Fr. de Rosa’s Fireside Chat Book Recommendations

Fireside Chat Book Recommendations by Father de Rosa

As of July 8, 2020

(Bolded titles are available in our parish library in King George)
Theology
Theology and Sanity by Frank J. Sheed
The Primary Child (1918–books found at St Elizabeth’s)
The Faith Explained by Leo J. Trese
Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Karl Keating
Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine published by Ott  (TAN books)
Summa Contra Gentiles by St. Thomas Aquinas
On Evil by St. Thomas Aquinas
Tour of the Summa by Fr. Paul Glenn
Catholicism and Reason by Rev. Edward J. Hayes
Apologia Pro Vita Sua by John Henry Newman
Peace of Soul by Bishop Fulton Sheen
Old Errors and New Labels by Archbishop Fulton Sheen
The Philosophy of Communism by Charles J. McFadden    (Recommended by Bp. Sheen)
The Catechism of the Council of Trent  (Must read!)

Devotional
Douay-Rheims Bible and Clementina Vulgata (Latin/English) translated by Bishop Richard Challoner
Douay-Rheims Bible (Old English style translated from the Latin Vulgate of St. Jerome) A.D 1582/1610
Holy Bible—Revised Standard Version (Catholic Edition)
The Navarre Bible:  The Gospel of John   (All of these are good!)
In Sinu Jesu by A Benedictine Monk
Total Consecration by St Louis de Montfort
True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Louis de Montfort
Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales
Deliverance Prayers by Father Chad Ripperger
The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean Baptiste Chautard
All for Jesus by Father Frederick Faber
Life Everlasting by Garrigou-Lagrange
Three Ages of the Interior Life by Garrigou-Lagrange
The Mother of the the Saviour by Garrigou-Lagrange
Wood of the Cradle; Wood of the Cross by Caryll Houselander
The End of the Present World by Fr. Charles Arminion
Journal of a Soul by Pope John XXIII
Manual for Men by Thomas J. Olmsted
My Daily Bread by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood
Saint Among Savages (St. Isaac Jogues) by Francis Talbot, S. J.
With God in Russia by Walter J Ciszek, S. J.
Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur by Elisabeth Leseur
The Divine Comedy by Dante

 Traditional Latin Mass
Missale Romanum 1571 of Pope St. Pius V (a facsimile of the fabled “Tridentine Missal”)
The Liturgy of the Roman Church by Archdale Arthur King
Organic Development of the Liturgy by Alcuin Reid, O.S.B.
1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal by Baronius Press
The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Gueranger   (15 Volumes) This Benedictine monk reestablished the
grand monastery of Solesmes and  was the great restorer of the Roman Rite in 19th Century France
Explanation of the Holy Mass by Dom Prosper Gueranger

Church Documents
From the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
In Defense of the Catholic Doctrine on the Church (1973)
On the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church

From the Pontifical Biblical Commission:
On the Historicity of the Gospels
 
Encyclicals
Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846):  On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism (Mirari Vos)
Pope Pius IX (1846-1878):  Defending the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception (Ineffabilis Deus)

Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903):   The Restoration of Christian Philosophy (Aeterni Patris)
On the Study of Sacred Scripture (Providentissimus Deus)
On Jesus Christ Our Redeemer (Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus)
On the Nature of Human Liberty (Libertas Praestantissimum)
On the Origin of Civil Power (Diuturnum)
On Slavery in the Missions (Catholicae Ecclesiae)
On Religious Union (Pastoralis Vigilantiae)
On Catholicism in the United States (Longinqua)
On the Church in the United States (In Amplissimo)
On the Condition of the Working Classes (Rerum Novarum)
Freemasonry (Humanum Genus)
On the Unity of the Church (Satis Cognitum)
Pope Pius X (1903-1914):  On the Doctrines of the Modernists (Pascendi)
Pope Pius XI (1922-1939):  On Atheistic Communism (Divini Redemptoris)
On Christian Marriage (Casti Connubii)
On St. Thomas Aquinas (Studiorum Ducem)
On Social Reconstruction (Quadragesima Anno)
Pope Pius XII (1939-1958):  Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine (Humani Generis)
On the Promotion of Biblical Studies (Divino Afflante Spiritu)
On the Mystical Body of Christ and our Union in it with Christ (Mystici Corporis Christi)
On the Function of the State in the Modern World (Summi Pontificatus)
On the Sacred Liturgy (Mediator Dei)
On Devotion to the Sacred Heart (Haurietis Aquas)
Pope John XXIII (1958-1963):  God’s Eternal Wisdom (Aeterna Dei sapientia)
Pope Paul VI (1963-1978):  On the Regulation of Birth (Humanae Vitae)
The Unfathomable Riches of Christ (Investigabiles Divitias Christi)
The Credo of the People of God (Solemni Hac Liturgia)
Pope John Paul II (1978-2005):  The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae)—Must read!
Faith and Reason (Fides et Ratio)
On Catholic Universities (Corde Ecclesiae)
On Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone (Ordinario Sacerdotalis
The Fellowship of the Family (Familiaris Consortio)—Must Read!
St. Joseph in the Life of the Church
On the 100th Anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum
Life of the Holy Spirit in the Church (Dominum et Vivificantem)
Mother of the Redeemer
The Redeemer of Man
The Splendor of Truth (Veritatis Splendor)
Vatican Website to Search for Encyclicals: http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html

The Didache Series by Midwest Theological Forum (Opus Dei)  (Read them all!)
Catholicism
The History of the Church
Our Moral Life in Christ
The Church
The Sacraments
Faith and Revelation
Mystery of Redemption
The Blessed Trinity
Understanding the Scriptures

History
Ten Battles that Every Catholic Should Know by Michael D. Greanery
Swords Around the Cross by Dr. Timothy O’Donnell
The Path to Rome by Hillare Belloc
The Age of the Gods by Christopher Dawson
The Pope’s Legion by Charles A. Coloumbe
Last Testament: In My Own Words by Pope Benedict XVI
Juan Patron by parishioner Paul ??
The Life of St. John Vianney by Francis M. de Rosa (when in seminary–translated into Norwegian)
The Victorians:  12 Titans Who Forged Britain by Jacob Rees-Mogg
The Servile State by Hillare Belloc
Rome and the Eastern Church by Aidan Nichols
The Russian Church and the Papacy by Vladimir Soloviev
Lourdes by Ruth Harris
The Body of St Bernadette (pamphlet)
La Merica by Michael La Sorte
Empires of the Sea by Roger Crowley
Witness to Hope by George Weigel
The Liberation of One by Romuald Spasowski
The Founder’s Almanac by Matthew Spalding
No Basta La Justica (in Spanish)
El Salvador:  Images We Cannot Forget (in Spanish)
Orestes Brownson:  Sign of Contradiction by R. A. Herrara
Blood of Brothers by Stephen Kinzer
Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War by Patrick Buchanan
The Facts About Luther by Msgr. Patrick O’Hare
The Last Crusader:  Isabella of Spain by William Thomas Walsh
Empires of the Seas by Roger Crowley
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas Woods (Read it!)
Those Terrible Middle Ages! By Regine Pernoud
Women in the Days of the Cathedrals by Regine Pernoud
The Crusaders by Regine Pernoud

American History
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
The American Republic by Orestes A. Brownson
The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government by Jefferson Davis  (2 Vols)
Commonwealth Catholicism by Father Gerald P. Fogarty, S. J.
Our Land and Our Lady by Daniel Sargeant
Dear Old Ellwood by Carolyn Jones Elstner
The Character and Faith of Robert E. Lee:  In His Own Words edited by Curt Lee

