“We are very pleased to announce the second year of the Catholic Summer Reading Program and our continuing official sponsorship of this exciting event.
Catholic Summer Reading 2008 begins the first week of June and continues until September. Just in time for summer vacation! Why not take a great book with you and discover the rich treasure of Catholic literature?
We'd like to invite you to join in book discussion groups at your parish or amongst family and friends. Many of the summer reading titles will be accompanied by reading discussion guides to help you, and others, get more out of reading these extraordinary books.
“The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency – the belief that the here and now is all there is.” – Allan Bloom
“Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a good book.” – Thomas a' Kempis
“Beware the man of one book.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
“The mere brute please of reading – the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.” – G. K. Chesterton
The Catholic Summer Reading program includes something for every reading taste – fiction, non-fiction and young adult books. To view the complete selection of titles in the program, please click here
Selected Catholic Summer Reading titles –
Father's Day is coming up on June 15. To browse the complete selection in our Father's Day specialty store, including Catholic greeting cards for Father's Day, please click here
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God's action is the model for human action. If God ‘rested and was refreshed' on the seventh day, man too ought to ‘rest' and should let others, especially the poor, ‘be refreshed.' The sabbath brings everyday work to a halt and provides a respite. It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money.”
A day of grace and a rest from work –
Just as God ‘rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done,' human life has a rhythm of work and rest. The institution of the Lord's Day helps everyone enjoy adequate rest and leisure to cultivate their familial, cultural, social, and religious lives.
Those Christians who have leisure should be mindful of their brethren who have the sames needs and the same rights, yet cannot rest from work because of poverty and misery. Sunday is traditionally consecrated by Christian piety to good works and humble service of the sick, the infirm and the elderly.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2172, 2184, 2186
More Catholic Summer Reading selections –
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St. Thomas Aquinas' Prayer for Guidance –
“O creator past all telling,
you have appointed from the treasures of your wisdom
the hierarchies of angels,
disposing them in wondrous order
above the bright heavens,
and have so beautifully set out all parts of the universe.
You we call the true fount of wisdom
and the noble origin of all things.
Be pleased to shed
on the darkness of mind in which I was born,
The twofold beam of your light
and warmth to dispel my ignorance and sin.
You make eloquent the tongues of children.
Then instruct my speech
and touch my lips with graciousness.
Make me keen to understand, quick to learn,
able to remember;
make me delicate to interpret and ready to speak.
Guide my going in and going forward,
lead home my going forth.
You are true God and true man,
and live for ever and ever.