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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Apr 13 2020 2:51 PM

Okay, I don't want to explain how I got in the rabbit hole of Catholic reading lists especially those designed for laity but it made me realize that Verbum lacks the "popular" authors such as Frank Sheed, Karl Adams, Teilhard de Chardin ... So I want to bring these previous requests back to the forefront:

Rosie Perera:

This would be a good list of books to start chipping away at to get in Logos (a few of them are already in Logos, marked with asterisk):

List is from http://brandonvogt.com/best-catholic-books-of-all-time/ 

Theology and Basics of Catholicism

Adams, Karl – The Spirit of Catholicism
Bouyer, Louis – Spirit and Forms of Protestantism
*Catholic Church – Catechism of the Catholic Church 
Guardini, Romano – The End of the Modern World
Guardini, Romano – The Lord
*Hahn, Scott – Rome Sweet Home
Kreeft, Peter – Christianity for Modern Pagans 
*Newman, John Henry – Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine
*Newman, John Henry – Parochial and Plain Sermons
Ott, Ludwig – Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma
Pieper, Josef – The Four Cardinal Virtues
 

History and Culture

Belloc, Hilaire – The Great Heresies
Belloc, Hilaire – How The Reformation Happened
Belloc, Hilaire – Survivals and New Arrivals
Carroll, Warren – Christendom I: Founding of Christendom
Carroll, Warren – Christendom II: The Building of Christendom
Carroll, Warren – Christendom III: The Glory of Christendom
Carroll, Warren – Christendom IV: The Cleaving of Christendom
Crocker III, H.W. – Triumph
Dawson, Christopher – Christianity and European Culture 
Knox, Ronald – Enthusiasm
Leclercq, Jean – Love of Learning and the Desire for God
Walsh, William – Our Lady of Fatima
 

Holy Men and Women

Chesterton, G.K. – St. Francis of Assisi 
Chesterton, G.K. – St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox
Day, Dorothy – The Long Loneliness
John XXIII, Pope John – Journal of a Soul 
Merton, Thomas – The Seven Storey Mountain 
Muggeridge, Malcolm – Something Beautiful for God
*Newman, John Henry – Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Suarez, Federico – Mary of Nazareth
Trochu, F. – The Cure of Ars
Wegemer, Gerard – Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage
Weigel, George – Witness to Hope
 

Literary Classics

Alighieri, Dante – The Divine Comedy 
Benson, Robert Hugh - Lord of the World
Bernanos, George – The Diary of a Country Priest
de Cervantes, Miguel – Don Quixote 
Eliot, T.S. – Christianity and Culture
Endo, Shusaku – Silence
Hopkins, Gerard Manley – Poems and Prose
Newman, John Henry – The Idea of a University
O’Conner, Flannery – The Complete Stories 
Percy, Walker – Lost in the Cosmos
Percy, Walker – Love in the Ruins
Sienkiewicz, Henryk – Quo Vadis 
Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Lord of the Rings 
Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Bridal Wreath
Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter II : The Wife
Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross
Waugh, Evelyn – Brideshead Revisited
 

Spiritual Classics

*Aquinas, St. Thomas – My Way of Life/Summa Theologica 
*Augustine, St. – The City of God 
*Augustine, St. – Confessions
Catherine of Siena, St. – Little Talks with God (in prepub as The Dialogue)
Chesterton, G.K. – The Everlasting Man
*Chesterton, G.K. – Orthodoxy 
*John of the Cross, St. – Dark Night of the Soul
Lewis, C.S. – Mere Christianity
Lewis, C.S. – The Problem of Pain 
Lewis, C.S. – The Screwtape Letters
Oursler, Fulton – The Greatest Story Ever Told
Teresa, Bl. Mother – Meditations from a Simple Path
*Teresa of Avila, St. – Interior Castle
*Teresa of Avila, St. – The Way of Perfection
*Therese of Lisieux, St. – Story of a Soul
 

