Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan by Fr. John McCloskey

Reading List

Catholicism Explained/Theology

History and Culture

  • The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc
  • How The Reformation Happened by Hilaire Belloc
  • Survivals and New Arrivals by Hilaire Belloc
  • Christendom I: Founding of Christendom by Warren Carroll
  • Christendom II: The Building of Christendom by Warren Carroll
  • Christendom III: The Glory of Christendom by Warren Carroll
  • Christendom IV: The Cleaving of Christendom by Warren Carroll
  • Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church by H. W. Crocker III
  • Enthusiasm by Ronald Arbuthnott Knox
  • Love of Learning and the Desire for God by Jean Leclercq
  • Christianity and European Culture by Christopher Dawson
  • Our Lady of Fatima by William T. Walsh

Holy Men and Women

  • Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge
  • Apologia Pro Vita Sua | by John Henry Newman
  • Journal of a Soul by Pope John XXIII
  • The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox by G. K. Chesterton
  • St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton
  • Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  • Mary of Nazareth by Federico Suarez
  • Cure of Ars by F. Trochu
  • Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage by Gerard B. Wegemer
  • Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel

Literary Classics

  • Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  • The Diary of a Country Priest by George Bernanos
  • Hopkins: Poetry and Prose by George Manley Hopkins
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  • Christianity and Culture by T. S. Eliot
  • The Idea of a University by John Newman
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book by Walker Percy
  • Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy
  • Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset Kristin
  • Lavransdatter II : The Wife by Sigrid Undset
  • Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross by Sigrid Undset
  • /Flannery O’Connor: Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Spiritual Classics

  • Confessions of St. Augustine | by St. Augustine
  • Little Talks with God (modernized version of “The Dialogues”) by St. Catherine
  • City of God | by St. Augustine
  • The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis
  • Dark Night of the Soul | by St. John of the Cross
  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  • The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  • The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton
  • Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler
  • Meditations from a Simple Path by Mother Teresa
  • Interior Castle | by St. Teresa of Avila
  • The Way of Perfection | by St. Teresa of Avila
  • The Story of a Soul: A New Translation | by St. Therese of Lisieux
  • My Way of Life|Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas

Spiritual Reading

  • The Great Means of Salvation and Perfection by Alphonso Liguori
  • Uniformity with God’s Will by Alphonso Liguori
  • Spiritual Theology by Jordan Aumann
  • Frequent Confession by Benedict Baur
  • In Silence with God by Benedict Baur
  • Difficulties in Mental Prayer by Eugene Boylan
  • The Tremendous Lover by Eugene Boylan
  • Covenanted Happiness by Cormac Burke
  • The Soul of the Apostolate by Jean-Baptiste Chautard
  • Friends of God by Jose Maria Escriva
  • Christ is Passing By by Jose Maria Escriva
  • The Way, Furrow, The Forge by Jose Maria Escriva
  • Way of the Cross by Jose Maria Escriva
  • / All for Jesus/ by Frederick W. Faber
  • Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre De Caussade
  • Introduction to Devout Life by Francis deSales
  • reatise on the Love of God by Francis deSales
  • Three Ages of Interior Life Volume I by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
  • Three Ages of Interior Life Volume II by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
  • Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis of Grenada
  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
  • True Devotion to the Holy Spirit by Luis M. Martinez
  • True Devotions by Louis-Marie Grignion De Montfort
  • The Hidden Power of Kindness by Lawrence G. Lovasik
  • The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
  • The Sadness of Christ by Thomas More
  • Conversation with Christ by Peter T. Rohrbach
  • Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli
  • Theology and Sanity by Francis J. Sheed
  • Theology for Beginners by Francis J. Sheed
  • To Know Christ Jesus by Francis J. Sheed
  • Life of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen
  • Three to Get Married by Fulton J. Sheen
  • The Spiritual Life by Adolphe Tanqueray
  • Abba Father by Bonaventure Perquin
  • Transformation in Christ by Dietrich von Hildebrand


  • Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Pope John Paul II
  • Companion Guide to Rome by Georgina Masson
  • The King’s Good Servant but God’s First by James Monti
  • 50 Questions on the Natural Law by Charles E. Rice
  • The Intellectual Life by A. G. Sertillanges
  • Essays on Woman by Edith Stein

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