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Jul 25, 2006, 11:10pm Top

I like that our only shared books are Love in the Asylum and the Catechism of the Catholic Church!

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Jul 26, 2006, 5:19am Top

LOL!! I was surprised and HONORED when you joined this Group. I can't even imagine how busy you are with this project. IMO this LT is AT LEAST in the Top 10 of the greatest things that people have used the internet for!!!
As far as the two books go, we really only share the Catechism. I came across your wife's book and it looks like a really great read so it's on my WISHLIST Tags. As soon as it comes out I would love to get my hands on it.
Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!! If there's any type of small testing program that you need help in just give me a holler. I'm a SAHN of 2 teen and usually have plenty of time on my hands!
You can email me at firstcavalrywife AT yahoo.com

Jul 27, 2006, 12:32pm Top

Love in the Asylum is out (see http://www.lisacarey.com, which I designed). The new book, Every Visible Thing is coming out in early August. (It's getting some VERY good early reviews, including stars from Library Journal and Booklist, and may be reviewed in People.)

Jul 31, 2006, 7:04am Top

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Jul 31, 2006, 9:53am Top

I'm guessing the later. Tradition was throw in, I think, because that's what were likely to share book-wise.

Jul 31, 2006, 1:57pm Top

Short answer: All Catholics.

Longer answer: I am a 40-something year old "traditional" Catholic who converted last year after being raised in the Pentacostal Church. Seeing as though "Tradition" is one of the major doctrines that I had to accept before converting, it's high on my "think about" list. (Does that make any sense??)
AND, just plain "Catholic" or "Catholicism" seemed lame for a Group name......

Jul 31, 2006, 4:19pm Top

It's terribly distressing to me that words such as tradition and orthodoxy have come to be associated with small slivers of Catholicism when they justly belong to the whole spectrum.

It is one of the more difficult things to navigate. How does one remain faithful to a tradition while allowing the tradition to live rather than stagnate?

In that vein, I'm often struck by the prominence given to books as the mediators of Tradition in the "conversion stories" of spiritual autobiographies -- Confessions, The Seven Storey Mountain (Thomas Merton), and We Have Been Friends Together (Raissa Maritain, wife of Jacques Maritain) (and others, I'm sure, which I just can't think of) are very moving in their description of the influence of philosophy, theology, and fiction on the author's journey.

Jul 31, 2006, 11:22pm Top

Is this community only for actual Catholics? You're not going to run me out or anything, are you? I'm just a helpless evangelical!

Aug 1, 2006, 1:25am Top

Well, I'd guess it's for people who have books about Catholicism, Catholic history, Catholic theology, Catholic traditions, etc. I know many people of all stripes who have such books -- while most are Catholic, not all are. :D

Aug 1, 2006, 1:29am Top

I agree. The thing that unites us—not just us in the group, but LTers in general—are books.

Aug 1, 2006, 2:22pm Top

Courtney- There's no such thing as a 'helpless' Evangelical!!!
(And that's said in fun and jest...no offense meant! I'm a former Evangelical myself!)

I changed the description of the Group again. Thanks for pointing out that there may be non-Catholics who enjoy discussing catholic lit!!!

Aug 1, 2006, 2:28pm Top

HEY!! Can we not put the little 'greater than' and 'less than' symbols in our messages?? I just noticed that the part that I put in after my note to Courtney didn't show up!!
It should have read:
"There's no such thing as a 'helpless' Evangelical *'less than' symbol*GRIN*'greater than' symbol*"
I guess we will just have to use 'regular' smilies!

Aug 1, 2006, 10:24pm Top

Courtney- we'll put you down as an anticipatory Catholic. It'll happen sooner (conversion) or later (heaven).

Best- Gabriel

Aug 1, 2006, 11:12pm Top

Looks like you're in now, Courtney!!! After all, when GABRIAL speaks..............!!!!!!!! LOL!
Peace, Dawn

Aug 1, 2006, 11:13pm Top

Seeing as though I just started taking an Adoration slot today I was wondering if anyone can reccommend any good books on Adoration.

Aug 2, 2006, 5:42pm Top

"Seeing as though I just started taking an Adoration slot today I was wondering if anyone can reccommend any good books on Adoration."

Hmmm.... There's a Benedict Groeschel one that is often recommended, but I don't remember the title offhand.

