Lives of the Saints
Reading the lives of the saints has proven to make saints, including St. Augustine, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Great for Catholic Schools. Starts at creation, and gives a history of the world, specializing on the era B.C.
From the preface: “[Fr. Cochem] devoted himself, in addition to his pastoral duties, to the writing of pious books in a popular style. … His best and most popular work was the ‘Life and Sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary,’ of which this volume is an abridgment and rearrangement.”
- The Book of Saints: A Dictionary of Servants of God Canonised by the Catholic Church: Extracted from the Roman & Other Martyrologies
Short entries on many saints; a dictionary
Important: This book does not have any explicit approbations. It is included in this library because it seems to be useful. That said, it may contain heretical opinions. Be careful when reading it, and especially compare it with the other books in this library, which take precedence in authority over this book, since the other St. Joseph books here do have approbations.
According to Wikipedia, this is the author’s “most important literary work, […] on which he had spent endless pains”.
- The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude: Virgin and Abbess, of the Order of St. Benedict
Caution: this book has no official approbations, but is sold by TAN Books, and has a general recommendation by Bishop David Moriarty of County Kerry, Ireland, on 1870.
This book does not have approbations, but it is written by a priest and disciple of St. Charles, and has a preface by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, who had an active interest and role in this book’s publication.
The biography of St. Francis by his contemporary St. Bonaventure.
This book does not have approbations, but was written by a priest and edited (and probably translated) by another priest. It also says “Authorised Translation” on the title page. It’s also published by Burns, Lambert, and Oates, which are generally safe publishers. So it’s probably safe to read.