As Catholics we have some of the richest of literature, the beautiful expression of written words to express the fullness of our faith, the truths that Christ came to proclaim, and the timeless prayers of our Church Fathers.
There is an endless amount of books and literature that we can read, but where should we start? There are so many authors, ideas, and agendas, so where should one start in 2021 with good, solid, and truthful Catholic literature? I would like to share five books that I have read recently, that will give one spiritual nourishment and the Truth of Christ’s Church to any reader.
First, Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
His Holiness, Pope Francis has declared December 8, 2020 through December 8, 2021 the Year of Saint Joseph. There has never been such a devotional and informational book as Fr. Calloway’s Consecration to St. Joseph, not only will this book begin and foster devotion to the Patron of the Universal Church but will also educate the reader in the grandeur of the humble and quite life of Joseph. It is so important to consecrate oneself to St. Joseph during this troubling time in the world and in the Church. When authentic fatherhood and manhood is being challenged, more than ever, we should turn to the Terror of Demons, St. Joseph. The book can be purchased here.
Second, The Catholic Gentleman by Sam Guzman
Today’s culture tells men to not live up to the manhood that God has bestowed upon him. Men are no longer gentlemen, but products of the secular culture. Men, especially Catholic men, need to put away the things of the world and man up. Sam Guzman briefly explains thirty-two ways that a man can grow in his faith, in his family, and in his relationships. Men need to be challenged and corrected in this wayward world; this book will set men on the right path. This book is suitable for men of all ages, young and old. The book can be purchased here.
Third, Prison Journal: Volume 1, The Cardinal Makes His Appeal by George Cardinal Pell
In the early months of 2019, Cardinal George Pell began his prison sentence of six years for sexual assault offenses. Cardinal Pell continued to pursue his actual evidence. Much of the lay faithful of the Church also believed that Pell was innocent. In the summer of 2020, the Australian High Court quashed the former verdict and voted in favor of Pell’s innocence and he was released from prison shortly thereafter. While in prison, Pell kept a journal which will be published by Ignatius Press in three volumes. This first volume, The Cardinal Makes His Appeal, is a window into the soul of a holy prelate who had been serving time in prison for something he did not do. For those who seem to struggle with their cross and suffering, read this! Souls will learn from the writings of Cardinal Pell how to approach those who hate us, those who seek to burden us, and how to handle the world when everyone seems to be against you. May we continue to pray for Cardinal Pell and thank God for justice truly being served in the Australian High Court. The book can be purchased here.
Fourth, A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward by Ralph Martin
Wow! Dr. Ralph Martin has a way of writing that is clear, concise, and understandable. Dr. Martin speaks to the current crisis’ in the Church, specifically that of clergy sex abuse and the silence from the Holy See and the one who occupies the Chair of Peter. Not only does Dr. Martin clearly discuss the crisis but also introduces ways that going forward the Church and Her faithful should put in action. No matter what you think about the current climate of the Church, I would urge you to pick up Dr. Martin’s new book and read it with an open mind. The book can be purchased here.
Fifth, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah
What would be a “books to read” list without a book from Cardinal Sarah? There is so much noise in the world, you can read about this noise, here. Cardinal Sarah along with Nicholas Diat have shared the wisdom of a holy prelate of the Church and his experience with entering into silence The power of silence is so strong in every aspect of our lives when we learn how to introduce and remain in a silence that defeats the dictatorship of noise that the culture seeks to infiltrate the soul with. The book can be purchased here.