Spiritual Classics

Aquinas Catechism

This book was not made for scholars, but for everyone. Collects the sermons on the Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, and a short work on the Sacraments, preached by the...

Dialogue

14th century work, written in the form of a dialogue with our Lord, that addresses central elements of the spiritual life: the theological virtues, devotion to Christ...

The Imitation of Christ

This 14th or 15th century work contains points of meditation attributed to Thomas a Kempis. It sets forth, with clarity and piety, aspects of the spiritual life that...

Spiritual Canticle

This poem and detailed commentary tries to express in human language the soul’s mystical union with God. Highlights three stages of the soul’s journey to God that...

Living Flame of Love

The mystical life expressed through poetic language. Depicts the soul closely united to God and free of all fear, wholly absorbed in contemplating the Blessed Trinity...

Life of Christ

Reflections on our Lord’s life, especially his Passion. Helpful for grasping the value of suffering and sacrifice done out of love, and for fostering generosity in...

The Sacred Passion

A simple and sober account of our Lord’s Passion, presented with sound doctrine and piety. Helps the reader to know and love Christ, and to grow in a spirit of...

The Spiritual Combat

This 16th century classic on Christian asceticism has greatly influenced subsequent writers. Stresses the need to struggle against disordered passions and to grow in...

The Mystical Rose

Contains some of Newman’s writings on our Lady published at various times, followed by reflections on the invocations in the Litany of Loretto for the month of May....

Apologia pro vita sua

Spiritual autobiography of a man who seeks his own consciousness. The book is a delight to read, literally fluid, well written, based on the documented facts of his...

The Story of a Soul

The saint’s autobiography. The first part goes through the external events of her life; part two focuses on her interior life and ascetical struggle. She teaches the...

The Interior Life

This systematic treatment of the interior life—its nature, divisions, goal, means, etc.—is simpler than other classical books on ascetical and mystical theology....