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Fruits of the Spirit Book List

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Happy new year, sisters, and welcome to 2019! I hope that this idle Tuesday serves as a day of peace. Whether it is savored early in the morning over coffee, seized during naps, or in the cacoon of a quiet armchair still illuminated by Christmas lights, find a moment for yourself to take a deep breath and stand on the cusp of this new year. Resolutions aside, there can be such a wonderful feeling of possibility that comes with turning the first page of a calendar.

What do you hope to try this year?

What invitation is awaiting your “yes” or “no”?

How do you hope to grow in the next twelve months?

The Blessed is She Planner + the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Speaking of calendars, if you’re looking for one, the 2019 Blessed is She liturgical planners are debuting on kitchen tables, offices, and in purses across the country this week.

I wanted to offer a little sneak peek inside (get yours here—I like the mini). The planners have been beautifully paired with the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit in hopes that each month might serve as an invitation to grow more deeply in that particular fruit.

At the request of one thoughtful sister, we’ve put together a booklist for 2019 that mirrors the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit as outlined in the BIS liturgical planner. You might use this to supplement or add to your spiritual reading moving forward. Feel free to implement with a book club or Bible study group as well!

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Fruits of the Spirit Book List

As you will notice, some of these suggestions are really hefty theological reading. Others tend more toward the practical application—or even what this virtue is not. I’ve tried to be really intentional about sharing a good variety of voices that represent lay, religious, ordained, and ecumenical men and women (not all books are explicitly Catholic) in recognition of the spectrum of vocations and life experiences represented by this growing community of women.

I hope that this provides at least a jumping off point, but I think this would make for a great Facebook group discussion, too. What books would you add?

January // Charity

Justice and Charity, Fulton Sheen

The Poor Belong to Us: Catholic Charities and American Welfare, Dorothy M. Brown and Elizabeth McKeowen

God is Love (Deus Caritas Est), Pope Benedict XVI

The Way of Trust and Love, Fr. Jacques Phillipe

February // Joy

The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Living, St. Mother Teresa

The Joy of Discipleship, Pope Francis

Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough, Kay Warren

The Pursuit of Happiness God’s Way: Living the Beatitudes, Servais Pinekaers, OP

March // Peace

On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace, Hallie Lord

Way to Inner Peace, Fulton Sheen

The Peace Promise, John Kuypers

Searching for and Maintaining Peace, Fr. Jacques Philippe

April // Patience

A Golden Book of the Three Tabernacles: Poverty, Humility and Patience, Thomas A. Kempis

Patience and Humility: A Handbook for Christians, Fr. William Ullathorne

Love is Patient, But I’m Not, Christopher West

The Power of Patience: How This Old-Fashioned Virtue Can Improve Your Life, M.J. Ryan

May // Kindness

The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time, Fr. Lawrence Lovasik

On the Exceeding Worth of Kindness, Reverend J. Guibert, S.S.

Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, Henri J.M. Nouwen

Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue, Barry H. Corey

June // Goodness

You Crown the Year With Your Goodness: Sermons Throughout the Liturgical Year, Hans Urs von Balthasar

Gracious Goodness: Living Each Day in the Gifts of the Spirit, Melanie Svoboda

Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses, Ginny Kubitz Moyer

A Man of the Beatitudes, Luciana Frassati

July // Generosity

Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen

Courageous Generosity: A Bible Study for Women on Heroic Sacrifice, Stacy Mitch

Happy Are You Poor, Fr. Thomas DuBay

Not of This World: A Guide to Catholic Minimalism, Sterling Jaquith

August // Gentleness

Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control, Deanna G. Bartalini

The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown

Contemplate the Gentleness of God, C. Dumont

Gentleness, Robert Strand

September // Faithfulness

Come, Be My Light, St. Teresa of Calcutta

The Duty of Delight, Dorothy Day

The Reed of God, Caryll Houselander

Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy, Simone Troisi

October // Modesty

A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue, Wendy Shalit

Humility: Wellspring of Virtue, Dietrich von Hildebrand

The Other Side of Beauty, Leah Darrow

Dressing with Dignity, Colleen Hammond

November // Self-Control

Leisure as the Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life, Gretchen Rubin

Momnipotent, Danielle Bean

Story of a Soul, St. Therese of Lisieux

December // Chastity

The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition): Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On, Dawn Eden

Back to Virtue, Peter Kreeft

The Courage to Be Chaste, Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel C.F.R.

Theology of the Body for Beginners, Christopher West

Reading, Learning, and Loving in the New Year

I cannot imagine what the past year has meant for you or what the new year will bring. And yet, this is as good a new beginning as any. Being a native of the cold north, I continue to hold onto this notion of the new year as this wonderful, windy, wild place—which are many of the same adjectives I find myself using to describe the Holy Spirit.

Here’s to a new year full of life, inspiration, wisdom, virtue, community, and sisterhood.

Come, Holy Spirit!

What spiritual books are you reading this year? Will you pick up anything from this list? Let’s share ideas in the comments!

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Katie Cassady is a regular contributor to the BIS blog. She is a wife and mom to two little girls in Denver, CO. Steeped in theological reflection, beekeeping and motherhood, she is appreciative of any and all wisdom she can glean from those living intentional lives of faith. Find out more about her here.

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3 Comments

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    Colleen Hammond
    January 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    What an amazing list!!! (And I’m honored to see my book on there for October, too!)

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    Ashley
    January 2, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    This is AWESOME! Thank you!

    I wanted to make a suggestion that for your next planners, could you include Ember Days in there? That would be super helpful! Thank you!

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    Deanna Bartalini
    January 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Great list and honored to be on it for August! Thanks. Just finished reading the Reed of God by Caryll Houselander, great book.

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