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‘Lord of the World’

Robert Hugh Benson

On at least two occasions – probably

more – Pope Francis has encouraged

journalists to read this obscure dystopian

novel, published in 1907. Lord of the

World depicts the rise of the Antichrist

and the Final Battle described in John’s

Apocalypse. Benson is eerily prescient in

describing our own contemporary world.


‘Father Elijah: An Apocalypse’

Michael O’Brien

This 1996 page-turner covers similar

ground to Lord of the World, but it

deserves its own entry. As thrilling as it

is thoughtful, Father Elijah tells the story

of David Schäfer, a holocaust survivor

who converts to Catholicism, becomes a

Carmelite friar, and is commissioned to

confront and convert the Antichrist.


‘Brideshead Revisited’

Evelyn Waugh

Waugh’s most popular novel, and not

even his best (that honour belongs to

Sword of Honour), Brideshead is the

tragic and compelling tale of ‘divine

grace operating on a group of diverse

but closely connected characters.’ It’s

also worth watching the 1981 television

adaption, which is one of the finest TV

series you’ll ever see. (But avoid, like

the plague, Hollywood’s 2008 movie

adaption. What a travesty!)



‘This Tremendous Lover’

Eugene Boylan

Boylan was an Irish-born Cistercian monk

who was founding superior of Tarrawarra

Abbey in Australia. He was renowned for

his spiritual direction and retreats: after

his visit to Kentucky, Thomas Merton

famously remarked, ‘This is the best

retreat we ever had at Gethsemani.’

Published in 1946, This Tremendous

Lover was an instant best-seller, and it

endures as a modern classic, describing

the length and breadth of God’s love for

souls and His pursuit of each of us.


‘Rediscover Catholicism’

Matthew Kelly

If Sheed is the Australian answer to

Chesterton and Lewis, Kelly is his 21st

century counterpart. Maybe Australia’s

answer to Peter Kreeft and Scott Hahn?

Published in 2002, Kelly’s Rediscover

Catholicism is an acclaimed best-seller

which inspires and equips its readers to

foster personal holiness and engage in

the modern apostolate.


‘Prayer For Beginners’

Peter Kreeft

Kreeft is a professor of philosophy whose

academic credentials are burnished

by his popular writings in philosophy,

theology and apologetics. In the tradition

of St Thérèse’s ‘Little Way’ and Msgr

Knox’s ‘Prayer of Stupidity,’ Kreeft’s

Prayer for Beginners is aimed at ordinary

souls who are sincere in their search

for God.

Fr John Corrigan

is a priest from the

Diocese of Ballarat.