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 2020 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, Christus Vincit by Bishop Athanasius Schneider:
Bishop Athanasius Schneider sits down with Diane Montagna in several interviews from 2018 and 2019. Bishop Schneider shares his childhood and his growing up in Kyrgyzstan. Bishop Schneider and his family encountered persecution and were unable to publicly proclaim their Catholic faith. Bishop Schneider’s parents were heavily involved with the Underground Catholic Church, in which they secretly house Catholic priests, and brought them to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Bishop Schneider also discusses several of the issues facing the world and Church today. Bishop Schneider in length discusses Vatican II documents, the Society of Saint Pius X, the Third Secret of Fatima, the traditional Roman Rite, and the Amazon Synod, to name a few of the topics. This book is a beautiful culmination of the life of a living martyr for the faith, as well as a refreshed view of authentic Catholicism. Christus Vincit has the endorsement from many, including Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Dr. Scott Hahn, and Fr. Gerald Murray. May we all pray for Bishop Athanasius Schneider, and all the leaders of the Church.
Second, The Day Is Now Far Spent by Robert Cardinal Sarah:
This is another wonderful work by Cardinal Sarah. This book is written very similarly to the above Christus Vincit, that is, of question and answer. Cardinal Sarah discusses his previous work on silence, and discusses how the time to speak is now. Cardinal Sarah endorses this book as his most important book yet. Within the deep discussion between Cardinal Sarah and Nicolas Diat, Cardinal Sarah “speaks at length on the spiritual, moral, and political collapse of the Western world.” Cardinal Sarah inspires readers to return to Christ and renew their devotion to virtue. The Day Is Now Far Spent is endorsed by Bishop Charles Chaput, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, and Raymond Arroyo, to name a few.
Third, Symbol or Substance? by Dr. Peter Kreeft:
For a moment, let us get away from the important books of the climate of the Church and focus on one of the greatest mysteries of our faith, Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist. You may recall this past Fall of 2019 when the Pew Research Center released a poll claiming that 70% of Catholics do not believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. Wow! What a scary and confusing statistic. Symbol or Substance? goes deep into the intelligent and imaginative mind of Dr. Peter Kreeft. In a fictional conversation between C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and J.R.R. Tolkein, the group discusses the difference in belief in whether or not Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. Each man represents the three largest Christian denominations in the Western world. Although this conversation is completely fictional, it is very timely and appropriate. This book isn’t only for Catholics, but for Anglicans and Evangelicals alike. We must share our belief with all! Jesus gave us His Body and Blood in the Eucharist, as described in the Holy Gospels.
Fourth, Declaration of the Truths Relating to Some of the Most Common Errors in the Life of the Church of Our Time by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Janis Cardinal Pujats, Archbishop Thomas Peta, Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider:
Published in May of 2019 five ranking Catholic leaders coauthor a letter to Catholics and Christians on the truths of the Catholic Church. In recent times the Church has suffered a decay of the Truths of Christ. These Bishops promote the Truths of the Catholic Church, the Truths that have been given by Christ and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Many today are looking for truth, but cannot seem to find it, the Eternal and Everlasting Truth is the Catholic Church. In this joint letter the Bishops discuss the Fundamentals of Faith, the Creed, the Law of God, and the Sacraments. This important document is 19 pages, but a powerful 19 pages. The Declaration of Truths should be in the hands and homes of every Catholic.
Fifth, Douay-Rheims Bible
Every Catholic needs a good reliable copy of the Sacred Scriptures as contained in the Biblia/Bible, simply The Book. The Douay-Rheims translation is the earliest translation of the Sacred Scriptures from the Latin Vulgate into English, which was promulgated by the Catholic Church in the 1500’s. Although this translation at times can be difficult to understand, it is the closest to the Latin Vulgate as translated by Saint Jerome in 382 AD. Every Catholic home needs at least one copy of the Sacred Scriptures, why not make it the most traditional and rich translation of them all.
There are so many good books and pieces of literature out there, this is less than 1% of the numerous number of books that can truly help inspire the soul. No matter if it is one of the books above, another book, or perhaps a book yet to even be released, may you make 2020 a year to dive deeply into Spiritual Reading, Faith Formation, and into the richness of Sacred Scripture. I have included below direct links to purchase each book.
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Seth is a convert to the Church and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.