Resources: Books and Links

“I would say that Catholics have a special opportunity, and a special duty, to serve the common good of the intellect. For they are heirs of an age-old and age-tested intellectual discipline, and assured of an organic system of principles, long since elaborated, which it is up to them to extend to all the horizons of the modern mind. They know, in particular, the the universe of the intellect , in its immense and immensely diversified scope, is illuminated and held in vital order by the three kinds of wisdom mentioned by Thomas Aquinas: the merely rational wisdom of metaphysical knowledge; the wisdom, both rational and rooted in faith, of theological knowledge; and the supra-rational wisdom of that knowledge which is spiritual experience provided by love.”


“I have always thought of Thomas Aquinas as the apostle of modern times because he is the great doctor of the sanctification of intelligence.”

“It is an urgent need of the world today that Christians firmly attached to their faith and anxious to give testimony to it dedicate themselves not only to social and religious action in its various forms, but also and first of all to the labor of intelligence in all fields of science and human knowledge…”

-Quotes from the dedication address of Mr. Jacques Maritain
The Catholic Center at NYU, February 6, 1952

Some Basics

Examination of Conscience for College Students
The Bible (RSV – book / web; Didache Series Bible with Commentary)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (book / web)
The Catechism of the Council of Trent (book web)
The Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (book / web)
Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas (bookweb)
Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth), by Pope St. John Paul II
Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason), by Pope St. John Paul II


Ethica Thomistica: The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, by Ralph McInerny
Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, by Edward Feser
Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide, by Edward Feser
On the Meaning of Sex, J. Budziszewski
What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide, by J. Budziszewski
Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking, by D.Q. McInerny
The Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act, by Steven A. Long
Ten Philosophical Mistakes, by Mortimer Adler
Aristotle for Everybody: Difficult Thought Made Easy, by Mortimer Adler
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, by Mortimer Adler
Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths, by R. Cessario, O.P., C. Titus, and P. Vitz
The First Grace: Recovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World, by Russell Hittinger


Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith by Scott Hahn
Signs of Life: Forty Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots, by Scott Hahn
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper by Brant Pitre
Catholic Christianity, by Peter Kreeft
Handbook of Catholic Apologetics: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli
Essential Catholic Survival Guide by Catholic Answers
The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, by Edward Feser


Reality, by Fr Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
Knowing the Love of God by Fr Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
Predestination by Fr Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
The Mother of the Saviour: and Our Interior Life by Fr Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.
God and His Image: An Outline of Biblical Theology by Fr Dominique Barthelemy, O.P.
Theology for Beginners by Frank Sheed
Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed
The Theology of Religious Vocation, by Edward Farrell, O.P.
The Catholic Bible Dictionary by Scott Hahn
Angels and Demons: A Catholic Introduction, by Fr. Serge-Thomas Bonino, O.P.
Jesus of Nazareth (vols. one, two, and three), by Pope Benedict XVI
Commentary on Matthew, vols. one, two, and three by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
The Church of Christ, by Msgr. Joseph C. Fenton
The Theology of Prayer by Msgr. Joseph C. Fenton
The Mystery of the Church, by Humber Clerissac
The Word Made Flesh, by Fr. Richard Veras


Science and Faith

Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics, by Fr Nicanor Nicanor Austriaco, O.P.
Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, by Stephen M. Barr
A Student’s Guide to Natural Science, by Stephen M. Barr
Several books by Stanley Jaki
The Soul’s Upward Yearning: Clues to Our Transcendent Nature from Experience and Reason, by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer
New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy, by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer
Health Care Ethics: A Catholic Theological Analysis, by Benedict Ashley, O.P.

Spiritual Reading

Worshipping a Hidden God, by Archbishop Luis M. Martinez
The Sanctifier by Archbishop Luis M. Martinez
When God is Silent  by Archbishop Luis M. Martine
Meditations for Advent, by Jacques-Benigne Bossue
Meditations for Lent, by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet
Meditations on Mary, by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet
Divine Intimacy, by Fr Gabriel of St. Mary Magdelen, O.C.D.
The Complete Works of Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity (vol. 1; vol. 2)
God or Nothing, Conversations on Faith with Robert Cardinal Sarah
The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, Robert Cardinal Sarah
The Living Water, by Pierre-Thomas Dehau, O.P.
The Seven Last Words of Jesus, by Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.
Prayer and Intelligence, by Jacques and Raissa Maritain
Contemplative Provocations; Contemplative Hunger; and Conversion, by Fr. Donald Haggerty

Lives of the Saints

Confessions by St. Augustine
Divine Mercy in My Soul by St. Faustina Kowalska
Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux
Saint Dominic: The Grace of the Word by Fr Guy Bedouelle, O.P.
The Spirit of St. Dominic, by Humbert Clerissac, O.P.
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta, by Mother Teresa
Journal of a Soul: the Autobiography of Pope John XXIII, by Saint John XXIII
The Life of St. Catherine of Siena, by Blessed Raymond of Capua
Pier Giorgio Frassati: A Hero for Our Times, by Cristina Siccardi
Saint John Paul The Great: His Five Loves, by Jason Evert

Pope Francis

Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
Encyclical, Lumen Fidei.
Encyclical, Laudato Si’
Addresses during his visit to the United States

Helpful Websites


The Vatican
Archdiocese of New York
St. Joseph’s Church, Greenwich Village
Dominican Friars (Home of the Order of Preachers)
Dominican Friars (Province of St. Joseph)
Dominican House of Studies (Washington, D.C.)
St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie)
The Thomistic Institute
Catholic Artists Society
Blackfriars Media
New York University


The Catholic Encyclopedia
Catholic Answers
Catholic News Service Movie Reviews
Fish Eaters: The Whys and Hows of Traditional Catholicism
The William G. Most Theological Collection
Bibliaclerus | Reading the Word of God with the Church
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Biblical Evidence for Catholicism
What Does the Prayer Really Say?
Patron Saints Index

News, etc.

Dominicana Journal
New Advent (news and other resources)
New York Frassati Fellowsh
Catholic Underground
Catholic News Service

Other Good Organizations To Know:

Mary’s Meals
FEMM (Fertility Education & Medical Management)
Patients Rights Action Fund

“Your intellectual commitment, in teaching and in research, in study and in the most comprehensive formation, will be all the more fruitful and effective the more fully it is animated by love for Christ and for the Church, the more the relationship between study and prayer is strengthened and made more harmonious. This is not out-dated, this is the centre! This is one of the challenges of our time: transmitting knowledge and offering a key for vital comprehension, not a heap of notions unconnected to one another.

– Pope Francis, From an Address to Roman Universities