Catholic Study Bible


          Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul (John Beevers, translator)

Thoughts of St. Therese: The Little Flower of Jesus Carmelite of the Monastery of Lisieux, 1873-1897 by St. Therese of Lisieux

The Confessions by St. Augustine

The City of God by St. Augustine

Letters of St. Augustine of Hippo

Summa Theologica  by St. Thomas Aquinas

Interior Castle by St. Teresa de Avila

The Letters of St. Teresa de Avila

The Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

Dialogue by St. Catherine of Siena

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. An alternative version is located here.

Confessio by St. Patrick

Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius Loyola

The Exercise of Virtue by St. Francis de Sales

The Sermons of St. Francis de Sales on Prayer

St. Therese of Lisieux on Prayer

St. Therese of Lisieux on Suffering

The Holy Eucharist by St. Alphonsus Liguori

He Came to You So That You Might Come to Him by St. Anthony Padua

Books for the Catholic Apologist (list by Fr. Gary Coulter)


Get yourself to a Catholic bookstore such as St. Jude ( Even if you thought religion was a bore, you are bound to find titles that spark your interest, whether it’s in philosophy, Christian history, the apostles, the wild stories of the saints, canon law, insane miracles, the fall of the angels, heaven, hell, marriage, divorce, the appearances of Jesus after He rose, world religions, Schism, Reformation, Christian saints who have subsisted on no food or water, but only daily Eucharist…



The Great Catholic Trivia Challenge

Catholicism – Now I Get It!

Can I Confess by E-Mail?

Forty Catholics who Shaped the World in Which We Live





BOOKS CAN BE ORDERED ONLINE AT: (book list) (buy the Guide to the Passion)





Read the biographies of the great saints, starting with St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower), St. Bernadette, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Clare of Assisi, and St. Francis of Assisi. How about reading about the Philadelphia area saints: St. John Neumann, Mother Katharine Drexel (niece of Drexel University’s founder), etc.

Some Saint books are at and



1.            The Power of the Cross: Applying the Passion of Christ to Your Life by Michael Dubruiel

2.            The Words We Pray by Amy Welborn

3.            Praying the Rosary with the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries

4.            . The How-To Book of the Mass

5.            Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton J. Sheen

6.             Prove It! Prayer  

7.            7.     The Rosary Prayer by Prayer: How and why We Pray the Christ-Centered Rosary of the Blessed Mother (New)



ROMANCE NOVEL with Catholic characters

From the Ashes by Janet W. Butler




If you hang around a lot of people who challenge your faith, and you want to defend the Church kindly, lovingly, politely and prayerfully, you can start with the booklet: “Beginning Apologetics I: How to Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith” and some Catholic Answers tracts. You might read Karl Keating’s Catholicism and Fundamentalism. You might subscribe to an apologetics magazine such as “The Rock,” “Envoy” or “The Catholic Answe.r”.

Books for the Catholic Apologist (list by Fr. Gary Coulter)



There are also countless apologetics web sites:,,, and (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology)






Why not take a class at your local Catholic university?

Or a Bible study at your parish church?

With fewer of us attending Catholic colleges, we have got to educate ourselves continually on the truths of our faith. It is a lifelong responsibility.


If you live in the Philadelphia area, check out St. Charles of Borromeo Seminary ( in Wynnewood, which offers classes and a master’s degree program for lay people. People come from all over the East Coast come to learn at this prestigious institution, which also opens up its vast library to the public. (scroll down for course offerings)


Courses at the International Institute for Culture in Phila ( include:

*two-month Greek and Latin Institute each  summer to help Catholics connect with their roots, and to read original works of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine

*three-week seminar in Bavaria on the relationship between faith and culture

*six-week total immersion Spanish program in Mexico for seminarians


Stuck at home? Catholic Distance University (CDU) offers master’s degree programs in Catholic Studies that you complete from the comfort of your home. But beware . . . heavy reading is required! whole program is between $7,000 and $8,000. See


NON-CATHOLICS who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith can sign up for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) at any parish church. The course can also serve as preparation for Baptism (if the individual was not baptized) as well as Confession, the Eucharist and Confirmation.




Recent evening courses at the seminary included:


Introduction to the Old Testament

Introduction to Biblical Spirituality

Liturgical Celebration of the Sacraments

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Pillars II and IV

Issues of Social Justice in Catholic Teaching

Johannine Literature

African Saints and African-American Holy Men & Women

Greek and Latin Roots for Theological Studies

Leadership Training

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Pillars II and IV

For info, e-mail or call 610-785-6287


If you already know everything, teach a class at your parish on your pet subject. Organize a Bible study. Talk to your priest.



Below are some classic Catholic works.

The Confessions of St. Augustine

Enchiridion (On Faith, Hope and Charity) by St.Augustine

Uniformity of God’s Will  by St.Alphonsus Liguori

On Loving God by St.Bernard of Clairvaux

The Dialogue of the Seraphic Virgin by St. Catherine of Siena

Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton

The Spiritual Exercises  St. Ignatius of Loyola

Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross
Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
A Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ by St. John of the Cross

The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas


Finally, there is always the 232-page book, The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan (by John A. Hardon), which provides a lifetime plan for reading all the important Catholic writers through the history of the Church and up to today.


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