Summer is the perfect time to sit on the beach (or at least in an air-conditioned coffee shop!) with a good book in tow. Maybe you are at that point in the summer in which you’ve read the book on the top of your reading list; so how about for your next selection you dig into a book that helps to foster your Spirit? We asked some inspirational people from the Old St. Pat’s community to share with us what is on their summer reading list.
“What are you reading this summer to foster your spiritual growth?”
Book: New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001
Author: Czeslaw Milosz
“His poetry is, for me, deeply spiritual. I turn to his poems especially in the summer months but really anytime when I want to slow down the rat race in my head.”
Fr. James Martin, S.J., Jesuit priest, author, and culture editor of America, said:
Books: With God in Russia and He Leadeth Me
Author: Walter Ciszek, S.J.
Book: The Red Tent
Author: Anita Diamant
“I’m rereading The Red Tent because it is so beautifully written and brings to life several matriarchs of the Bible.”
Book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Author: Michelle Alexander
“Funny that you asked. I just ordered the book today. I’m reading it as a spiritual reawakening – a focal point for my prayers – a context around which to center some justice initiatives in North Lawndale.”
Sister Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B., a Benedictine nun, author and speaker, said:
Book: The World of Yesterday
Author: Stefan Zweig
Book: The Everlasting Man
Author: G.K. Chesterton
“I have always been captivated by excerpts and little bits of Chesterton’s work, so I thought it was about time I spent some good time with this theologian’s writing and see how I might learn and be formed by an exploration of humanity – our essence, our foibles, and our ultimate destination.”
Old St. Patrick’s Church Library
We invite you to borrow and enjoy the resources of the Old St. Patrick’s Church Library on the third floor of the Fr. Jack Wall Mission Center, 711 W. Monroe, Chicago.
The Library is open Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please contact Bob Kolatorowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.