Catholic Things

Books in Prayer

Hi, guys!

Something that I started doing in college was reading spiritual books while in prayer. The books that I’ve read so far have been written by or about saints or about teachings of or life in the Church. Some of the ones I’ve read have been about John Paul II or Joan of Arc. Discernment of Spirits or life of defiant Christian women.

But today, I want to talk to you about the two books I’m reading right now: the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and Why I Love Being Catholic.

I started reading St Faustina’s diary back in April. And I have a feeling that I’m not going to finish this book in 2019. This book is so packed with dense information. Any day that I read it in prayer, I read an average of one to three pages. The reason why is because it’s either incredibly dense, I don’t relate to what she’s writing about on that page, or I’m just bored with what I’m reading. Even though I might not relate or I might get bored with the passage(s) I’m writing, I would recommend this book to people who might want to read about Jesus’s mercy and/or the darkness a soul can go through.

I started reading Why I Love Being Catholic earlier this month. And this book is far more digestible and manageable than the Diary. I’ve already made it further in this book in a short amount of time than I have in the month or so that I’ve been reading the Diary. It’s written in digestible paragraphs that are easy to understand and relate to. On average, I can read more pages per prayer time in this book than I can in the Diary. I recommend this book to anyone who has attention span issues (like me) or wants to have an easily understandable book. Also, I’d recommend it to people who want to relate more to their Catholic faith or want to know that there are others who feel the same way they about their faith.

Both of these books are good in their own ways. But they do cater to different audiences. If I had to choose between the two and say which one’s my favorite, I’d say Why I Love Being Catholic. The reason why is because it is easy to get through and I can relate to some of the stories told.

Do you have any books that you like to read in prayer? Do you have any suggestions about books to read in prayer? Have you read either of the books I’ve mentioned today? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments below!

-Victoria

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