What are we to read? In my post Mud to Mysticism I mentioned maturing in the spiritual life. I would like to provide a suggested reading list of books that have helped me overcome certain obstacles to prayer and conversion. My students often ask me what I read during my time in the monastery. I would like to suggest five books from the vast intellectual tradition of our Catholic faith that are a good starting point. For each book that I have listed below, I have provided a hyperlink to either a free PDF or a link to where you may purchase the text.
1. Introduction to the Devout Life- St. Francis de Sales
2. The Abiding Presence of the Holy Ghost in the Soul- Fr. Bede Jarrett, O.P.