'Books in General'


In addition ~ Monthly Reading naming a few areas of interest:

Paper:  National Catholic Register; Newsletters of Religious Orders:  Sisters of Divine Providence/San Antonio, TX, Order of St. Benedict/Jonesboro, AR, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur/Washington, D.C., Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, AL, Order of Carmelites/New Orleans, LA, ‘Our State;/NC, SHARE/Catholic Daughters of America, COLUMBIA/Knights of Columbus


Electronic:  The Vatican, St. Meinrad Archabbey/St. Meinrad, IN; Belmont Abbey/Belmont, NC, Digital Architecture, Center for Basque Studies, University of Reno/NV, Smithsonian Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art


Topics:  Monastic Spirituality, Saints, The Popes, Church Fathers, Desert Fathers/Mothers, The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom/Twenty Centuries of the Spirit and Substance of Catholicism!, Historical Biographies  


  1. St. Julie (Billiart) and the Joy of Hope ~ St. Mary Linscott, SND (I am an Associate of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Trinity College, Washington, D.C. 1987.)
  2. Three Against the Wind   Woman of Courage ~ Roseanne Murphy, SNDdeN
  3. Plain and Simple, A Woman’s Journey to the Amish ~ Sue Bender…I love the Amish!
  4. Autumn Gospel   Women in the Second Half of Life ~ Kathleen Fisher
  5. Out of This World   A Woman’s Life Among the Amish ~ Mary Swander
  6. Most of All They Taught Me Happiness ~ Robert Muller
  7. The Church Visible  The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church 1996 ~ James Charles Noonan, Jr.
  8. A Tree Full of Angels – Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary ~ Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB
  9. The Imitation of Christ ~ Thomas a Kempis
  10. The Interior Castle ~ St .Teresa of Avila
  11. G.K. Chesterton Collected Works Vo. 11 St. Francis of Assisi, The Everlasting Man and St. Thomas Aquinas
  12. After 50   Spiritually Embracing Your Own Wisdom Years ~ Robert Wicks
  13. The Statesman and His Faith   Dag Hammarskjold ~ Henry P. Van Dasen
  14. Markings ~ Dag Hammarskjold
  15. A Gift of God ~ Mother Teresa, at least 20 books read by/about M.T.
  16. In Quest of A Vision Sr. Maria Isolina Ferre’s  Own Story of Gospel Servanthood Among Puerto Ricans.

After reading this wonderful book and having planned a trip to my husbands’ island home of Caguas, Puerto Rico, I was able to journey to Sr. Isolina’s office where my son and I were graciously received. She signed my book and in it is a photo of she standing next my son, a true treasure!

  1. The Gift of Peace ~ Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
  2. The Light Within Us ~ Albert Schweitzer
  3. Apologia Pro Vita Sua ~ John Henry Newman
  4. Kindly Light  The Spiritual Vision of John Henry Newman ~ J. Murray Elwood

The sheet music entitled ‘Lead, Kindly Light by Steven C. Warner was given as gift from Sr. Camille Martinez and I have learned it on my autoharp in the key of C!

  1. Bill Gates Speaks ~ Janet Lowe    Business @ The Speed of Thought, The Road Ahead
  2. Ideas and Opinions ~ Albert Einstein
  3. A Walk in the Mountains (Lebanon) ~ Ralph & Molly Izzard
  4. The Long Loneliness: An Autobiography of Dorothy Day
  5. The Cost of Discipleship ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  6. Seeking Perspective   Weaving Spirituality & Psychology in Search of Clarity

Robert J. Wicks

  1. Aboriginal Art ~ Wally Caruana    

When my husband and I drove from Pennsylvania to Panama, Central America (1978 - 7,500 miles!), I fell in love with the bright colors of the fabric and the wonderfully intricate design of the peoples of Mexico and Central America. Then I saw my first molas! Then I discovered Aboriginal art! (I have always been drawn to the stick people art! When I sketch, I sketch hieroglyphs!)

