Classic Catholic Writings for the Laity

Saint Jerome - by BAROCCI, Federico Fiori - from Galleria Borghese, Rome.

In this Painting, Saint Jerome (Doctor-of the Latin Church, and Father-of Biblical Science ) is depicted Translating/Writing the Latin-Vulgate Catholic Bible, in the Holy Solitude-of the Stable/Grotto-of-Bethlehem. He is Beating his Chest in-Penitential Prayer, in-front of a Crucifix, in Contemplation-with Jesus Christ the Supernatural Source of all Knowledge, Grace and Love. The Candlelight is a Symbolic Visualization-of the "Lux Intellecti", a Metaphor-for Divine Grace, discussed by Saint Augustine. Recent Restoration has revealed a Lion, Lurking-in the Background. The Lion is Symbolic-of Satan, who Unsuccessfully Attempts to-cause Saint Jerome to-Err, in his Writings.


When we Pray, we speak-to God;
but when we Read, God speaks-to us.

In Prayer, God hears our Petitions,
but in Reading, we listen-to His Voice.

Spiritual Reading and Prayer are the Arms by which
Hell is Conquered, and Paradise Won.


Classic Catholic Writings for the Laity

from various sources

"All my sermons are prepared in the presence of the Blessedmonstsm_sm.gif (15447 bytes) Sacrament. As recreation is the most pleasant and profitable in the sun, so homiletic creativity is best nourished before the Eucharist. The most brilliant ideas come from meeting God face-to-face.

The Holy Spirit that presided at the Incarnation is the best atmosphere for illumination. Pope John Paul II keeps a small desk or writing pad near him whenever he is in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament; and I have done this all my life - I am sure for the same reason he does, because a lover always works better when the Beloved is with him."

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


The Imitation of Christ - by Thomas Kempis 

(The second most-published book in print)

Introduction to the Devout Life - by Saint Francis de Sales

The Ladder of Divine Ascent - by Saint John Climacus

Lumen Gentium - the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church

                  (Easy Reading!)

Visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament and to the BVM -
          by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Mistici Corporis Christi - On the  Mystical Body of Christ -
         by Pope Pius XII

Salvifici Doloris, the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering - Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II

On Loving God - by Saint Bernard

The Little Book of Eternal Wisdom -
          by Blessed Henry Suso, Dominican Mystic

The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage -
          by Blessed John Ruysbroeck

The Spiritual Combat - by Father Dom Lorenzo Scupoli  

(Still in publication since 1589, the favorite spiritual guide of Saint Francis de Sales)

The Glories of Mary - by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

The Four Last Things - "

Natural Calamities and Divine Threats - "

The Love and Charity of God - "

The Great Means of Salvation and of Perfection - "