A good book is a wonderful gift to give to family and friends this Christmas. But let’s be honest, if you’re looking at this list, you’re probably more interested in selecting one of these titles for yourself! That’s perfectly fine. The Saints agree that spiritual reading is important.
“The harm that comes to souls from the lack of reading holy books makes me shudder . . . What power spiritual reading has to lead to a change of course, and to make even worldly people enter into the way of perfection.”
— St. Padre Pio
The Best Catholic Books To Give Or Get For Christmas This Year
A Stained Glass Rosary cleverly pairs a modern and sleek design with the richness of traditional sacred art to transform how you pray the Rosary. Increase prayerful focus and deepen your meditation as you become immersed in the 20 mysteries of the Rosary through stained glass masterpieces from the 13th – 17th centuries. With limited distractions and containing just enough content without being overwhelming, A Stained Glass Rosary is designed to be used while praying.
Each turn of a page reveals a mystery of the Rosary with its corresponding full-page stained glass art, spiritual fruit, and a Printed Bead Tracker. Simply move your thumb down the page of beads to keep your place, allowing the colors of the tracker to pull you into the scene of the stained glass.
While designed for adults, A Stained Glass Rosary is suitable for older children as well. It is perfect for those learning to pray the Rosary, those who want to pray on the go, and especially for those who desire to enter more deeply into the mysteries of the Rosary and the life of Christ.
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Thérèse of Lisieux is one of the most popular modern saints in the world, but the details of her life and spirituality are still not widely known and are somewhat of a mystery even to her devoted followers.
With over 150 stunning photographs, in-depth text, and plentiful sidebars on history, geography, and themes, this gorgeous work helps us enter into the universe of “the greatest saint of modern times” to discover the simplicity, yet depth of her daily life and of her relationships, both human and spiritual.
What does the Bible really say about the birth of Jesus? How did the celebration of Christmas
become associated with things like Santa Claus and decorated trees? In The True Meaning of
Christmas: The Birth of Jesus and the Origins of the Season, biblical scholar Michael Patrick
Barber offers an inspiring look at the Bible’s accounts of Jesus’ birth and the development of the
The Catholic Faith begins and ends with Jesus Christ, culminating in the Eucharist as its Source and Summit. “Behold, it is I,” Jesus says, and the faithful believe. Examining these words of Jesus, Fr. George Elliott and Dr. Stacy Trasancos provide some of the most convincing proofs for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist from Scripture, Tradition, and the scientific investigation of Eucharistic miracles.
Hallow is the #1 Catholic App in the world, downloaded over 1 million times and used to pray over 25 million times in 150 different countries! It is authentically Catholic and features more than 3,000 audio-guided prayers, meditations, Christian music, and audio Bible readings. Some of the content you can find on Hallow include a free daily Rosary, daily Gospel Lectio Divina, Daily Examen, and Daily Saint Meditation. Hallow also has praylists for Calm, Humility, and Joy, Minute Meditations for brief moments with God throughout your day, regular Litanies and Novenas, and meditations and prayers for Mental Health. Hear prayers and Bible Stories from your favorite Catholic speakers like Bishop Barron, Dr. Scott Hahn, and Fr. Mark-Mary, and enjoy Gospel readings from Jonathan Roumie and the #1 Bible in a Year Podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz. Hallow has so much content to bring you peace and into deeper relationship with God. Join Hallow’s #Pray25 Challenge this Advent to journey to Bethlehem with Mary. The #Pray25 Challenge features daily meditations bringing you into the story of Salvation with the woman who brought Christ into the world. For free access to all of the meditations on Hallow, sign up at hallow.com/catholiclinken.
The world is uncertain and ever-changing—but Catholics are called to be untroubled by the unknown and secure in the midst of insecurity. How can this be?
Untroubled by the Unknown, a booklet in The Curious Catholic series, was created to help draw busy Catholics closer to God by calling them to trust in his mercy. Fr. Mike Schmitz shows Catholics that enduring hope and trust is just as possible today as it was for the first disciples. Complete with questions for personal reflection or group discussion and real-life challenges after each chapter, this booklet is perfect for individual devotion or group study.
Readers will learn:
- What hope and trust really are
- 3 ways hardships can actually help to deepen faith
- How to face the unknown without fear
- Why mercy is the key to understanding trust in God
- How to surrender one’s own plans and trust in God’s plan
Do you feel like God is calling you to…something, but you don’t know what? Don’t know where to start? Do you find it hard to clear away the noise of life, and apps, and phones and really listen to God?
Pray for Us | Meg Hunter-Kilmer
How is it possible that a chain-smoking socialist, a teenage video gamer, an opium addict, a satanic high priest, a disabled beggar, and a self-absorbed mean girl became saints?
Popular itinerant missionary Meg Hunter-Kilmer will stretch your preconceived notions of holiness by exploring the lesser-known lives of seventy-five extraordinary people whose human struggles and limitations reveal the power of God’s grace.
What could be more familiar than the Christmas story—and yet what could be more extraordinary? The cast of characters is strange and exotic: shepherds and magicians, an emperor and a despot, angels, and a baby who is Almighty God. The strangeness calls for an explanation, and this book provides it by examining the characters and the story in light of the biblical and historical context. Bestselling author Scott Hahn who has written extensively on Scripture and the early Church, brings evidence to light, dispelling some of the mystery of the story. Yet Christmas is made familiar all over again by showing it to be a family story. Christmas, as it appears in the New Testament, is the story of a father, a mother, and a child—their relationships, their interactions, their principles, their individual lives, and their common life. To see the life of this “earthly trinity” is to gaze into heaven.
“Christmas Blossoms” by Priscilla Smith McCaffrey
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Catholic Children’s Books
In 1859, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a young woman named Adele Brise. Mary gave Adele a special mission: “To gather the children to the wild country to teach them what they needed to know for their salvation.” A chapel was built in honor of Our Lady of Good Help in the place where she appeared.
Champions of the Rosary introduces us to siblings Philip, Elizabeth, and John, who attend catechism classes with Sr. Adele Brise. Together, with their older brother James, they witness the raging Peshtigo Fire of 1871.
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