  1. Confessions ~ St. Augustine
  2. Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer   An Approach to Life in Fullness ~

Bro. David Steindl-Rast

  1. Maria Montessori   Her Life and Work ~ E. Mortimer Standing
  2. Wisdom of the CEO  29 Global Leaders Tackle Today’s Most Pressing Business Challenges…missed the author, Public Library, 26 June 2000
  3. Letting Go   A Parents Guide To Understanding the College Years!! ~ Coburn & Treeger
  4. Beyond Habitat  ~ Moshe Safdie
  5. A Short History of An Idea HOME ~ Witold Rybczynski

I love to read books on Architecture. I really like adobe and the Spanish design with the interior courtyard and fountain, Study and Design of Interior Space, Indigenous Furniture Making, especially Swedish Country and Shaker and Landscape Architecture focusing on outdoor ‘rooms.’ While residing in Washington, D.C., I frequented the National Building Museum often; I purchased an architect’s tie in the gift shop and wear it proudly!!

  1. Ordinary Graces  Christian Teachings on the Interior Life ~ Lorraine Kisly
  2. The Little Brown Book of Business Wisdom ~ Peter Krauss
  3. Big Questions Worthy Dreams  Mentoring Young Adults In Their Search for Meaning, Purpose and Faith ~ Sharon Daloz Parks
  4. The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila (Three Volumes) and St. John of the Cross.
  5. Booknotes  America’s Finest Authors on Reading, Writing and the Power of Ideas ~ Brian Lamb
  6. Mental Health in a Mad World ~ James A. Magnes
  7. Maximilian Kolbe  Saint of Auschwitz ~ Elaine Murray Stone
  8. Traits of a Healthy Family ~ Dolores Curran
  9. Marrying Well  Stages on the Journey of Christian Marriage ~ Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
  10. Timelock  How Life Got So Hectic and What You Can Do About It ~ Ralph Keyes
  11. Ordering Your Private World ~ Gordon MacDonald
  12. Leadership in a Successful Parish ~ Thomas Sweetser, S.J. & Carol Wisniewski Holden
  13. Seasons of Strength  New Visions of Adult Christian Maturing ~ Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
  14. The Management of Ministry  Leadership, Purpose, Structure, Community ~ James D. Anderson & Ezra Earl Jones
  15. The Emerging Laity  Returning Leadership to the Community of Faith ~ Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
  16. Creative Ministry ~ Henri J..M. Nouwen
  17. Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling ~ Edited by Robert J. Wicks, Richard D. Parsons & Donald E. Capps
  18. Called to Parish Ministry  Identity, Challenges, and Spirituality of Lay Ministers ~ Greg Dues & Barbara Walkley
  19. Community of Faith  Models and Strategies for Developing Christian Communities ~ Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead
  20. Secrets of the Saints ~ Henri Ghéon
  21. Saints for Now ~ Edited by Clare Booth Luce
  22. My absolute favorite is The Cure D’Ars,  St. Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859) ~

Abbe Francis Trochu.

I just secured Saint Bernadette Soubirous by Abbe Trochu at the recommendation of my teacher and friend, Rev. Donald Pelous.

  1. Philosophy of Religion  The Impact of Modern Knowledge on Religion ~ Fulton J. Sheen
  2. The Holy Man of Tours  The Life of Leo Dupont ~ Dorothy Scallan

I’m fascinated by the ‘Holy Veil of Veronica’ and am in pursuit of more information on this beautiful Devotion to the Holy Face!

  1. Modern Saints  Their Lives and Faces, Volumes One & Two ~ Ann Ball
  2. Milestones ~ Joseph Ratzinger Memoirs 1927-1977
  3. Padre Pio  The Stigmatist ~ Rev. Charles Mortimer Carty
  4. Padre Pio  Man of Hope ~ Renzo Allegri
  5. Experiencing Lourdes   An Intimate View of the Miraculous Shrine and Its Pilgrims ~

Stephen Grosso

  1. I Married Adventure ~ Osa Johnson
  2. The Fifth Discipline  The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization ~

Peter M. Senge

  1. How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization ~ Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D
  2. Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition ~ Jordan Aumann
  3. The New Dictionary of Thoughts  A Cyclopedia of Quotations (1955!) ~

Tryon Edwards, D.D., C.N. Catrevas, A.B. and Jonathan Edwards, A.M.