History Books by Dr. Warren Carroll
History of Christendom (5 Volumes—this is a slow read!)
The Founding of Christendom
The Building of Christendom
The Glory of Christendom
The Cleaving of Christendom
The Revolution Against Christendom
1917: Red Banners, White Mantle (Everyone MUST read!  It gives an insight into what is happening NOW)
Isabel of Spain
The Rise and Fall of the Communist Revolution
The Last Crusade

Books by Fr. Adrian Fortescue
The Early Papacy
The Orthodox Eastern Churches
The Lesser Eastern Churches
The Uniate Eastern Churches

Books by Scott Hahn
The Lamb’s Supper
Hope to Die

Interesting
Origin of the Human Species by Dennis Bonnette
Can a Catholic Be A Democrat? by David Carlin
Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic by the Institute of Medicine
The Drama of Atheistic Humanism by Henri de Lubac, S. J.
Intercollegiate Studies Institute booklets (NOT the one on Religious Studies)
The Savior of Science by Stanley L. Jaki
Revolution and Counter-Revolution by Plinio Correa de Oliveira
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Living Machines by E. Michael Jones
May I Quote You, General Lee by Randall J. Bedwell
Living on Fire:  The Life of L. Brent Bozell Jr. by Daniel Kelly

Tolkein
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein
Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkein
Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Lord of the Rings (3 vols—1965 edition) by J.R.R. Tolkein
The History of Middle Earth by Christopher Tolkein  (3 Parts)

Politically Incorrect Guides
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism by Kevin D. Williamson
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism by Dr. Robert P. Murphy
The Politically Incorrect Guide to British Empire by H. W. Crocker III
The Politically Incorrect Guide to English Literature by Elizabeth Kantor
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution by Kevin R. C. Gutzman

Light Reading
The Bridal Wreath (3 book set) by Sigrid Undset
“Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
How to be an Italian by Lou D’Angelo
Mother Tongue:  English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
St Anthony Parish Cookbook
 
Marriage and the Family
Dear Newlyweds by Pope Pius XII
Habits for a Healthy Marriage by Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker
Strong Mothers, Strong Sons by Meg Meeker

Freemasonry
Behind the Lodge Door by Paul Fisher
Why Catholics Cannot be Freemasons by John Salza
The Brotherhood by Stephen Knight

Planned Parenthood
Blessed Be the Barren:  The Social Psychology of Planned Parenthood by Robert G. Marshall
Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society by Elasah Drogin
War Against Population by Jacqueline Kasun

Psychology and Sociology
Healing the Unaffirmed by Conrad W. Baars
Faith for the Fatherless by Paul C. Vitz
The Anti-Mary Exposed:  Rescuing the Culture from Toxic Femininity by Carrie Gress
Same-Sex Attraction: A Parent’s Guide by John F. Harvey
A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality by Joseph Nicolosi
Homosexuality and Hope by Catholic Medical Assoc.
The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction by Janelle Hallman
Breaking Free by Stephen Wood (a short pamphlet on using Scripture to break a pornography vice)
Catholic Advanced Medical Directives (for end of life decisions)
https://www.cdrcmfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Advance-Medical-Directive_English_rev2018.pdf

In French: 
Historic Comic Books by Reynald Secher
Le Roman de Charette by Phillipe de Villiers
Le Grandes Guerisons de Lourdes by Prosper Gustave Boissarie
Cathelineau (Comic Book) by Colin Dupuy and Regis Parenteau-De Noel

Italian
Italian:  A Self Teaching Guide by Edoardo A. Lebano
Italian for Educated Guessers by C. Peter Rosenbaum
501 Italian Verbs by John Colaneri, Ph.D.

Spanish
La Cruz en America by Juan Louvier C.
La Tragedia en Humanismo Ateo

French
501 French Verbs by Christopher Kendris, Ph.D.

Latin
A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin by John F. Collins
Conversational Latin by John C. Traupman
Latin Quips at Your Fingertips by Rose Williams