Recommended Texts for Catholic Home Library

Dealing with the challenges of the culture and to assist in understanding and explaining the principles of Catholic social teachings to friends and family members, it is important for every Catholic Family to have a “mini Social Teaching library.” This set of texts gives the clear and concise teaching of the Church on social justice and ethics. Social teaching is the part of the Gospel which we, as the Church, are responsible and privileged to proclaim and facilitate by social action.

Essential Texts (In addition to the Holy Bible):

From Ignatius Press

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Catechism of the Catholic Church (Online text)
2nd ed, Purchase from Ignatius Press

Compendium on Catholic Social Doctrine

Online Text

Pontifical Council on Peace and Justice
Libreria Editrice Vaticana, published in the U.S. by UCCB, Washington, D.C., 2005
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Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Online Text

UCCB Publishing, Washington, D.C., 2006
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 Other Texts on the Social Teaching

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An Introduction to Catholic Social Teachings
Fr. Roger Charles, SJ
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References for Spiritual Life:

An active spiritual life is the essential foundation for social action.  The following titles offer deeply spiritual reflection and practical ways to include prayer and meditation into daily living.  Any one of these will serve as spiritual guide and motivation.


The Church in America, John Paul II,A Prayer Primer, Igniting the Fire Within, Fr. Thomas Dubay, Ignatius Press.
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Reform of Renewal, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Ignatius Press.
Purchase from Ignatius Press. On the Front Lines, Fr. Jordan Aumann, OP, Alba House.
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The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, Apostolic Letter, John Paul II, Pauline Press, (Online text)

This Tremendous Lover
M. Eugene Boylan (Paperback)

Speak, Lord, Your Servant is Listening:  A Daily Guide to Spiritual Prayer, David E. Rosage
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