  1. The Cedar of Lebanon ~ John Cosgrove, Catholic Family Book Club, Copyright 1965.  

One of my absolute favorites! Thank you Sr. Collette Trahan for this priceless gift!

  1. Holiness for Housewives (and other working women) ~ Dom Hubert Van Zeller

An absolute favorite, absolutely!!

  1. The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom ~ John A. Hardon, S.J.   Twenty Centuries of the Spirit and Substance of Catholicism! Wonderful!!
  2. Splendor in the Ordinary  Your Home as a Holy Place ~ Thomas Howard
  3. My Life with the Saints ~ James Martin, S.J.
  4. Spirit of Fire  The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin ~ Ursula King
  5. Fire Within  St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and the Gospel on Prayer ~ 

Thomas Dubay, S.M.

  1. The Tattered Heart ~ Mary Diane Langford, C.D.P.
  2. Everyday Spirituality  A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth ~ Robert J. Wicks
  3. Directory of the Sisters of Providence of Portieux  Containing the works written for them   

by Father Moye, Priest, Apostolic Missionary, their Founder

  1. Abandonment to Divine Providence ~ Jean-Pierre De Caussade
  2. Contemplatives in Action the Jesuit Way ~ William A Barry & Robert G. Doherty, S.Js.
  3. The Circle of Mountains  A Basque Shepherding Community ~ Sandra Ott, Ph.D
  4. Basque Anthropological Culture Perspectives ~ William A. Douglass, Ph.D and Joseba   

Zulaika, Ph.D

  1. The Joy of Full Surrender ~ Jean-Pierre de Caussade
  2. The Practice of the Presence of God ~ Brother Lawrence
  3. Forgiveness  One Step at a Time ~ Rev. Joseph F. Sica
  4. The Way   The Essential Classic of Opus Dei’s Founder ~ Josemaría Escrivá
  5. The Art of Pilgrimage  The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred ~ Phil Cousineau
  6. The Fathers of the Church An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers ~

Mike Aquilina

  1. A Theological Anthropology ~ Hans Urs Von Balthasar
  2. John Henry Newman   His Inner Life ~ Dr. Zeno, Capuchin
  3. Bernadette Speaks   A Life of Saint Bernadette Soubirous in Her Own Words  Rene Laurentin
  4. On The Road ~ Charles Kuralt
  5. A Little Catechism of the Curé of Ars by St. John Vianney
  6. Pope John XX11  Journal of A Soul ~ Translated by Dorothy White
  7. How To Make A Good Confession   A Pocket Guide to Reconciliation with God  ~

Rev. John A. Kane

  1. The Life of Man with God ~ Thomas Verner Moore, Carthusian
  2. The Apostles   Illustrated Edition ~ Pope Benedict XVI
  3. The Joy of Pilgrimage ~ Lori Erickson
  4. The Road Ahead ~ Bill Gates
  5. Straws from the Crib ~ Joseph E. Manton, C.SS.R.
  6. The Grace of the Rosary    Scripture, Contemplation, and the Claim of the Kingdom of  God ~ Father David P. Reid, sscc
  7. The Spirit of the Curé of Ars ~ Alfred Monnin
  8. The Sermons of the Curé of Ars ~ Translated by Una Morrissy
  9. Life’s Purpose ~ Wisdom from John Henry Newman
  10. Benjamin Franklin:  the autobiography and other writings
  11. The Cave of John the Baptist   The Stunning Archaeological Discovery That Has Redefined Christian History ~ Shimon Gibson
  12. The Day Christ Died ~ Jim Bishop  
  13. Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal   Letters of Spiritual Direction
  14. The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything A Spirituality for Real Life~  

James Martin, S.J.