Spiritual Reading

*A’Kempis, Thomas – The Imitation of Christ 
Aumann, Jordan – Spiritual Theology
Baur, Benedict – Frequent Confession
Baur, Benedict – In Silence with God
Boylan, Eugene – Difficulties in Mental Prayer
Boylan, Eugene – This Tremendous Lover
Burke, Cormac – Covenanted Happiness
Chautard, Jean-Baptiste – The Soul of the Apostolate
*de Caussade, Jean-Pierre – Abandonment to Divine Providence
*de Montfort, Louis-Marie – True Devotion to Mary 
*de Sales, St. Francis – An Introduction to the Devout Life
*de Sales, St. Francis – Treatise on the Love of God
Escriva, Jose Maria – Christ is Passing By 
Escriva, Jose Maria – Friends of God
Escriva, Jose Maria – The Way, Furrow, The Forge
Escriva, Jose Maria – The Way of the Cross
Faber, Frederick – All for Jesus
Garrigou-Lagrange, Fr. Reginald – Three Ages of Interior Life 
*Liguori, Alphonso – The Great Means of Salvation and Perfection 
Liguori, Alphonso – Uniformity with God’s Will (in prepub as part of this volume of his works)
Louis of Grenada, Venerable – The Sinner’s Guide
Lovasik, Lawrence - The Hidden Power of Kindness 
Manzoni, Alessandro – The Betrothed 
Martinez, Luis – True Devotion to the Holy Spirit
More, St. Thomas – The Sadness of Christ
Perquin, Bonaventure – Abba Father 
Rohrbach, Peter – Conversation with Christ
*Scupoli, Lorenzo – Spiritual Combat
Sheed, Frank – Theology and Sanity
Sheed, Frank – Theology for Beginners
Sheed, Frank – To Know Christ Jesus
Sheen, Fulton – Life of Christ
Sheen, Fulton – Three to Get Married
Tanqueray, Adolphe – The Spiritual Life
*von Hildebrand, Dietrich – Transformation in Christ 
 

Miscellaneous

John Paul II, Bl. Pope – Crossing the Threshold of Hope
Masson, Georgina – The Companion Guide to Rome
Monti, James – The King’s Good Servant but God’s First
Rice, Charles – 50 Questions on the Natural Law
Sertillanges, A.G. – The Intellectual Life
Stein, Edith – Essays on Woman

Benjamin Baxter:

Really, daily liturgical readings should be more than a blip in of a sidebar. Antiphons, collects, readings, &c. should all appear in the main feed on the home page.

Sources: 

  • This Tremendous Lover
  • Humility of Heart
  • Knox translation of the Vulgate (I know I keep saying this, and it's for a reason.) 
  • Apologetics along these lines, especially Thomas More and Hilaire Belloc. 

Liturgical collection: Various works by

  • Lazlo Dobszay,
  • Adrian Fortescue,
  • Alcuin Reid,
  • Klaus Gamber, 
  • Annibale Bugnini,
  • Josef Jungmann,
  • Dom Gregory Dix,
  • Fr. Aidan Nichols,
  • Romano Guardini
  • Dom Prosper Guéranger
  • Also: The Banished Heart,
  • Why Catholics Can't Sing,
  • Spirit of the Liturgy (the original and not just the one by Ratzinger)
  • The Musical Shape of the Liturgy by Dr. William Mahrt

Benjamin Baxter:

Other essential Catholic authors for Verbum, most of them obvious: 

  • Frank Sheed, esp. Theology and Sanity
  • Fulton Sheen
  • Peter Kreeft
  • Frank Chacon's series of apologetics books
  • Louis Bouyer, esp. The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism
  • Fr. Robert Barron, esp. Catholicism
  • Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, esp. Predestination
  • Ed Feser, esp. Aquinas: A Beginner's Guide
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Dietrich von Hildebrand
  • &c. 

