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Formation Books

Edward Sri
This book aims to teach lay Catholics how to read and understand the Bible in a way that allows the Scriptures to truly deepen their faith in God. Sri aims to equip the reader with the background knowledge and literary insight necessary to allow them to have a personal experience with God through the Scriptures and interpret the Bible in line with Church teaching. He does this by addressing fundamental questions about the Bible, its origins, its development and its trustworthyness. He also provides readers with five "keys" that can allow them to interpret the Bible in line with the teachings of the Catechism and the Magisterium. These "keys" include consideration for the Author's Intention, the Unity of Scripture, the Living Tradition of the Church, God's Revelation and the use of the Four Senses of Scripture. He then ends the book by explaining some considerations about Biblical geography, history and archaeology, outlining the "Big Picture" of God's revelation and salvation throughout the books of the Bible and ending with practical tips about translations and praying with Scripture.
Pontifical Council For Justice And Peace
This is the official synthesis (summary) of Catholic Social Teaching by the Catholic Church ( Pontifical Council For Justice And Peace). It explores the four Catholic Social Teaching principles Diginity of the Human Person, Common Good, Solidarity and Subsidiarity, four values of truth, justice, freedom and love and applys them to family, work, economics, politics, international politics, environment, peace and the Church. It provides a quick way to look up a social topic and find a neat summary with the best quotes and references which opens the doors to deeper study.
Peter Kreeft
This is one of the best introductions to moral thought on the Internet. It will provide an excellent understanding of moral thought tracing its various concepts to their origins. It provides an framework and critique that is clear and consice. The audio version is for sale on audible and amazon.  You can download the zipped version of the book from Audible with this link. The notes are very similar to the actual audio, but it is so good to just listen to Kreeft himself explain it and it is so well put together.
Kevin Vost
If you want to make progress in the spiritual life, you must know your enemy. Best-selling author Kevin Vost shines a light on the seven deadly sins, showing how they take root in our souls and keep us from being raised to heaven. In these pages, Dr. Vost unpacks the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas history's greatest theologian in an engaging and accessible way. He unveils the hidden connections between common sins and shows how each gives birth to daughters other thoughts and deeds that help it reach its sinful goals. We all struggle with the seven deadly sins to varying degrees. Read this book, and you'll walk away armed with an arsenal of practical weapons to combat these sins and to clear the path for greater virtue, deeper happiness, and more profound union with God.
Fr. Ortega Trillo Alejandro
Behind every virtue is a vice. Likewise, behind every vice is a virtue that, when developed and strengthened, can overcome the vice, writes Fr. Ortega, an authority in moral behavior. In Vices and Virtues, he reveals how to leverage faults and weaknesses to forge virtues. In this three-part how-to guide, readers will get to know themselves with honesty, learn to accept themselves and their faults in humility, and begin to improve their lives by cultivating virtues. It might seem like an impossible task, but you'll have help and motivation from the highest source. Developing virtue can help you achieve balance in your life and holiness.
St Ignatius of Loyola
This is a free, copyright free translation of St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, so the language can be difficult in places and can be translated better for a modern audience. The Spiritual Exercises is one of the great classics of Catholic Spirituality and contain the best reference to spiritual discernment. It contains several prayer methods including meditation and contemplation, the daily examen, rules for discernment (broken up into 2 parts called first week and second week), and guidelines for making an election (a decision about what God's will is for you in a certain matter). It also contains a recommended set of meditations most based on the life of Christ.
Peter Kreeft
This is one of the best introductions to philosophy on the Internet. The audio version is for sale on audible and amazon.  You can download the zipped version of the book from Audible with this link. The notes are very similar to the actual audio, but it is so good to just listen to Kreeft himself explain it and it is so well put together.
Peter Kreeft
Brant Pitre
Daniel Burke, Fr. Bartunek LC STL
Timothy M Gallagher OMV
Timothy M Gallagher OMV
Timothy M Gallagher OMV
The examen prayer is a short method by St. Ignatius to examen our daily life so we can overcome sin and grow in virtue and closeness to God. In five short steps is a method that Ignatius recommends daily to everyone and twice daily to his Jesuits. It is the foundational prayer to become aware of the movements of heart so we can be aware what is of God, us or as St. Ignatius calls him, 'the enemy'. St. Ignatius' method is less than a half page in length, yet it opens the door to a deeper spiritual journey. In his book on the Examen Prayer Fr. Timothy Gallagher draws from real-life stories and his experience as a spiritual director to explain the core principles of the examen prayer: What is the examen and how can we begin to pray it? How can we adapt it to our individual lives? What are its fruits?
Timothy M Gallagher OMV
Timothy M Gallagher OMV
Timothy M Gallagher OMV