“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries.” This quote is by the famous philosopher Descartes. Although I am not a fan of everything Descartes has to say, I don't think he’s too far off here. Reading a good book by a good author is indeed like having a conversation with them. By reading their book you’re looking into their mind, experiencing their world, and learning their wisdom.
In my opinion there are no greater people to have “conversations” with through their writing than Catholic saints. Catholic saints have written some of the most beautiful literature which inspires, educates, encourages, and informs us how to live a holy and happy life. Here is a list of ten classic Catholic books which any and every Catholic should read at some point in their life.
*If you're not much of a reader, or if you don't have much free time to pick up a book, many of these classic Catholic books have audio book versions.
- The Imitation of Christ by St. Thomas a Kempis
- Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
- Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross
- The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila
- The Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux
- An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales
- City of God by St. Augustine
- Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
- The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila
- The Confessions by St. Augustine
As you can tell, this list of great Catholic books by wonderful Catholic saints is in no particular order. These are just 10 of the many Catholic books written by wonderful saints who have so much timeless wisdom to share. Who wouldn’t want to have a conversation with any of these wonderful saints? What books would you add to this list of classic Catholic books? What does your favorite classic Catholic books list look like?