The Third Millennium is a busy time. Many of us, myself included, could not imagine life before cell phones and the internet. Just 10 years ago people where functioning just fine without a cell phone (although they were around and people had them). The Internet was also around, but not as fast and not as many people functioning directly from it regarding their jobs, and personal endeavors. It is more challenging than ever to find the time to sit down and just read and relax. It is very important as catechist that we take the time to read and grow in our faith. This not only helps us grow spiritually but also in our knowledge and understanding of our beautiful faith. I have list some books worth reading. It is not an exhaustive list but if you pick one or two of these books to read this year I think you’ll find them abundantly refreshing and inspiring as you grow in your spiritual life and in your knowledge of the Faith.
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis De Sales
Story of a Soul by St. Therese
Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.
The Way of the Disciple by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
In Conversation with God (7 volume set) by Fr. Francis Fernandez
Heaven in Our Hands by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.
Appointment with God by Fr. Michael Scanlan
Five Loaves and Two Fish by Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan
Prayer For Beginners By Peter Kreeft (I was not a beginner when I read this and found it very helpful and insightful)
He Leadeth Me By Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J.
Knowledge and Understanding
The Lord by Fr. Ramano Guardini
To Know Christ Jesus by Frank Sheed
Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots by Dr. Scott Hahn
Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments by Dr. Scott Hahn
Heaven, the Heart’s Deepest Longing by Peter Kreeft
Catholic For a Reason (4 volumes)
Back to Virtue by Peter Kreeft
Letters to a Young Catholic (Art of Mentoring) by George Weigel