  1. Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Grace  My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei~

Scott Hahn

  1. Spiritual Guide for Christian Living   A Retreat for Lay People~ Ronald A. Knox
  2. Orthodoxy  G.K. Chesterton  Introduction by Philip Yancy
  3. Mamma’s Enchanted Supper and other Stories for the long evenings of Advent

A Memoir ~ Carol DeChant

  1. Story of a Soul  The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux     Third Edition Translated from the Original Manuscripts by John Clarke,O.C.D.
  2. Sister Wendy on Prayer ~ Sister Wendy Beckett       Book 1
  3. Messenger  The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek   Jeni Stepanek
  4. The Spiritual Autobiography of Charles De Foucauld   Jean-Francois Six, Editor
  5. Signs of Life   40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots   Scott Hahn

Gwendolyn Clare Gauthreaux-Sherburne, my first cousin, purchased this book and waited in a long line for an inscription from Dr. Hahn after his lecture in Montgomery, AL on 27 April 2013.                                                               She uttered to him “My cousin, Bernadette, walks with you in her ear every morning after Mass and said for me to tell you that you and she are growing old together; that she couldn’t walk without you! Thank you for writing!!” His inscription with signature... “You’re welcome!!!” I really think the man might have been speechless!! I constantly watch for him on EWTN and learn so very much from everything that pours forth from his mouth!!! Recently while seated next to a religious she shared with me that her sister is in his parish and that they are the most wonderful, ordinary and humble of families serving in every parish ministry where help is needed!! God bless them all!

  1. Veronica’s Veil   Autobiography of a Carmelite Nun Sister Mary of St. Peter Translated by Rev. Emeric Scallan, S.T.B.
  2. Forty Years Missionary in Arkansas   Father E.J. Weibel 1853 - 1934   by Sister M. Agnes, O.S.B.
  3. Peace I Know   Udochukwu Vincent Ogbuji  (Fr. Udo!)  ~ Chaplain Olivetan Benedictine Sisters, Holy Angels Convent, Jonesboro, AR  20 July 2013
  4. Happy Are You Poor   The Simple Life and Spiritual Freedom  Thomas Dubay
  5. Little Talks with God             St. Catherine of Siena
  6. Walk in a Relaxed Manner  Life Lessons from The Camino  Joyce Rupp

My nephew, Nique, and I are planning to walk The Camino in three years2016…let us begin this pilgrimage with a little reading!! It should help the resolve! 

  1. Saint Thomas Aquinas   “The Dumb Ox”    G.K. Chesterton
  2. Pope Francis  Why He Leads the Way He Leads   Lessons from the First Jesuit Pope     Chris Lowney
  3. Edison   Inventing the Century   A Biography by Neil Baldwin
  4. Mother Angelica  The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles    Raymond Arroyo
  5. The Art of Praying   The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer

Romano Guardini

  1. Ordinary Work, Ordinary Grace   My Spiritual Journey in Opus Dei

Scott Hahn

  1. Go! You Are Sent   An incredible odyssey of faith   Genie Summers
  2. The Grace of Ars           Fr. Frederick Miller

I just can’t read enough about St. John Mary Vianney, the Curé de Ars!

  1. Notre Dame in the New World:  A Vision Realized   The study of Nineteenth Century America and its reality for the first Sisters of Notre Dame in America 

By Sister Louanna Orth, SNDdeN

  1. The History of the Sisters of Divine Providence  San Antonio, TX

Sister Mary Generosa Callahan, C.D.P.

