Good Books

I’ll update this periodically as I remember old books and as I read new books. In the mean time here’s the ol’ faithful list:

The Holy Bible by God [Yes the whole thing. It is, after all, the inerrant word of God. I prefer the RSV-CE]

The Catechism of the Catholic Church by the Holy See [A great reference for your basic Catholic questions]

The Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas, OP [If you want to know what Aquinas said, this is a good start]

The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [You may have heard of this guy. Essential book for understanding liturgy]

Rediscovering Aquinas and the Sacraments edited by Matthew Levering [Excellent intro to Sacramental Theology]

Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition by Christopher Kaczor [Help for understanding how not to be a proportionalist]

Acting on Principle by Fr. Janko Zagar, OP [Excellent introduction for understanding ethics]

St. Francis of Assisi: A New Biography by Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP [The definitive biography of the Seraphic Father]

Thomist Realism and the Linguistic Turn by John O’Callaghan [Best exposition on the subject & Thomistic Epistemology]

I and Thou by Martin Buber and translated by Ronald Gregor Smith [Life changing book on authentic human interaction]

The Confessions by St. Augustine [One of the greatest works on the human condition and the life of grace]

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales [Very practical and helpful work on living the Christian life]

The Way of Perfection by St. Theresa of Avila [Challenging work on how to get to heaven]

The Assent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross [I believe this to be the greatest spiritual work ever composed]

The Dialogues by St. Catherine of Siena [The mystical conversations between God and St. Catherine]

After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre [Piercing synopsis of the problem with contemporary reasoning]

Dependent Rational Animals by Alasdair MacIntyre [Excellent work on morality]

Intention by G.E. Anscombe [One of the most important ethical works of the last century]

Person and Being by Norris Clarke, SJ [The central thesis of Thomistic Personalism]

The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn [Interpretation of the Book of Revelation as an expression of Catholic Liturgy]

Lord Have Mercy by Scott Hahn [Great book on Confession and God’s mercy]

A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn [Popular introduction to Covenant Theology]

Kinship and Covenant by Scott Hahn [The definitive work on Covenant Theology]

Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by John Paul II [God’s salvific plan for and through the human body]

The Hidden Manna: A Theology of the Eucharist by James T. O’Connor [One of the finest recent works on the Holy Eucharist]

The entire corpus written by C.S. Lewis [Because everything he wrote is worth reading]

The entire corpus written by G.K. Chesterton [Because he is Chesterton]