I have made a commitment over the past several years to read books. I read all types of books and often people recommend books for me to read. I have grown to really love reading and learning from what I read. Here are 3 books that I believe have the ability to make you stronger in your Catholic faith by helping keep your heart open.
The Soul of The Apostolate
By: Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard
A favorite book of Pope St. Pius X. He kept it on his bedside table to read each night. It says that prayer is the soul of every apostolic work; without it there is no success. Explores all the proved methods of developing and maintaining the interior life amid the bustle of daily activity. I love the leadership undertone of this book and it’s emphasis on the Eucharistic life and Marian Devotion. I have read this book 3 times in the last year. I like to read it in small doses and take time and pray with what each section is telling me. I highly recommend this book if you feel like your prayer life and faith journey are on auto pilot and you need something to motivate you to go deeper.
Community and Growth
by Jean Vanier
This book helps you to rethink how you view and live in community with others. I have read this book several times and with each read it reveals another aspect of growth for me regarding community. It has made me a better leader, husband and father. Jean Vanier catches a glimpse of what could be when we die to self and live in true communion with Christ and each other. Humility and grace flow from each page. Vanier’s servant leadership in the l’Arche communities is a wonderful living witness to the world of what Christian love looks like fleshed out.
Searching for and Maintaining Peace
By Father Jaques Philippe
A friend recommended this book to me a couple of years ago and it helped me find an interior peace I had not known. For who in this hectic crazy world would not like a simple tool to help them find peace and to keep it once they have found it? This book will help you do just that. It is a short book – 110 pages, but is power packed with quote after quote of wisdom. Father Jaques Philippe has 4 books that have been translated into english. I recommend all 4 of them. This book is a must for anyone who really wants to grow deeper in their walk with God and in living in the peace that Jesus Christ promised to his followers.