  1. Sr. Wendy on Prayer (Sr. Wendy Beckett, Hermit)   Book 2
  2. Torn    Justin Lee
  3. Saint John Paul the Great       His Five Loves            Jason Evert
  4. Saints for Now            Edited by Clare Luce Booth, 1952
  5. Einstein  His Life and Universe         Walter Isaacson
  6. My Brother, the Pope        Georg Ratzinger As told to Michael Hesemann
  7. Pope John XXlll A Spiritual Biography   Christian Feldman  This wonderful Blessed man keeps crossing my desk, book after book and thought…I love him!
  1. Genius Born of Anquish  The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen  Michael W. Higgins & Kevin Burns
  1. Becoming Who You Are   James Martin, SJ
  2. Antonio’s Will   A Story of Sacrifice, Love, Tragedy and Injustice A Historical Novel by Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini
  1. Antonio’s Grace   An Island’s Plea for a Native Son   Book Two of the Antonio Series by Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini 
  2. Albert Schweitzer:  Out of My Life and Thought
  3. The Gift of Saint John Paul ll   A Celebration of His Enduring Legacy Cardinal Donald Wuerl  Archbishop of Washington
  1. Wind, Sand and Stars Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
  2. The Strangest Way  Walking the Christian Path Robert Barron
  3. Personal History  Katherine Graham
  4. The Solace of Fierce Landscapes   Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality Belden C. Lane
  5. The Geography of God’s Mercy  Stories of Compassion and Forgiveness Patrick Hannon, CSC.  Read during an upper respiratory infection assault that lasted for weeks and Fr. Hannon surely helped the medicine go down! Absolutely wonderful!
  1. The Mount Athos Diet  Storey, Todd and Storey
  2. A Family Farm in Tuscany Sarah Fioroni
  3. Pilgrimage   Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice  Edward Sellner
  4. The Way   Furrow   The Forge  St. Josemaría Escrivá
  5. My Life with Karol   My Forty-Year Friendship with the May Who Became Pope                                  Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz in Conversation with Gian Franco Svidercoschi
  1. Special Commemorative Edition TIME   Mother Teresa at 100  The Live and Works of a Modern Saint….inhaled the week prior to Mother’s canonization Sunday 04 September 2016!!
  2. Such a Vision of the Street     Mother Teresa – The Spirit and the Work Eileen Egan
  1. Something Beautiful for God   Mother Teresa of Calcutta  Malcolm Muggeridge
  2. Mother Teresa  A Complete Authorized Biography    Kathryn Spinks
  3. The Rosary in Space and Time    Ruth Rees
  4. Unfinished Business  One’s Mans Extraordinary Year or Trying To Do The Right Things   Lee Kravitz
  5. Dairy of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska  Divine Mercy in My Soul 
  6. Food In History…Prehistoric World  to the Modern World 1800 to the Present Day    Reay Tannahill
  7. Travelers Along the Way   The Men and Women who shaped my life… Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.



I will cease fire for now for I want to read, read, read!!!

This smattering of resources, references and books should get you started!!!


Absolutely love this venue in gifting for others; everyone wins

for ‘to know Him is to love Him is to serve Him!’



Upon request, audiocassettes (Really! Audiocassettes!! Keep reading!!) galore were given to me by Sr. Eileen Sweeney S.N.D de N. of Trinity University, Washington, D.C.. They are of lectures for the ‘Education for Parish Service Program’ over a three year period.  The majority of tapes are of Fr. David Reid, SS.CC. and Sr. Mary Ann Cook, SNDdN.  Other audiocassettes were gifts from my mentor, pastor, teacher and friends, Msgr. Irving A. DeBlanc and Fr. Donald Pelous and others acquired over time.


 I walk after daily Mass, a task that I would find impossible to do without these wonderful tapes/CDs in my ear with mind fully engaged while feet trod!

A few listed …


1.     A Journey Into Faith:  The Spirituality of Thomas Merton  Talks by: 

John Eudes Bamberger O.C.S.O., Henri Nouwen and David Steindl-Rast O.S.B.