There are also several excellent books out there on contemplative prayer -- my favorite one right now is Armchair Mystic.


Aug 2, 2006, 6:51pm Top

He has Praying in the Presence of Our Lord : Prayers for Eucharistic Adoration and also In the Presence of Our Lord: The History, Theology, and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion by Fr. Benedict.

There is also this by John Hardon: History of Eucharistic Adoration, which I don't believe is in the database yet.

Aug 2, 2006, 6:53pm Top

S.J. John A. Hardon, I've never used touchstones before. Excuse me.

Aug 3, 2006, 6:25pm Top

Hello everyone! Thanks to Dawn, first of all, for creating this group.

Question for all of you: has anyone else read Gary Wills' new book What Jesus Meant? I read it, and I'm curious to know what other people think of it. Also, can anyone recommend any good Catholic spirituality books?

God bless,

Aug 3, 2006, 11:07pm Top

History of Eucharistic Adoration on the site now.

Aug 4, 2006, 5:02am Top

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Aug 4, 2006, 1:29pm Top

I also struggled with The Divine Milieu the first time through. I felt slightly silly, but I ended up getting what looks a little like a textbook on the life and spirituality of Chardin -- Spirit of Fire -- after reading that, I had a much easier time reading and enjoying his works.

Aug 4, 2006, 9:52pm Top

can anyone recommend any good Catholic spirituality books?
I've just been reading The Friendship of Christ, which is available online and in print. It's readable, simple yet profound.


Aug 11, 2006, 4:48pm Top

Anyone read, own, or utilize Catholicism:New Study Edition by McBrien, and if so, what do you think of it?

(Anyone else feel his voice is not entirely objective?)

Aug 11, 2006, 6:32pm Top

I recall reading his section on Mary during RCIA- completely hopeless!

Aug 12, 2006, 12:32am Top

I actually quite like McBrien -- his views are strong, certainly, but no one is 'entirely objective,' his scholarship is quite strong, and his works always provide a good overview.

Aug 13, 2006, 11:33am Top

The Review of Fr. McBrien's Catholicism
by the National Council of Catholic Bishops' {the US bishops} Committee on Doctrine - released April 9, 1996 - raised several critical points.

For me, the salient point is the short shrift McBrien gives to the European cultural ferment of Ressourcement, or return to the sources: theologians like Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, Jean Danielou, Marie Dominique Chenu, Hans Urs von Balthasar and poets and novelists like Charles Peguy, Paul Claudel, Georges Bernanos.

I just prefer something a little meatier, like Henri de Lubac's Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny f Man.

Aug 16, 2006, 8:28am Top

Freder1ck: I don't own the last book you mentioned, I'll look for it. :)

Aug 16, 2006, 6:46pm Top

It's thick with footnotes and there's a juicy appendix of selections from the Fathers of the Church (and others). De Lubac brings together social justice and doctrine in a way that few others have accomplished.

Edited: Aug 22, 2006, 11:11am Top

A good Catholic spirituality book would be The holy longing by Ronald Rolheiser. I found the book through the Philadelphia Archdiocese's Church Ministry Institute (just to give it's pedigree), and I highly recommend it. Does anyone else have it in their library?

I need to read the book again, but my mother stole my copy and won't give it back.


Aug 28, 2006, 1:02pm Top

Everybody must be on vacation.

Feb 25, 2007, 3:32pm Top

The Holy Eucharist by St. Alphonsus De Liguori is a good one on the Eucharist if Eucharistic adoration is what you mean.

May 10, 2007, 3:16pm Top


I'm a new addition to the group and happy to see you don't have to be Catholic to join. I've been reading a lot of Catholic-related books the past several years and have succumbed to the EWTN phenomenon. :) I love The Journey Home and tend to tape it if I'm going to miss the show.

A book I've really enjoyed is The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub. It's a great weaving of history and memoir and Catholicism.

I'm looking forward to reading more discussions. Thanks for creating this group.

Jun 7, 2007, 10:15am Top

Well, then I guess I'm the only one here who's a friend of G.k. Chesterton :).
He's one of my favourite authors. Also, I like the works by Hilaire Belloc on the Histories that he provides.

Oct 25, 2007, 1:40pm Top

No you're not! I love both of them too both as poets and apologists.

Courage and peace,

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