MJ. Smith:

Some recent authors I'd add to your list:

  • Hugo Rahner
  • Karl Rahner
  • Simon Tugwell
  • Timothy Radcliffe
  • Tielhard de Chardin
  • Josef Pieper
  • Karl Adams
  • George Mahoney (Catholic who converted to Orthodox)
  • Jaroslav Pelikan (Lutheran who converted to Orthodox)
  • Robert C. Bondi (non-Catholic)
  • Alexander Schmemann (Orthodox)
  • Leonardo Boff
  • Louis Bouyer (edit: I see this on your list - oops)
  • Dag Hammarskjöld (non-Catholic)
  • Timothy Ware (Orthodox)
  • John Meyendorff (Orthodox)
  • Evelyn Underhill (Anglo-Catholic)
  • Dom Aelred Graham
  • William Johnston
  • Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Abraham Joshua Heschel (Jewish)
  • Gordon W. Lathrop (Lutheran)

Sleiman:

Some of the following may have been suggested before; many haven't; some I can't believe Logos doesn't carry them yet!

  • Chesterton, G. K. Everlasting Man. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1993.
  • Kreeft, Peter. Socrates Meets Jesus. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1987.
  • Kreeft, Peter. The Unaborted Socrates. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1983.
  • von Hildebrand, Alice, and Peter Kreeft. Women and the Priesthood. Steubenville, Ohio: Franciscan University Press, 1994.
  • Lewis, C. S. Miracles. New York: Simon and Schuster Trade, 1996.
  • Butler, Scott, Norman Dahlgren, and David Hess, Jesus, Peter, and the Keys. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Queenship, 1996.
  • Drummey, James J. Catholic Replies. Norwood, Mass.: C. R. Publications, 1995.
  • Mirus, Jeffrey, ed. Reasons for Hope. Front Royal, Va.: Christendom Press, 1982.
  • Rumble, Leslie, and Charles M. Carty. Radio Replies. Rockford, Ill.: TAN, 1979.
  • Blomberg, Craig. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1987.
  • de Vaux, Roland. Ancient Israel: Its Life and Institutions. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W. B. Eerdmans; Livonia, Mich.: Dove Booksellers, 1997.
  • Fuentes, Antonio. A Guide to the Bible. Houston, Tex.: Lumen Christi Press, 1987.
  • Graham, Henry. Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church. San Diego, Calif.: Catholic Answers, 1997.
  • Most, William. Free from All Error. Libertyville, Ill.: Franciscan Marytown Press, 1985.
  • Shea, Mark P. By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition. Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 1996.
  • Strong, James ed. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Lake Wylie, S.C.: Christian Heritage Publishing, 1988.
  • Aquilina, Mike. The Fathers of the Church. Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 1999.
  • Staniforth, Maxwell, ed. Early Christian Writings. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin, 1968.
  • Neuner, J. and J. Dupuis. The Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church. London, England: HarperCollins Religious, 1992.
  • Bunson, Matthew. Encyclopedia of Catholic History. Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 1995.
  • Carroll, Warren H. A History of Christendom. Front Royal, Va.: Christendom Press, 1987.
    • Vol. I: The Founding of Christendom. to 324 a.d..
    • Vol. II: The Building of Christendom. 324–1100.
    • Vol. III: The Glory of Christendom. 1100–1517.
    • Vol. IV: The Cleaving of Christendom. 1517–1661.
  • Peters, Edward. Inquisition. New York: Free Press, 1988.
  • Wiltgen, Ralph M. Rhine Flows into the Tiber: A History of Vatican II. Rockford, Ill.: TAN, 1991.
  • Adam, Karl. The Spirit of Catholicism. Steubenville, Ohio: Franciscan University Press, 1996.
  • Sheed, Frank. Theology and Sanity. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1993.
  • Sheed, Frank. Theology for Beginners. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Servant, 1981.
  • Guardini, Romano. The Lord. Washington, D.C.: Regnery, 1996.
  • Sheed, Frank J. To Know Christ Jesus. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1997.
  • Sheen, Fulton J. Life of Christ. New York: Doubleday, 1977.
  • Sheen, Fulton J. The Seven Last Words of Christ. New York: Alba House, 1996.
  • Father Mateo. Refuting the Attack on Mary. San Diego, Calif.: Catholic Answers, 1999.
