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At the Request of Nicholas:

My List of Scriptures/Hymns/Books that bear upon my

Spiritual Life: a very abbreviated version.


Song of Songs

Allegory of deepening dimensions: the love and betrothal of the Church (the Bride) and Christ (the Bridegroom) and additionally concerning the individual love and betrothal of our particular Soul (the Bride) to Christ (the Bridegroom) during its journey through the spiritual life taking us from the purgative through the illuminative and finally to the unitive way which is typical of mystical spiritual theology.

All the Psalms

For obvious reasons: they express love, praise and the battle between good and evil.

Luke 10:42

But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Luke 9:23

And he said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Hebrews 12:6 also see: Proverbs 3:12 and Revelation3:19

For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

1 Corinthians 10:13

. . . And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able . . .

Luke 12:48

. . . And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required . . .

Seven Last Words of Christ

  1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
  2. Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43)
  3. Woman, behold thy son. (John 19:26)
  4. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)
  5. I thirst. (John 19:28)
  6. It is consummated. (John 19:30)
  7. Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. (Luke23:46)

 A Song that Speaks to Me During Holy Week

O Sacred Head Surrounded from a poem by St. Bernard


The Book that convinced me that what I was searching for in my spiritual life was to be found in the Catholic Church

 The Ascent of Mt. Carmel by St. John of the Cross

And the Book to which I turn to when I am having problems sorting through the different spirits and problems we encounter from time to time

 The Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius of Loyola