Becoming Human by Jean Vanier

Becoming Human by Jean Vanier, Anashi Press Ltd: Toronto, ON 1998. Print My notes from the book: Introduction This book is essentially 5 talks that Jean Vanier gave on the CBC radio program Ideas, the 1998 Massey Lectures. This book is more about … [Read more...]

Summary of On Loving God by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

You want me to tell you why God is to be loved and how much. I answer, the reason for loving God is God Himself; and the measure of love due to Him is immeasurable love. We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more … [Read more...]

Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge

Malcolm Muggeridge, a BBC journalist, wrote a very popular book on Mother Teresa in 1971. After conducting a TV interview that became unexpectedly popular across the world, Muggeride became close friends with MT and was profoundly influenced by her … [Read more...]

I Believe in Love: A personal retreat based on the teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux by Fr. Jean C.J. D’Elbee

Conference 1 - Love for Love The sublime exchange: Jesus takes our sins upon Himself, and we make His merits our own. "My sins on Him, His Blood on me." "In this evening of this life I shall appear before You with empty hands. It is just this - … [Read more...]

Mother Teresa’s Lessons of Love and Secrets of Sanctity by Susan Conroy

Here are my notes from the book: 1. You did it to me = See Christ in others: Her entire life’s work was founded on these words which Jesus Christ spoke: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, … Truly, I … [Read more...]

Summary of Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything by Robert R. Reilly

Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything by Robert R. Reilly, Ignatius Press, 2014. Before I summarize this book, it's important to highlight 2 preliminary notes Reilly makes. "I make no case from religion or … [Read more...]

Guilt by Caryll Houselander

Free PDF version of Caryll Houselander's book: Guilt (click here) -- My short (5-10 minute) summary of the book (click here) -- My long (1-2 hour) summary of the book with extensive quotes (click here) -- My thoughts about Houselander's Guilt: This … [Read more...]

Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert

Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert is a fantastic summary of the life of a truly extraordinary saint, JP2. The following are some points I drew from the reading: On the intense manual labour he underwent: “I was a labourer … [Read more...]

Race with the Devil by Joseph Pearce

Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love by Joseph Pearce is a great biography of a man who realized he was in the gutter and wallowing in the dirt as a leader of the National Front, a British-nationalist, white-supremacist … [Read more...]

Christian Fasting: Discipling the Body, Awakening the Spirit by Sr. Mary David Totah OSB

Jesus and fasting — Fasting is connected with Christ’s absence (Mt 9:15). Thus it is a law that no one fasts on Sundays or 50 days of Paschaltide. Denying material food, which nourishes our body, nurtures an interior disposition to listen to Christ … [Read more...]