  • Groeschel, Benedict J. A Still Small Voice: A Practical Guide on Reported Revelations. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1993.
  • Newman, John Henry. Mary, the Second Eve. Rockford, Ill.: TAN, 1991.
  • Newman, John Henry.  Mystical Rose. Princeton, N.J.: Scepter, 1996.
  • Ball, Ann. A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals. Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 1991.
  • Halligan, Nicholas. The Sacraments and Their Celebration. New York: Alba House, 1986.
  • O’Connor, James T. The Hidden Manna: A Theology of the Eucharist. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1998.
  • Peters, Edward. 100 Answers to Your Questions about Annulments. Needham Heights, Mass.: Simon and Schuster, 1997.
  • Shea, Mark P. This Is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence. Front Royal, Va.: Christendom Press, 1993.
  • Clowes, Brian. Call to Action or Call to Apostasy?. Front Royal, Va.: Human Life International, 1997.
  • Hauke, Manfred. Women in the Priesthood. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988.
  • Steichen, Donna. Ungodly Rage: The Hidden Face of Catholic Feminism. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1991.
  • Likoudis, James, and Kenneth D. Whitehead. The Pope, the Council, and the Mass. W. Hanover, Mass.: Christopher Publishing House, 1981.
  • Howard, Thomas. Evangelical Is Not Enough. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1984.
  • Likoudis, James. Ending the Byzantine-Greek Schism. New Rochelle, N.Y.: Catholics United for the Faith, 1992.
  • Mead, Frank. Handbook of Denominations. New York: Abingdon Press, 1990.
  • Bennett, Isaiah. Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe. San Diego, Calif.: Catholic Answers, 1999.
  • Bennett, Isaiah. When Mormons Call: Answering Mormon Missionaries at Your Door. San Diego, Calif.: Catholic Answers, 1999.
  • Evert, Jason. Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses. San Diego, Calif.: Catholic Answers, 2001.
  • Pacwa, Mitch. Catholics and the New Age. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Servant, 1992.
  • Robillard, Edmond. Reincarnation: Illusion or Reality? New York: Alba House, 1982.
  • Harvey, John. The Truth about Homosexuality. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1996.
  • John Paul II, The Gospel of Life. New York: Times Books, 1995.
  • Smith, Janet, ed. Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1993.
  • Behe, Michael. Darwin’s Black Box. New York: Free Press, 1996.
  • Jaki, Stanley. Apes, Angels, and Men. Peru, Ill.: Sugden Sherwood and Company, 1983.
  • Jaki, Stanley. God and the Cosmologists. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Gateway Press, 1989.
  • Jaki, Stanley. The Savior of Science. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Gateway Press, 1988.
  • Jaki, Stanley. Universe and Creed. Milwaukee, Wisc.: Marquette University Press, 1992.
  • Ratzinger, Joseph. In the Beginning. Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 1990.
  • Chautard, Dom Jean-Baptiste. The Soul of the Apostolate. Garden City, N.Y.: Image Books, 1961.
  • Guardini, Romano. The Art of Praying. Manchester, N.H.: Sophia, 1994.
  • Sheen, Fulton J. Peace of Soul. Liguori, Mo.: Liguori Publications, 1996.
  • Catholic Almanac (Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 1998) (published annually).
  • Companion to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1994.
  • Hardon, John A. Pocket Catholic Dictionary. New York: Doubleday, 1985.[1]
  •  Keating, Karl. Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on “Romanism” by “Bible Christians.” San Francisco: Ignatius, 1988.
  • Keating, Karl. What Catholics Really Believe. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1995.
  • Madrid, Patrick. Any Friend of God’s Is a Friend of Mine. San Diego, Calif.: Basilica, 1996.
  • Madrid, Patrick, ed. Surprised by Truth. San Diego, Calif.: Basilica, 1995. (and sequels)
  • Ray, Stephen K. Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1997.
  • Currie, David B. Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic. San Francisco: Ignatius, 1996.

