Holiness and the Spiritual Life

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When Saint Norbert founded our Order in the 12th Century, he was part of the great Gregorian Reform movement that was restoring holiness to the Church and the world of his day. The Church and the world are still very much in need of renewal, and we Norbertines at St. Michael's Abbey strive to be a driving force of that renewal.

When a young man comes to our monastery to take up the Norbertine way of life, he very quickly discovers that evangelization, renewal, growth in holiness has to begin first inside his own heart, and so he begins to pray a lot ... and to read a lot! 

Many of the books on this Spiritual Life reading list are books that a young religious will encounter, either before he hears Our Lord's call to enter the monastery and to study for the priesthood, or after he enters and begins to dive deeply into the Catholic tradition. Most of them are books that will be a tremendous source of inspiration and encouragement to anyone who wants to become a woman or a man of deep prayer, anyone who wants to become a Saint. 

You'll find here a wide variety of texts from authors ancient and new. Some will help you love Our Lord and Lady even more than you already do (The Imitation of Christ, Life of Christ, True Devotion to Mary). Others will give you the powerful example of real people who became real Saints (Confessions, The Way of Perfection, Story of a Soul). There are a few books to help you learn better how to live a committed Christian life and how to pray (Introduction to the Devout Life, The Practice of the Presence of God, Abandonment to Divine Providence, Conversation with Christ). Finally, there are few of the great monuments of 20th Century Catholic/Christian literature (Screwtape Letters, Orthodoxy, Diary of a Country Priest).

Are you eager to be a part of the renewal of the Church and the world that Our Lord and Lady are undertaking in our times? With Our Holy Father Saint Norbert and all the great spiritual giants of our Catholic lineage, that renewal begins in every one of our hearts, and this reading list will help.

I once heard a holy old priest say, "There are only so many times that your eyes can pass across a printed page in your lifetime. We don't have time to read good books. We only have time to read great books!" God bless you.

- Father Ambrose

Confessions

Confessions

Our Sunday Visitor

$29.95

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The Autobiography of Saint Therese: The Story of a Soul

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$15

Imitation of Christ

Imitation of Christ

Pauline Books & Media

$24.95

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True Devotion to Mary: With Preparation for Total Consecration

Tan Books

$11.95

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The Way of Perfection

Paraclete Press (MA)

$15.99

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Philothea; Or an Introduction to the Devout Life

Tan Books

$14.95

The Practice of the Presence of God

The Practice of the Presence of God

Bridge-Logos

$15.99

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Life of Christ

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$20

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The Screwtape Letters

HarperOne

$15.99

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Orthodoxy

Moody Publishers

$8.99

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Conversation with Christ: The Teaching of St. Teresa of Avila about Personal Prayer

Tan Books

$16.95

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The Diary of a Country Priest

Da Capo Press

$16.99

Blessed Carlo Acutis: The Amazing Discovery of a Teenager in Heaven - Holy Heroes

Blessed Carlo Acutis: The Amazing Discovery of a Teenager in Heaven

Holy Heroes

$18.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 10: Saint Rose of Lima & Saint Maximilian Kolbe - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 10: Saint Rose of Lima & Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 11: Pope Saint John Paul II - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 11: Pope Saint John Paul II

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 5: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha & Saint Cecilia - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 5: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha & Saint Cecilia

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 6: Saint Joan of Arc & Saint Anthony - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 6: Saint Joan of Arc & Saint Anthony

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 4: St. Teresa of Calcutta & St. Faustina Kowalska - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 4: St. Teresa of Calcutta & St. Faustina Kowalska

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 7: Saint Martin de Porres & Saint Clare - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 7: Saint Martin de Porres & Saint Clare

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 9: Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 9: Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 14: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 14: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CDs - Complete set (17 audio CDs) - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CDs - Complete set (17 audio CDs)

Holy Heroes

$221.15

Glory Stories CD Vol 13: The Children of Fatima - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 13: The Children of Fatima

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 15: St. Bernadette Soubirous - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 15: St. Bernadette Soubirous

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 3: St. Joseph & St. Katharine Drexel - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 3: St. Joseph & St. Katharine Drexel

Holy Heroes

$15.95