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- The Shadow on the Earth (A Tale of Tragedy and Triumph)
by Owen Francis Dudley. Also available new.
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien.
- The Robe
by Lloyd Douglas. A story about Jesus, told from the perspective of a
Roman soldier who crucifies Jesus. He comes to be fascinated by
the person of Jesus, and to believe in him.
- Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI. On the person of Jesus Christ, from the baptism to the transfiguration: the names "Son of man" and "Son". It responds to some degree to the interpretations of Jesus proposed by followers devoted to the historical-critical method to the exclusion of theological method. In explaining Jesus Christ through the scriptures, The pope gives practical example of real theological exegesis and interpretation of scripture.
- Happy Are You Poor: The Simple Life and Spiritual Freedom
by Thomas Dubay. A great book written for all Catholics (not just for those discerning a religious vocation!) which seeks
to present the Gospel challenge simply and directly.
- And You Are Christ's: The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life
by Thomas Dubay. One of the best books written in our time on the Christian meaning of virginity and celibacy.
Highly recommended for anyone discerning a vocation to religious life, the priesthood, or another
state of consecrated celibacy or virginity. Would also be helpful for spiritual directors, parents... really anyone
who wants to understand Christian virginity better. And in fact, as one must understand the meaning and value of marriage
in order to understand fully the meaning and value of virginity, so understanding virginity helps to understand marriage better.
This book is good reading, then, for any follower of Christ.
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- The Spirit of the Liturgy
by Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). A truly great book on the
liturgy of the Church.
Those who are interested in liturgy, or involved in liturgy in their
parish should read this book. Those who love Pope Benedict should read
Those who feel they don't understand, or who disagree with Pope
Benedict's recent decisions in regard to liturgy should read it with an
- Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla. Many good insights
into the nature and workings of human love, and God's plan for it.
- Theology for Beginners or
Theology and Sanity by F.J. Sheed. Good books that explain Catholic theology in a simple manner.
- Understanding Medjugorje: Heavenly Visions or Religious Illusion? Takes a critical look at Medjugorje.
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