Rosie Perera:

I haven't read through your whole list carefully, but it looks great. I'd love to have more Romano Guardini works, any Romano Guardini (Logos doesn't have anything by him yet).

  • The Spirit of the Liturgy
  • The End of the Modern World
  • Letters from Lake Como: Explorations on Technology and the Human Race - a favorite of mine; I read/studied it for my master's thesis
  • Jesus Christus
  • Learning the Virtues That Lead You to God
  • The Inner Life of Jesus: Pattern of All Holiness
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • Eternal Life: What You Need to Know about Death, Judgement and the Everlasting

Nick Steffen:

I appreciate Brandon Vogt's list. http://brandonvogt.com/best-catholic-books-of-all-time/

His first section (Theology and the Basics of Catholicism) seems like a good place to start. I've crossed out the items already listed in Logos. Obtaining the others seems like a good place to start.

Adams, Karl - The Spirit of Catholicism
Bouyer, Louis - Spirit and Forms of Protestantism
Catholic Church - Catechism of the Catholic Church 
Guardini, Romano - The End of the Modern World
Guardini, Romano - The Lord
Hahn, Scott - Rome Sweet Home
Kreeft, Peter - Christianity for Modern Pagans 
Newman, John Henry - Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine
Newman, John Henry - Parochial and Plain Sermons
Ott, Ludwig - Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (Grrrr...This one just dropped out of Logos)
Pieper, Josef - The Four Cardinal Virtues

Antonius:

Here is a list of books that my pastor has read and recommends:
Note: I just copied this list from our parish web site, removing a few of the books that I know are already in Logos.So some books on this list may already be in Logos...

The books are grouped by the following subjects: The Church, How to read the Bible as a Catholic, The Eucharist, Marriage and Sexuality, Prayer, Human Dignity , The Mass, John Paul II, On becoming Catholic

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*** The Church

Declaration “Dominus Iesus:” On the Unicity and Salvifivic Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith).
New National Directory for Catechesis (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005).

For further reading:
David Currie. Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996).
Henri De Lubac. Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988).
James J. Drummey. Catholic Replies (Norwoood: C.R. Publications, 1995).
John Paul II. The Redeemer of Man (Redemptor Hominis), 1979.
John Paul II. The Mission of the Redeemer (Redemptoris Missio), 1990.
Kevin Orlin Johnson. Why Do Catholics Do That? A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church (New York: Ballantine Books, 1994).
Karl Keating. Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on ‘Romanism’ by Bible Christians (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988).
Peter Kreeft. Fundamentals of the Faith (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988).
Peter Kreeft. Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2001).
Steve Ray. Crossing the Tiber (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997).
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995).
George Weigel. The Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored (New York: Harper Collins, 2001).

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*** How to read the Bible as a Catholic
The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. Pontifical Biblical Commission. Vatican City.
The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible. Pontifical Biblical Commission. Vatican City.
The Bible and the Liturgy. Jean Danielou. Ann Arbor: Servant Books.
Daily Life in the Time of Jesus. Henri Daniel-Rops. Ann Arbor: Servant Books.
Jesus of Nazareth. Joseph Ratzinger. New York: Doubleday. See especially the Foreword.
To Know Christ Jesus. Frank Sheed. San Francisco: Ignatius Press.
The Mystery of God’s Word. Raniero Cantalamessa. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.
Praying the Bible: An Introduction to Lectio Divina. Mariano Magrassi. Collegeville: Liturgical Press.
Where We Got the Bible. Henry Graham. Rockford: Tan Books.

