I am not sure if this is the correct place to post, but since it deals with vocations, and is not necessarily about the CA Book Club, I will post here anyway. Please move this thread if needed. Thanks.
I have a very strong calling to the priesthood. If nothing changes I will be entering seminary in the next few years. Currently I am finishing up my undergraduate degree (in Theology and Philosophy) before entering grad school for theology this fall. I have some money saved up, and am looking to buy some books to better prepare me to be a good spiritual director and preacher. I am not looking for any books on discerning the priesthood, books that give a basic overview (although they are good), or apologetical works (Hahn, Kreeft, etc.). Rather, I am looking for more “academic” works with a lot of “meat” in them. I would prefer writings by the Saints. I am looking mainly for books that will be beneficial for me throughout my vocational process and during my priestly vocation. Cost is not an issue, since I won’t be buying everything all at once (as much as I can afford).
Currently on my list:
- Ancient Christian Writers Series (63 Volumes)
- Catena Aurea–Commentary on the Four Gospels, 4 Volumes
- Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers (4 vol.) A Manual of Preaching, Spiritual Reading, and Meditation
- Sermons of the Curé of Ars
- The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell, Heaven
- Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints
- Preparation for Death: Considerations on Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell
- Uniformity with God’s Will
- Visits To The Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary
- End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life
- St. Peter Chrysologus: Selected Sermons
- John Henry Newman: Selected Sermons (Classics of Western Spirituality)
- Some Copy of Lives of the Saints
- Imitations of Christ
Are there some major works that I am missing? This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather a good overview. If anyone can add to this list, specifically with works on sermons and homilies that would be great.