Staff Recommendations

Jennifer Fulweiler

One Beautiful Dream:  The Rollicking Tale of Family  Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both  

Rollicking is a very apt description of this hilarious but moving tale!  Former atheist-turned-Catholic Jennifer Fulwiler describes the struggle, humor, and heartbreak of her attempt to write her first book while bearing and raising six children.  You may recognize the author from her first book, Something Other Than God  (or her radio show, or her blog!)

Mother Mary Frances, P.C.C.

Cause of Our Joy:  Walking Day by Day with Our Lady

Mother Mary Francis was the abbess of a Poor Clare monastery in New Mexico for over 40 years.  This book is based on beautiful meditations and conferences she gave to her nuns.  She has an easy and engaging style that nonetheless conveys profound insights into the life and spirit of the Blessed Mother.  The book contains lovely meditations on various titles of Our Lady from the Litany of Loreto, meditations for the major feast days of Our Lady, and some of Mother Mary Francis's original poetry.

Rod Dreher

The Benedict Option:  A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

A must-read for our current social climate.  This book is certainly not just for Benedictines or those with an interest in St. Benedict; it is for all Christians who are struggling to live out their faith in a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christian values.

Robert Cardinal Sarah

The Power of Silence:  Against the Dictatorship of Noise

Exceptional exploration of the strength, beauty, and utter necessity of silence in our lives, particularly the interior silence that disposes us to hear the "still, small voice" of God.  Truly wonderful and very needed in this time.

Francis de Sales

An Introduction to the Devout Life  

A great spiritual classic.  St. Francis de Sales, gentle Doctor of the Church, is renowned for his wisdom in guiding souls on the path to holiness according to their particular state in life.  Although written in the 17th century, his directions for attaining and cultivating a life of true devotion to God are quite accessible and applicable to modern readers, be they bishops, wives & mothers, business professionals, or monks.

Fr. Thomas F. Daily, O.S.F.S.

Live Today Well

A great companion to the writings of St. Francis de Sales!  Borrowing largely from the saint's masterpiece, Introduction to the Devout Life--but also some of de Sales' other works--the author shows how the recommendations in this spiritual classic can easily be incorporated into the daily routines of modern life, from getting dressed in the morning, making coffee, the work or school commute, to sitting down to meals.  An invaluable resource for learning to live your day intentionally, offering all to God.

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