Catholic Resources & Catholic Books

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What I’m Currently Reading:

The Passion and the Cross by Ron Rolheiser (the latest from one of my favorite Catholic authors)

Books:

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Basics:

The New American Bible – This is the Catholic accepted Bible, which contains some additional books that are not included in the St. James version. This is the one you need to follow along with all things Catholic.

Catechism of the Catholic Church – This is the official book from the Catholic Church which explains their beliefs. A must-have for every soon-to-be Catholic and those going through RCIA.

Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly – This book was a huge turning point for me. It helped me make Catholicism relevant to me today. Wonderful book!

The Catholicism Answer Book: The 300 Most Frequently Asked Questions by Kenneth Brighenti Ph.D. Rev. – This answers any question you could ever think of about why Catholicism does what it does. It helped me understand all the details, traditions, ceremonies, etc. Note: I checked this one out for free as an ebook from our local library.

YouCat – A version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for youth written in an easy-to-understand question and answer format.

Waking up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic by Chad Torgerson

The Bible:

New Testament Basics for Catholics by John Bergsma (hands down, one of the best books I’ve ever read that explains Catholicism’s interpretation of the Bible). Read my Review of New Testament Basics for Catholics

Bible Basics for Catholics by John Bergsma (Gives a wonderful, very basic overview of the story of the Bible and salvation history; includes fun drawings to help you visualize the covenants and key events)

Catholic Teaching:

7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn

7 Secrets of the Eucharist by Vinny Flynn

The Good News About Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching by Christopher West

Jesus:

Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly

Mary:

True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Monfort

Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom by Marge Fenelon

Meet Your Mother by Mark Miravalle

Saints:

“The Story of a Soul” – St. Therese of Lisieux — A wonderful autobiography of a saint who refers to herself as “the little flower,” one of the least among God’s kingdom. I highly recommend reading it!’

Embracing Edith Stein: Wisdom for Women by Anne Costa

The Four Teresas by Gina Loehr

Rule of St. Benedict  – Written as a rule for monasteries, it today is a wonderful guide to joyful and purposeful living through moderation.

The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila

Misc Books:

God’s Bucket List by Teresa Tomeo

Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird – A great resource on how to accomplish Christian contemplation/meditation and the benefits. Wonderful read, very thought-provoking.

The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly – Four easy things you can do to improve your life as a Catholic and help encourage others engagement in the faith.

Slaying the Debt Dragon by Cheri Lowe (faith based financial strategies for getting out of debt from one of my fav bloggers)

Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions by Teresa Tomeo

Loved, Lost, Found: 17 Divine Mercy Conversions by Felix Carroll

Walking With Purpose: Seven Priorities that Make Life Work by Lisa Brenninkmeyer (great read for Catholic moms, free at DynamicCatholic.com)

Apps:

Laudate – I love this app and use it to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. It also has prayers, the readings of the day along with the Saint of the Day, the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church and the ENTIRE Bible! Oh, and it’s free!

MassTimes.org – Both an app and a website that helps you locate mass times at churches when traveling

Misc:

Pray More Novenas – Sign up for this enewsletter and participate with thousands praying the same novenas at the same time. This is a wonderful idea that I have really enjoyed.

Read the Catechism in a Year – This is also an email newsletter that daily emails you a portion of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to read so you’ll have read the entire thing in one year. Great idea!!

Magnifikid! – A monthly guide to the Mass for kids.

Catholicity.com – Free talks from prominent Catholics like Scott Hahn, Father Larry Richards and more, as well as downloads of the Rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet and free pamphlets.

Best Lent Ever from Dynamic Catholic (daily inspirational emails and videos during Lent)

Pius Media – A clever service similar to Netflix that allows you to rent/borrow Catholic movies. Great idea!

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