Spiritual Reading for the New Year – January 2, 2024

Father James Kubicki, SJ joined Patrick for a conversation about good spiritual reading! Topics included: the importance of spiritual reading (3:25), what to look for (7:25), the Catechism & lives of the Saints (10:34), caller: Every Day with St. Francis de Sales (17:19), Caller: Are novels OK for Spiritual reading? (21:11), Caller: The Fulfillment of All Desire (27:36), caller: Manual for Eucharistic Adoration & Searching for and Maintaining Peace (30:30), caller: I like reading Catholic poets! (34:35), caller: The Way of the Pilgrim (38:51), caller: He Leadeth Me (42:36), and Caller: The Heart of the Matter (44:47). 

Full List: 

· Scripture

· Catechism of the Catholic Church

· Imitation of Christ – Thomas à Kempis

· Introduction to the Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales

· Confessions – St. Augustine

· Magnificat magazine or Give Us This Day magazine

· Story of a Soul – St. Thérèse of Lisieux

· He Leadeth Me – Servant of God Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ

· Blessed Carlo Acutis biography

· Every Day with St. Francis de Sales – translated from Italian into English

· Consecration to the Blessed Virgin – St. Louis de Montefort

· Christ, the Life of the Soul – Blessed Columba Marmion

· Novels by Michael O’Brien e.g. By the Rivers of Babylon, Theophilos

· Novels by Frederick Buechner (Presbyterian): one about St. Brendan (Brendan), one about St. Godric (Godric)

· The Fulfillment of All Desire – Ralph Martin

· Manual of Eucharistic Adoration – the Poor Clares

· Anything by Fr. Jacques Philippe: Searching for and Maintaining Peace, Interior Freedom, In the School of the Holy Spirit, Thirsting for Prayer, Time for God

· Catholic Poets: Hound of Heaven (Francis Thompson), Pope St. John Paul II, St. Thomas Aquinas, Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ

· The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way – Reginald French

· Fr. Arceny: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father

· St. Silouan the Athonite

· Wounded by Love by St. Porphyrios

· The Gospel Comes with a House Key – Rosaria Butterfield (not Catholic)

· The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene

· Works of dialogue between contemporary spiritual figures and saints by Peter Kreeft

Emailed suggestions:

· The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

· In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

· Revelations of Divine Love by St. Julian of Norwich

· Dr. Brant Pitre: Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist and Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary

· Poetry of Fr. Paul Murray, OP

· Poetry of John Donne (not Catholi

Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.