Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 19, 2019

Last year I put together a summer reading list for those nice afternoons on the beach or the back porch. I don’t know how useful it was, but I enjoyed it. So, I will try again. I am also starting before summer, which should help with actually reading in the summer. We will start with theology. If you want some books that you can really sink your teeth into, I think these would be some good places to start.

My first recommendation is the book that we used this year for RCIA: Introduction to Catholicism for Adults by Fr. James Socias. I greatly appreciate the book for a few reasons. First, I found it very readable and easy to get into. Second, I found it to fairly comprehensive. There is no way one book could cover everything, but for an introductory book this one does a good job. Third, it contains many little sections that highlight saints, Church documents, and many other things that could easily lead to further exploration of the faith.

For something a little more scholarly, I would recommend Ludwig Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma. I wouldn’t say that it is a classic text (it is only about 60 years old), but it is a solid text that articulates well the teachings of the Church.

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It is more of a reference work, but the three­-volume collection The Faith of the Early Fathers edited by William Jurgens. It is not designed to be read as a normal book, but the indices and the cross-reference material make for a great time of reading and exploring the faith that has been handed down for two thousand years.

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If you just wanted to dip your toes into the Fathers of the Church, Early Christian Fathers, edited by Cyril Richardson, offers a great selection of texts from the first decades of the Church. Where as the previous three-volume collection had only excerpts, this single-volume book contains whole texts and larger selections so you can get a better feel for the teachings that have been handed down to us.

~ Father Aaron Ferris

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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