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More gift ideas December 10, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, General Catholic.
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I made a recommendation for a Christmas gift in the form of a book last week, and that recommendation seemed well received, so I’m going to recommend a few more books that I think have some merit and may not be too well known:

Therese and Lisieux by Pierre Descouvemont  Unfortunately, Amazon does not have a picture of this book, but this is THE definitive book on the life of St. Therese.  While the text may not be quite as detailed as other biographies of St. Therese, there is no other source that has anywhere near the number of photographs.  It is literally a recreation of her life, and is a beautifully laid out book.  The book has many excerpts from her notebooks, photographs of the pages, which are great, but unless you read French, you have to rely on the summations in the associated captions.  This is  a fantastic book.  If you have an interest in St. Therese, you should try to get this book.

Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene OCD.  This is a book of deep Carmelite spirituality, all about giving oneself totally over to God’s Will, dying to self and living only to know, love, and serve God.  Tons of practical commentary from the Saints with an accompanying theme writtten by Fr. Gabriel, divided into daily readings.  This is amazing spirituality, great stuff.  It is very challenging, not to read, but to put into practice. 

Vera Sapientia, or True Wisdom, by Thomas a Kempis.  This book is a fantastic companion to The Imitation of Christ.  It goes deeper into some subjects, and is more focused on dying to self and living in, for, and through Christ.  It goes along well with Divine Intimacy, but is a bit different spirituality – less Carmelite, perhaps more Augustinian, more cerebral?  It’s very interesting to a novice like me.  I really love it. 

The Dialogue, St. Catherine of Siena.  Another brilliant work.  St. Catherine possesses such an intimate relationship with God, it even seems to put some of the great Carmelites  like St. Therese and St. Teresa of Jesus a bit in the shade.  A different spirituality, though, very cognizant of sin and the numerous potentials for getting off the track God intends for us.  She is also a great source for contemplating and understanding suffering.  I love St. Catherine.  Another good accompaniment to this is, of course, the great work of St. Teresa of Jesus, The Interior Castle

The Gospel of John. I think this is one of the best “Bible” movies ever made.  A literal reading of the Gospel of John, word for word, with excellent actors and very good set design, etc.  The translation used is not Douay Reims, I think it’s a melange of fairly modern protestant translations, but it’s still a great movie.  Henry Ian Cusick does a great job performing Jesus.  You can also see this entire movie on YouTube.

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