My blogging friend Jean M. Heimann at Catholic Fire tagged me in her meme “Three Favorite Religious Books” (outside the Bible, of course). This is a tough one since I have a long list of spiritual classics that I turn to often. So, I am subtitling this post, “The Three Religious Books I Turn to the Most“.
In order, they are:
The Rules of the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity, Unabridged
by Saint Magdalene of Canossa
This Rule was written and completed by Saint Magdalene for her Daughters in 1815. One reason I love this book above all others is her wisdom of the importance of virtue in the Canossian life. It is “…applied to the Virtues of which our Great Model gave us a special example on the Cross…”, the virtues of charity, obedience, humility, poverty, mortification and modesty. By contemplating Christ Crucified in our prayer, we learn to extend the love we find there to our neighbor in our apostolic labors. To read her Rule, there is a work started at Heart of Flame blog, taking her Rule, beginning with the preface and slowly reflecting on it in the context of the modern day.
Way of Perfection, by Saint Teresa of Avila
Saint Teresa has been one of my spiritual guides ever since I was introduced to her ‘bookmark’ (Let nothing disturb you…). Her wisdom and common sense approach to the spiritual life always challenges me, and gives hope that holiness is not only possible, but attainable.
My Prayer Book, by Fr. F.X. Lasance
This wonderful book is full of prayers, devotions, reflections and Mass propers. It is the book that introduced me to St. Teresa’s Book Mark (on page 229, pictured above). My copy was printed in 1944, and has all the thee’s and thou’s. I wonder if anyone has an edition later than that, and if the language was maintained. It is truly a gem, and because of its compact size (4″x6″x1″), its 720 pages can often travel with me.
There you have it. My three favorite religious companions. What are yours (consider yourself tagged)?
And I will also tag:
Father Acervo at Father Acervo’s Corner
Sofia at Always Catholic
Peg at Peg Pondering Again
Anthony Lilles at Beginning to Pray
Elizabeth Hillgrove at Startling the Day
Blessed Lenten reading!