Classic Catholic Books


This is a (continuously revised and expanded) lifetime reading list of classics of Catholic literature from the early Church Fathers to the 20th century (of course apart from the Holy Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church):

  • Dante Alighieri "The Divine Comedy"
  • Anonymous "Didache"
  • Thomas Aquinas "Summa Theologica"
  • Thomas Aquinas "Summa Contra Gentiles"
  • Athanasius "Incarnation of the Word of God"
  • St. Augustine of Hippo "City of God"
  • St. Augustine of Hippo "The Confessions"
  • St. Teresa of Avila "The Interior Castle"
  • St. Teresa of Avila "The Way of Perfection"
  • Benedict Baur "Frequent Confession"
  • Hillaire Belloc "The Great Heresies"
  • Pope Benedict XVI "Jesus of Nazareth"
  • Alban Butler "Lives of the Saints"
  • Miguel de Cervantes "Don Quixote"
  • G.K. Chesterton "The Everlasting Man"
  • G.K. Chesterton "Orthodoxy"
  • St. John of the Cross "Dark Night of the Soul"
  • Dorothy Day "The Long Loneliness"
  • T.S. Eliot "Christianity and Culture"
  • Jose Maria Escriva "The Way of the Cross"
  • Eusebius "The History of the Church"
  • Etienne Gilson "The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy"
  • Irenaeus of Lyons "Against Heresies"
  • Pope John Paul II "Crossing the Threshold of Hope"
  • St. Thomas à Kempis "The Imitation of Christ"
  • St. Maria Faustina Kowalska "Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska"
  • St. Alphonso de Ligouri "The Way of Salvation and of Perfection"
  • St. Alphonso de Ligouri "Uniformity with God's Will"
  • St. Therese de Lisieux "The Story of a Soul"
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola "The Spiritual Excercises"
  • Henri de Lubac "Medieval Exegesis: The Four Senses of Scripture"
  • Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen "Divine Intimacy"
  • Thomas Merton "The Seven Storey Mountain"
  • St. Louis-Marie de Montfort "The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary" or the shorter "The Secret of Mary"
  • St. Thomas More "The Sadness of Christ"
  • John Henry Cardinal Newman "Apologia Pro Vita Sua"
  • John Henry Cardinal Newman "Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine"
  • John Henry Cardinal Newman "The Idea of a University"
  • Ludwig Ott "Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma"
  • Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger "Introduction to Christianity"
  • Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger "The Spirit of the Liturgy"
  • St. Francis de Sales "Introduction to the Devout Life"
  • Dom Lorenzo Scupoli "The Spiritual Combat"
  • Bishop Fulton Sheen "Life of Christ"
  • Bishop Fulton Sheen "The Mystical Body of Christ"
  • Bishop Fulton Sheen "Three to Get Married"
  • St. Catherine of Siena "Dialogues" or "Little Talks with God"
  • Henry Sienkiewicz "Quo Vadis"
  • Bl. Mother Teresa "Meditations from a Simple Path"
  • J.R.R. Tolkien "The Lord of the Rings"
  • Louis de Wohl "Citadel of God"

Also a good read are the books by C.S. Lewis, such as "Mere Christianity", "The Great Divide" , and "The Problem of Pain".