, by means of which charity works in us, or we in her, with love and readiness; and as charity leads us to obey and fulfill all God's Commandments, so devotion leads us to obey them with promptitude and diligence. (p. 3) 

An Introduction to the Devout Life is a book to be read with pencil in hand. It is a book to be read again and again. It is a book to make your guide for the rest of your life. It goes to the heart of becoming good. Its aim is to help you be rid of sin and even the inclinations to sin. Alone, its 10 brief meditations in Part I will orient you toward God for the rest of your life. No one will come away without being profoundly impressed and without being motivated to enter upon the devout life . . . which leads ultimately to God and to Heaven. 

This is the original TAN edition now with updated typesetting, fresh new cover, new size and quality binding, and the same trusted content. 

An Introduction to the Devout Life - St. Francis De Sales

SBN: 9780895552280
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Imprint: TAN Books
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: Paperbound
Dimensions: 5.5" X 8.5" X 0.88"

$14.95 (+ shipping)

 

Humility of Heart

Although not entirely a new title for TAN, we are listing it as new because this edition is newly typeset and repunctuated, so it will come alive as if you never read it before! Our Lord said, "Learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart." (Matt 11:29) And also, "Amen, I say to you, unless you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven." (Matt 18:3) This classic study in humility describes the nature of that virtue typical of all Saints - the one virtue that underlies every other virtue and without which none of us will enter Heaven. Says, "Impregnate yourself with humility, and you will soon find that all other virtues will follow without any effort on your part." A treasure; filled with insights. Buy copies with confidence for all your friends!

Item No. 1870
ISBN: 9780895557667
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Imprint: TAN Books - Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Paperbound
Dimensions: 4.25" X 7" X 0.5" - Pages: 203 pgs

Humility of Heart - $11.00 (+ shipping)

 

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