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*** The Eucharist 
Fr. Walter Burghardt homily No Love, No Eucharist.
Raniero Cantalamessa. The Eucharist: Our Sanctification (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1995).
Jeremy Driscoll. Theology at the Eucharistic Table: Master Themes in the Eucharistic Tradition (Leominster: Gracewing, 2003).
Michael Gaudoin-Parker. The Real Presence through the Ages (New York: Alba House, 1993).
Thomas Howard. Evangelical is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1984).
John Paul II. Apostolic Letter Dominicae Cenae (1980).
John Paul II. Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia (2003).
John Paul II. Apostolic Letter Mane Nobiscum Domine (2004).
Raymond Moloney. Our Splendid Eucharist: Reflections on Mass and Sacrament (Dublin: Veritas, 2003).
James O’Connor. The Hidden Manna: A Theology of the Eucharist (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988).
Cardinal John O'Connor homily on the Eucharist from Palm Sunday Mass in 1998.
Joseph Ratzinger. God is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Faith (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003).
Joseph Ratzinger. Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith: The Church as Communion (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005).
Joseph Ratzinger. The Spirit of the Liturgy (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000).
Mark Shea. This is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence (Front Royal: Christendom Press, 1993).
Abbot Vonier. A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist (Bethesda: Zaccheus Press, 2003).

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*** Marriage and Sexuality 

Writings of Pope John Paul II/Karol Wojtyla:
Letter to Families (Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1994).
Love and Responsibility (translated by H.T. Willetts, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1993).
The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (Familiaris Consortio), Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1981.
The Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan (Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1997).

Other authors:
Donald Asci. The Conjugal Act as a Personal Act (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2002).
Gerard Bradley. “The End of Marriage”, in Marriage and the Common Good, ed. Kenneth Whitehead, pp. 99-103 (South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2001).
Donald DeMarco. New Perspectives on Contraception (New Hope: St. Martin DePorres Lay Dominican Community, 1999).
Christopher Derrick. Sex and Sacredness (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1982).
John Finnis. “The Good of Marriage and the Morality of Sexual Relations” in The American Journal of Jurisprudence 42 (1997): 97-134.
Richard Hogan and John LeVoir. Covenant Love: Pope John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage, and Family in the Modern World (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1992).
Patrick Lee and Robert P George. “What Sex Can Be: Self-Alienation, Illusion, or One-Flesh Union” in The American Journal of Jurisprudence 42 (1997): 135-157.
William E. May. Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family is Built (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995).
Myron Magnet, ed. Modern Sex: Liberation and Its Discontents (Chicago: The Manhattan Institute, 2001).
Joseph Pieper. The Cardinal Virtues (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1966).
Walter J. Schu, LC. The Splendor of Love: John Paul II’s Vision for Marriage and Family (New Hope Publications, 2003)
Mary Shivanandan. Crossing the Threshold of Love: A New Vision of Marriage (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1999).
Janet E. Smith. Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1991).
Janet E. Smith, ed. Why Humanae Vitae was Right: A Reader (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1993).
Christopher West. Good News About Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching (Ann Arbor: Servant Publications, 2000).
George Weigel. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II (New York: Harper Collins, 1999), esp. 333-343.

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*** Prayer
Blaise Arminjon. The Cantata of Love (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988).
Hans Urs von Balthasar. Heart of the World (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1979).
Hans Urs von Balthasar. Prayer (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1986).
Raniero Cantalamessa. Life in the Lordship of Christ: A Spiritual Commentary on the Letter to the Romans (London: Sheed and Ward, 1990).
Pere Jean du Coeur de Jesus D'Elbee. I Believe in Love (Petersham: St. Bede’s Publications, 1994).
Thomas Dubay. Authenticity (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997).
Thomas Dubay. Fire Within (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1989).
Thomas Dubay. Pilgrims Pray (Staten Island: Alba House, 1974).
Louis Evely. In His Presence (New York: Herder and Herder, 1970).
Louis Evely. That Man is You (Westminster, Maryland: Newman Press, 1965).
Romano Guardini. The Lord (Washington: Gateway Editions, 1982).
Romano Guardini. Prayer in Practice (Garden City, New York: Image Books, 1963).
Dietrich von Hildebrand. Transformation in Christ (Baltimore: Helicon Press, 1960).
John Paul II. Prayers and Devotions: 365 Daily Meditations (ed. Bishop Peter Canisius Johannes van Lierde, New York: Penguin Books, 1998).
Manual of Prayers. (Second ed., Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 1998).
Mariano Magrassi. Praying the Bible: An Introduction to Lectio Divina (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1998).
Francis Martin. The Fire in the Cloud (Charis Books, 2002).
Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis. Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996).
Rawley Myers. The Saints Show Us Christ (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996).
John Henry Newman. Prayers, Verses, and Devotions (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1989).
M. Basil Pennington. Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures (New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1998).
Frank Sheed. To Know Christ Jesus (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1992).
Fulton Sheen. The Life of Christ (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958).
Adrienne von Speyr. The World of Prayer (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1985).
Adrienne von Speyr. With God and With Men: Prayers (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995).

