books i’m reading now…
- Phillipe, Jacques. The Way of Trust and Love: A Retreat Guided by St. Therese of Lisieux
- Vann, Gerald. Heart of Compassion: The Vocation of Woman Today.
- Maritain, Jacques. Existence and the Existent: An Essay on Christian Existentialism.
- Merton, Thomas. Seven Storey Mountain.
books i’ve read and recommend
- Tugwell, Simon. Prayer in Practice
Part II of Tugwell’s work on prayer, this work presents a practical application of how to live a life of prayer in the scene set by Part I, Prayer: Living with God.
- Kreeft, Peter. Three Philosophies of Life: Ecclesiastes, Life as Vanity; Job, Life as Suffering; Song of Songs, Life as Love.
A presentation of these Wisdom texts that engages with modern thought, utilising classical logic to butress his analysis; the treatment of Ecclesiastes as a type of ancient existentialism is particularly noteworthy.
- Arminjon, Blaise. Cantata of Love
A verse-by-verse commentary that draws together ideas from Patristic sources and ideas from more contemporary sources and presents an analysis of the text that is entirely unique and beautiful.
- Kreeft, Peter. Back to Virtue
A worthwhile analysis of society’s rejection of the notion of virtue. Somewhat overly colloquial in presentation – nevertheless a potentially helpful starting point for someone with a good grasp of pop culture who buys into said rejection of the importance of virtue.
- Dubay, Thomas. Fire Within.
A detailed comparitive treatment of the writings of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross on contemplative prayer in accessible language. Powerful, thought provoking, although repeatitive in places.
- Tugwell, Simon. Prayer: Living with God
Explores aspects of everyday life that can be restructured to better facilitate a life of prayer, such as the building of Catholic Memory and the allocation of time and space for God. One chapter in particular struck me – a treatment of Jacob’s Old Testament wrestling match as a lesson in working through things with God.
- Bro, Bernard.Therese of Lisieux: Her Family, Her God, Her Message
A fantastic look at Therese that employs a more personal tone than the average biography. Fr Bro examines the psychological and emotional impact of some of the events of her early life with the perspective of some shared experiences from his own childhood.