The Rev. Thomas Morrow from St. Catherine Laboure put together three spiritual reading plans. This is the advanced plan. The original list can be found on Fr. Peffley’s website (of course!). Here’s the list (links coming soon):
These works are more difficult reading but are deeply spiritual (No pain, no gain!)
1. The Complete Works of St. Teresa of Avila, 3 Vols, Institute for Carmelite Studies:
Her Autobiography (read this first), The Way of Perfection, Interior Castle, etc. You
must read this woman. Great!
2. The Complete Works of St. John of the Cross; Institute for Carmelite Studies:
Spiritual Canticle and Living Flame of Love, read first. Then try the more difficult, The
Dark Night of the Soul, and The Ascent of Mount Carmel. St. John was a
contemporary of and collaborator with St. Teresa of Avila in reforming the Carmelite
Order in the 16th century. Not easy reading but super classics!
3. Confessions of St. Augustine, Image and other publishers. The classic
autobiography of St. Augustine, sinner turned saint.
4. City of God, St. Augustine, Image Books. Another classic by Augustine. A
philosophical analysis of the two cities, the earthly, and the heavenly.
5. The Cloud of Unknowing, Anonymous, Image Books, Deep. On contemplation,
6. Writings of the Church Fathers such as St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St.
Gregory the Great, St. Ephraem, St. Ambrose, St. Basil, St. Gregory Nazianzen.