2.      Thomas Merton Tapes (His Lectures at Abbey of Gethsamani! Wonderful!)

3.     Going on Retreat with Fr. Brian Mullady

4.     Back to Basics by Fr. Brian Mullady (Understanding Catholic Faith Through the Apostles Creed…)

5.     A Tour of the Catechism   Fr. Brian Mullady

6.     The Nature and Person of Christ   Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P.

7.     An Evangelization Retreat   Live  Fr. Brian Mullady

8.     History of the Catholic Church   Fr. Charles Conner

9.     Veritatis Splendor  The Splendor of Truth   Fr. George Rutler

10.  The Apologetics of St. Thomas Aquinas with Mark McNeil

11.  The Answers to the Seven Burdens of Life   Based on the Seven Last Words of Christ   Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

12.  Living the Call of Peace   Fr. Benedict Groeschel

13.  A Biblical Understanding of Mary   Scott Hahn

14.  The Gospel of Mark   Dr. Scott Hahn

15.  The Sermon on the Mount by Scott Hahn

16.  The First Epistle of Peter  A Bible Study with Scott Hahn

17.  Eternal Life presents…His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze  “The Liberating Power of the Catholic Church” & Father John A. Hardon, S.J., S.T.D. “…Not Only Will They Not be Saved” …responsibility as a Catholic in today’s world.        Absolutely powerful!

18.  “The Bible Says What?”  Dealing with Difficult Scripture Passages

Rev. J. Patrick Mullen, S.T.L., Ph.D.

19.  The New Testament:  A Guided Tour   Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.

20.   The Trinity  Exploring the Great Christian Mystery  Fr. John Farrelly, OSB

21.  God and Nature in Western Thought from the Dark Ages to the Enlightment   David J. Collins, S.J., Ph.D

22.  The Gospel of Mark   Fr. John R. Donahue, S.J.

23.  St .Augustine:  Life, Eloquence and Theology   Fr. William Harmless, S.J.

24.  Themes of the Gospel of John  John Sanford

25.  The Eagle’s Flight  John Sanford

26.  The Great Courses  Philosophy & Intellectual History  The Ethics of Aristotle  Father Joseph Koterski, S.J.

27.  Letter of St. Paul to the Romans  It’s Message for Today’s Church  Fr. Stephen Doyle, ofm, S.S.L.

28.  The Book of Job as a Drama  Rev. Lawrence J. Boadt, csp, SSD

29.  The Book of Daniel and Biblical Apocalyptic for the Millennium

Rev. Lawrence J. Boadt, C.S.P.

30.  Discovering the Power of Genesis  Rev. Lawrence J. Boadt,  C.S.P., STD

31.  The Book of Three Ages Isaiah   Rev. Lawrence J. Boadt, csp, S.S.D.

32.  Prophecy in the Old Testament  Part One  Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP

33.  Finding the God Within  The Message of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Margaret Dorgan, DCM

34.  Failure of the Liturgical Reform  Abbot Boniface Luykx

35.  Welcome to the Catholic Church on CD-Rom

36.  Therese  An Intimate Companion  Bishop Patrick V. Ahern

37.  St. Therese of Lisieux   A Triduum  Bishop Patrick V.  Ahern

38.  God in the Human Story  Through the Eyes of Thesese of Lisieux

Sr. Vilma Seelaus, ocd

39.   Making Sense Out Of Suffering   Dr. Scott Hahn 

40.   Why Do We Have A Pope?   Dr. Scott Hahn

41.  The True Meaning of Christmas   Archbishop Fulton Sheen

42.  The True Meaning of Easter   Archbishop Fulton Sheen

43.  Signs of Life  Catholic Customs and their Biblical Roots   Dr. Scott Hahn

44.  Abba or Allah  Important Differences Between Catholicism and Islam

Dr. Scott Hahn

45.  A Journey Through Advent    Fr. Robert Barron

46.  Who Do You Say That I Am? The Four Great Expectations of the Messiah

Fr. Robert Barron

47.  Following The Call of Christ   Biblical Stories of Conversion

Fr. Robert Barron

48.  Seven Deadly Sins   Seven Lively Virtues    Fr. Robert Barron


Will cease fire for now for I want to read, read, read!!!