Some Helpful Reading

Gladness Their Escort: Homiletic Reflections for Sundays and Feastdays. Monika Hellwig. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1987.  Originally published weekly in America Magazine over the three year liturgical cycle, they were published in book form in 1987. This book was given to me when I was ordained a deacon 21 years ago.  It has been a principal source of inspiration to this day. There are few copies available on for anywhere from $95 to $185 !

That Man Is You. Louis Evely.  New York: Newman Press, 1964.  A classic that sees the stories of the Bible as stories about us.  He shows us how to attune our minds with God's on such issues as Scripture reading, love of neighbor, forgiveness, the life of faith, lay spirituality and heaven. Out of print, but may be available over the Internet.

Preaching the New Lectionary. Dianne Bergant with Richard Fragomeni. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, Three Volumes: 1999, 2000, 2001. A literary-liturgical reading of each Sunday and major feast of the liturgical years A, B, and C. Indispensible!

Dangerous Memories: A Mosaic of Mary in  Scripture. Elizabeth Johnson. New York: Continuum Press, 2004. Tracing the story of Mary found in the Scriptures through the lens of the world in which she lived offers the reader a remarkable model for the contemporary disciple.

Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints. James Martin, SJ. New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2006.  Merton wrote, “To be a saint means to be myself.”  He believed that self acceptance was the beginning of sanctity. Father Martin takes that idea and helps readers understand and embrace their own story so they might be fully human and so true disciples.

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning. Ernest Kurtz, and Katherine Ketcham. New York: Bantam Books,1992.  A wonderful book full of stories that lead to a remarkable spirituality rooted in our brokenness and our ultimate dependence on God’s gift of unconditional love.

Against an Infinite Horizon: The Finger of God in Our Everyday Lives. Ronald Rolheiser. New York: Crossroads Publishing, 2001. “Faith is a way of seeing things.” Rolheiser sharpens that vision through the awareness of the ordinary in our daily lives.

Soul Brothers: Men in the Bible Speak to Men Today, Richard Rohr, art by Louis Glanzman. New York: Orbis Books, 2004.  An inspiring and challenging look at Biblical role models for the contemporary men.

Soul Sisters: Women in Scripture Speak to Women Today. Edwina Gateley with art by Louis Glanzman. New York: Orbis Books, 2002. An equally inspiring and challenging look at Biblical women as models for today’s women. 

Noisy Contemplation: Deep Prayer for Busy People. William Callahan.  Hyattsville, MD: Quixote Center, 1994  This eminently readable book seeks to build habits of contemplative praying which can flourish in the ordinary surroundings of our day, including situations of tension and conflict.

Earth Crammed with Heaven: A Spirituality of Everyday Life. Elizabeth Dryer. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1994.   There has  been an attempt is recent years to articulate a shift in attitudes toward lay spirituality.  This book is written for persons who are on an intentional spiritual journey that has everyday existence and the entire world as its focal points.

The Cultural World of Jesus. John Pilch.Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1996.  Each of three volumes covering the three liturgical cycles present cultural reflections on the Gospel for each of the Sundays.  Each essay highlights aspects of the first-century, Eastern Mediterranean, cultural world in which Jesus lived and suggests a cross-cultural comparison with contemporary culture.