Building Blocks for a Catholic Home Library

compiled by Henry Stachyra

Resources for building a good Catholic library:
• Hardon, S.J., John. The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan
• Schall, S.J., James. Another Sort of Learning
• Schall, S.J., James. A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning

Start with the basics:
• Holy Bible (RSVCE, Haydock, Knox)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Code of Canon Law
Documents of Vatican II (published by Pauline Books & Media, with introductions to the documents by Doug Bushman

Build with titles from the first list:
• Pieper, Josef. Leisure, the Basis of Culture
• Hahn, Scott. The Lamb’s Supper
• St. Augustine. Confessions
• McInerny, Ralph. A Student’s Guide to Philosophy
• Kreeft, Peter. Catholic Christianity
• Thomas à Kempis. The Imitation of Christ
• John Paul II. Crossing the Threshold of Hope
• Chesterton, G.K. Orthodoxy
• Dubay, Thomas. Faith & Certitude: Can We Be Sure of theThings that Matter Most to Us?
• Howard, Thomas. On Being Catholic
• Hahn, Scott & Mitch, Curtis. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible
• John Paul II. Five volumes of Catechesis
• Lewis, C.S. The Four Loves
• St. Therese of Lisieux. Story of a Soul

Round out your library with selections from the second list:
• St. Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica
• Congar, Yves. Tradition & Traditions
• Newman, John Henry Cardinal. Essay on the Development of Doctrine
• Nichols, Aidan. The Shape of Catholic Theology: An Introduction to Its Sources, Principles, and History
• Cessario, OP, Romanus. Christian Faith and the Theological Life
• Leiva-Merikakis, Erasmo. Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel According to Matthew
• Ratzinger, Joseph Cardinal. The Spirit of the Liturgy
• St. Irenaeus. Against the Heresies (The Scandal of the Incarnation – Irenaeus ed. by von Balthasar)
• Marmion, OSB, Abbot. Christ, the Life of the Soul
• Belloc. The Path to Rome

This book list was compiled by Henry Stachyra of Loome’s Theological Booksellers, the largest secondhand dealer of theological and philosophical books in the world.

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