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The Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church would like to suggest the following books.
Rev. Msgr. Stephen M. Di Giovanni’s
Author: Thomas à Kempis
Preface by Sally Cunneen
Edited and Translated by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.
Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius Loyola to Thomas Merton and Pope John Paul I. Written by the Augustinian monk Thomas à Kempis between 1420 and 1427, it contains clear instructions for renouncing worldly vanities and locating eternal truths. No book has more explicitly and movingly described the Christian ideal: “My son, to the degree that you can leave yourself behind, to that degree will you be able to enter into Me.”
Special Note: This is a Vintage Spiritual Classic
Story of a Soul – The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux
Author: John Clarke, O.C.D.
Two and a half years before her death in 1897 at the age of 24, as Therese Martin began writing down her childhood memories at the request of her blood sisters in the Lisieux Carmel, few could have guessed the eventual outcome. Yet this “story of my soul,” first published in 1898 in a highly edited version, quickly became a modern spiritual classic, read by missions and translated into scores of languages around the world.
Decades later, in response to growing requests from scholars and devotees of the Saint, a facsimile edition of the manuscripts appeared, along with more popular French editions of what the Saint had actually written. Here, Expressed with all of Therese’s original spontaneity and fervor, we rediscover the great themes of her spirituality: confidence and love, the “little way,” abandonment to God’s merciful love, and her “mission” in the church and world today.
Father John Clarke’s acclaimed translation, first published in 1975 and now accepted as the standard throughout the English-speaking world, is a faithful and unaffected rendering of Therese’s own words, from the original manuscripts. This new edition, prepared for the centenary of the Saint’s death, includes a select bibliography of recent works in English on Therese, along with a new referencing system now widely used in studies of her doctrine.
Author: Father Jean C. J. d’Elbee
The key to happiness from one who found it in joyful abundance: St. Therese of Lisieux.
This spiritual classis has long been beloved by Catholics for its wondrous distillation of the teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux into a reader-friendly set of meditations. It’s perfect as a personal retreat when you have only a few moments to spare each day – and for spiritual reading anytime and anywhere.
Fr. Jean C. J. d’elbee, a French priest deeply imbued with St. Therese’s spirit, brings you St. Therese’s teachings on God’s love and the confidence in Him that it should inspire in your soul: humility, peace, and fraternal charity; the apostolate; the Cross; and what it means truly to abandon yourself to Divine Providence.
I Believe in Love has helped countless souls embark on the way to the Father. It will help you focus on Him throughout each day, rest in Him amid your troubles, and live joyfully with Him at every moment!
Author: James J. Drummey
Have you ever been asked a tough question about religion and didn’t have a good answer ready? You knew there probably was a good answer, but you didn’t know what it was. Well, here are the answers you have been looking for to some of the most difficult religious and moral questions of the day. Not only are these replies clear and concise, but they contain hundreds of quotations from the Bible, authoritative Church documents, and many other reliable and persuasive sources.
Author: St. Louis De Montfort
Translated by Fr. Frederick Faber