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Author:  Zelie [ Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:05 am ]
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What a great thread! Where on earth does one begin? I predict that in due time this will be the longest thread on the forum. :)

I will be moderate and begin with four. Well, here goes:

1. The Holy Bible

Here is quote from a book (sneaking in another recommendation) entitled, "Counsels of Perfection for Christian Mothers," by The Very Reverend P. Lejeune, Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Reims, Archpriest of Charleville, 1913.

"The Gospel is entitled to a special place in preference to all other books. It ought to be in every family. You should never permit a day to pass without reading at least a page of it. It is humiliating to think that Protestants must be proposed as models for you in this matter. The four Gospels are within reach of even the poorest. They are the best reading for you and your family."

2. Prayer the Key to Salvation, by Father Michael Mueller, C.SS.R., 1867

Upon reading this book some time ago, it effected a change in how and what I pray.

3. The Story of a Family (The Home of the Little Flower), by the Rev. Fr. Stephane-Joseph Piat, O.F.M., 1947

An absolute must for anybody trying to find what a exemplary Catholic family looks like. Beautifully written and speaks to the heart.

4. Pius X, The Life Story of the Beatus, by Fr. Hieronymo Dal-Gal, 1953.

I loved this book, it was Unputdownable!

Looking forward to hearing from others.

Author:  Eamon Shea [ Sat Jun 03, 2006 2:59 pm ]
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1. The Love of Eternal Wisdom - Saint Louis de Montfort

2. The Soul of the Apostolate - Dom Chautard; bedside book of Saint Pius X

3. The Love of Mary - D. Roberto

4. The Interior Life: Simplified to its Fundamentals - Very Rev. Joseph Tissot

5. The Robber Church - Patrick Henry Omlor

Titles 2 and 3 may be purchsed here:

Title 4 may be purchased here: (edit - it seems that it is no longer listed at the site).

Title 5 is downloadable for free here: and may be purchased here:

Title 1 is easily located, and is still in print through the Monfort Fathers (I think that is the group).

Author:  BenCW [ Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:52 am ]
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1. The Incredible Catholic Mass- Rev. Martin Von Cochem

2. The Great Heresies- Hilaire Belloc

3. Tradition and the Church- Msgr. George Agius D.D. J.C.D.

4. Tumultuous Times- Frs. Francisco and Dominic Radecki CMRI

5. Problems With The Prayers of The Modern Mass- Fr. Anthony Cekada

6. Who Shall Ascend- Fr. James Wathen OSJ

Author:  Eamon Shea [ Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:40 am ]
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Given our present circumstances, and Our Lady's repeated requests to pray the Rosary, it would serve anyone well to read (or re-read) The Secret of the Rosary, by Saint Louis de Montfort.

Author:  Traditional32 [ Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:42 am ]
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Has anybody read The History of the Catholic Church by Laux? If so was it a good read? I've requested my wife purchase it for my birthday.

Author:  Vince Sheridan [ Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:33 am ]
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Pax Christi !

With all the confusion lately being generated by the Novus Ordo professional lay-apologists regarding
regarding " Religious Liberty " I highly recommend ;

"Religious Liberty Questioned", Achbishops Lefebvre's objections to Vatican II's Declaration on Religious Liberty, Angelus Press.
ISBN# 0-892331-12-8.

In Xto

Author:  Colin Fry [ Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:58 pm ]
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Has anybody else read "The Immaculate Conception" by Bishop William Ullathorne (1855 I believe)? In my opinion the best contemporary work on the doctrine.

Author:  John Lane [ Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:33 pm ]
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Available online:

Author:  Linda [ Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:34 pm ]
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The Great Sacrilege by Fr. James F. Wathen, O.S.J (Tan Books 1971)
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number:76-183571
I would like to order 50 copies and send them to Novus Ordo people.
I ordered my copy from

Author:  creimann [ Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:21 pm ]
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The two books I presently find very edifying are:

Divine Intimacy, Fr. Gabriel (TAN)
Iota Unum, Romano Amerio

A most excellent and accessible summary of the spiritual life may be found in:

Guidance in Spiritual Direction, Rev. Charles Hugo Doyle (see Roman Catholic Books)
This volume details the purgative, illuminative, and unitive "ways" in the spiritual life, providing many clues and stepping stones.

Author:  Chris Browne [ Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:33 am ]
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I am somewhat surprised that no one has recommended, The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber by Father Ralph Wiltgen. SVD. This book, in my estimation, is a candid, objective and contemporary account of Vatican II by someone who was there, and is perfect for introducing distraught Novus Ordinarians to the resistance. This is not to say that I necessarily agree with all of the author's opinions or conclusions with regard to those events (and who, I believe, was neither liberal nor conservative - as if those terms mean anything anymore.)

This is my first time posting. I'm relieved to be relatively confident on the topic! From my review of previous posts on this and other topics, I admit to feeling somewhat intimidated by the knowledge and ease of expression of many members. Just 'dipping my toe' in the water!

Author:  Alan Aversa [ Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Must reads!

Zelie wrote:
4. Pius X, The Life Story of the Beatus, by Fr. Hieronymo Dal-Gal, 1953.

I loved this book, it was Unputdownable!
I just put Forbes's biography of him up on; that one is good, but somewhat short and doesn't cover Modernism as much as I would have hoped.

Have you read Yves Chiron's St. Pius X biography (Angelus Press)? If so, how does it compare to Fr. Hieronymo Dal-Gal's? Does it emphasize his handling of Modernism like Yves Chiron's apparently does?

Also, I would recommend all the online works of Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange.

Author:  gator1582 [ Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:35 am ]
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Traditional32 wrote:
Has anybody read The History of the Catholic Church by Laux? If so was it a good read? I've requested my wife purchase it for my birthday.

I read the first half and it seemed pretty good from what I remember. It has been a while thought since I read it.

Author:  Alan Aversa [ Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:51 am ]
Post subject:  Free must reads!

Here are my recommendations (both completely online for free):

Humility of Heart by Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo (there's a cause for his beatification) is at least as good and spiritually challenging as The Imitation of Christ.

The Suicide of Altering the Faith in the Liturgy by Fr. Paul L. Kramer, B.Ph., S.T.B. (@ Angelicum '72-'78), M. Div., S.T.L. (Cand.)

Author:  Alan Aversa [ Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:06 am ]
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Linda wrote:
The Great Sacrilege by Fr. James F. Wathen, O.S.J (Tan Books 1971)
That book is completely available online here.

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