Holy Lives Reading List
Pope John Paul II:
Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination (Image, 1999, ISBN 0385493711, $10) In this work, the late Pope tells how he discerned his priestly call.
Witness to Hope (Harper, 2005, ISBN 0060732032, $25), The End and the Beginning – Pope John Paul II: The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday, 2010, ISBN 038552479X, $32.50) George Weigel was given unprecedented access to the Holy Father to complete this book, the definitive biography of the great Pope John Paul II. The second title delves into recently de-classified documents to give a larger picture of Pope John Paul’s struggle to conquer Communism through culture.
A Man for All Seasons (Vintage, 1990, ISBN 0679728228, $9.50, on DVD here). This is the award-winning play that tells the courageous story of St. Thomas More, a wealthy and powerful politician who literally sacrificed everything rather than abandon his Faith.
Douglas Brinkly & Julie Fenster:
Parish Priest: Father Michael McGivney and American Catholicism (William Morrow, 2006, ISBN 0060776846, $25). Brinkly and Fenster present the inspiring story of Fr. Michael McGivney, a humble parish priest who founded the Knights of Columbus, and in doing so helped to transform Catholicism in America.
Fr. Walter J. Ciszek S.J.:
With God in Russia (Ignatius, 1997, ISBN 0898705746, $17). Fr. Ciszek describes his 23 years spent in a Siberian prison camp, falsely accused as an “American Spy.” He performed the sacraments undercover, in constant danger of death.
He Leadeth Me (Ignatius, 1995, ISBN 0898705460, $15) He Leadeth Me is the follow up spiritual journey told as a sequel to With God in Russia.
Forget Not Love: The Passion of Maximilian Kolbe (Ignatius, 1991, ISBN 0898702755, $15). Powerful biography of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Auschwitz martyr.
America’s Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen (Encounter Books, 2001, ISBN 1893554252, $26) The powerful influence of Bishop Sheen upon American culture is described.
The Cure D’Ars Today: St. John Vianney (Ignatius, 1988, ISBN 0898701805, $12). An inspiring biography of the great St. John Vianney, Patron of Confessors and Parish Priests.
Confessions (Doubleday, 1960, ISBN 0385029551, $11). St. Augustine bluntly presents his slow transformation during adolescence/young adulthood from a life of self-indulgence to one of holiness. One of the best selling and most influential books of all time.
St. Teresa of Avila:
St. Therese of Liseux:
Story of a Soul (ICS Pub., 1999, ISBN 0935216588, $13). Called “the most important saint of the 20th century”, her autobiography reveals her “Little Way” by which a person can move closer to God.
Papal/Vatican Writings on Priestly Topics
1. Pope Leo XIII “Aeterni Patris”
(On the Restoration of Christian Philosophy, 1879)
2. Pope Leo XIII “DePuis Le Jour”
(On the Education of the Clergy, 1899)
3. Pope St. Pius X “Haerent Animo”
(To the Catholic Clergy on Priestly Sanctity, 1908)
4. Pope Pius XI “Ad Catholici Sacerdotii”
(On the Catholic Priesthood, 1935)
5. Pope Pius XII “Sacramentum Ordinis”
(On the Sacrament of Order, 1947)
6. Pope Pius XII “Menti Nostrae”
(On the Development of Holiness in Priestly Life, 1950)
7. Pope John XXIII “Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia”
(On St. John Vianney, 1959)
8. Pope John XXIII “Religiosorum Institutio”
(Instruction on the Careful Selection and Training of Candidates, 1961)
9. Vatican II “Sacrosanctum Concilium”
(On the Sacred Liturgy, 1963)
10. Vatican II “Lumen Gentium”
(On The Church, 1964…especially section III)
11. Vatican II “Dei Verbum”
(On Divine Revelation, 1965)
12. Vatican II “Gaudium Et Spes”
(On the Church in the Modern World, 1965)
13. Vatican II “Optatam Totius”
(On Priestly Training, 1965)
14. Vatican II “Presbyterorum Ordinis”
(On the Ministry and Life of Priests, 1965)
15. Pope Paul VI “Mysterium Fidei”
(On the Holy Eucharist, 1965)
16. Pope Paul VI “Sacerdotalis Caelibatus”
(On the Celibacy of the Priest, 1967)
17. Pope Paul VI “Inter Insigniores”
(On the Question of Admission of Women to the Ministerial Priesthood, 1976)
18. Pope John Paul II
“Yearly Letters to Priests on Holy Thursday (1979-2005)”
19. Pope John Paul II “Reconciliatio et Paenitentia”
(On Reconciliation and Penance, 1984)
20. Pope John Paul II “Pastores Dabo Vobis”
(On the Formation of Priests, 1992)
21. Pope John Paul II “Ordinatio Sacerdotalis”
(On the Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone, 1994)
22. Pope John Paul II “Misericordia Dei”
(On Certain aspects of the Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance, 2002)
23. Pope John Paul II “Eucharistica de Ecclesia”
(On the Eucharist and its relationship to the Church, 2003)
24. Pope Benedict XVI “Deus caritas est”
(On Christian Love, 2005)
25. Pope Benedict XVI
(Instruction on Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of Admission to Holy Orders, 2005)