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*** Human Dignity 

Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey. How Now Shall We Live? (Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1999).
Robert P. George. The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis (Wilmington: ISI Books, 2001).
Patrick Lee. Abortion and Unborn Human Life (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1996).
William E. May. Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life (Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor Books, 2000).

Church Sources:
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Gift of Human Life (Donum Vitae), 1987.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, 2002.
John Paul II. The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), 1995.

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*** The Mass

Of special note by Pope Benedict XVI:
Joseph Ratzinger. Feast of Faith: Approaches to a Theology of the Liturgy (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1986).
Joseph Ratzinger. God is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003).
Joseph Ratzinger. The Spirit of the Liturgy (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000).

Other works of interest:
James Akin. Mass Confusion: The Do’s and Don’ts of Catholic Worship (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 1998).
Jean Danielou, S.J. The Bible and the Liturgy (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1979).
Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. Theology at the Eucharistic Table: Master Themes in the Theological Tradition (Roma: Studia Anselmiana, 2003).
Peter Elliott. Liturgical Question Box: Answers to Common Questions about the Modern Liturgy (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997).
John Paul II. Dominicae Cenae (1980).
John Paul II. Ecclesia de Eucharistia (2003).
John Paul II. Mane Nobiscum Domine (2004).
Joseph Jungmann, S.J. The Mass of the Roman Rite: Its Origins and Development (2 vols., Kill Lane: Four Courts Press, 1986).
Raymond Moloney, S.J. Our Splendid Eucharist: Reflections on Mass and Sacrament (Dublin: Veritas, 2003).
James Monti. The Week of Salvation: History and Traditions of Holy Week (Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 1993).

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***  John Paul II Written by Pope John Paul II:
Letter to Artists (1999).
Letter to Families (1994).
Letter to Women (1995).
On the Relationship between Faith and Reason (Fides et Ratio), 1998.
The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (Familiaris Consortio), 1981.

About Pope John Paul II:
George Weigel. Witness to Hope (New York: Harper Collins, 1999).

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*** On becoming Catholic

David Currie. Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996).
The Essential Catholic Handbook: A Summary of Beliefs, Practices, and Prayers (Liguori: Liguori Publications, 2004).
Fr. Henry Graham. Where We Got the Bible (Tan Books & Publishers, 2004).
Thomas Howard. On Being Catholic (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997).
Kevin Orlin Johnson. Why Do Catholics Do That? A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church (New York: Ballantine Books, 1994).
Karl Keating. Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on ‘Romanism’ by Bible Christians (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1988).
Al Kresta. Why Do Catholics Genuflect? (Charis Books, 2001).
C.S. Lewis. Mere Christianity (San Francisco: Harper, 2001).
Steve Ray. Crossing the Tiber (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997).
George Weigel. Letters to a Young Catholic (Cambridge: Perseus Books Group, 2005).

Yes, some of these have made it into Verbum for which I thank you. Yes, some of these recommendations are from non-Catholics who purchase Verbum books. But I think these consistently show an interest in popular Catholic works that is not well reflected in the current catalogue.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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