Divine Intimacy

From a reader:

Some time ago you wrote a post that mentioned the book Divine Intimacy. For whatever reason that stuck with me and after saving a little money in my book budget I purchased myself a copy. I have enjoyed it very much over the last few weeks. It is so much more dense (in a good way) than any other devotional type material I have ever had access to. Thank you for mentioning this resource and of course thank you for all that you do.
Please know that I pray for you regularly.


Divine Intimacy (in UK click HERE) was printed in a beautifully bound edition by the nice folks at Baronius Press. I warmly recommend it for daily reflection.

I had once upon a time thought to record the whole thing as an audio book and contacted Baronius about it, but they never got back to me with information about permissions, etc.  It could be great for the blind and for people who commute.  Oh well.  Get your own copy.

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  1. APX says:

    *sigh* I do wish there were more “old school” Catholic books in audio format. I have a 6 hour drive ahead of me today, half of which I have no 3G network or cell coverage (thanks Rogers) to download sermons off of iTunes. During those times it would be most helpful to have some actual audio books pre-downloaded to my playlist.

  2. Tina in Ashburn says:

    It looks like Amazon has that in four volumes for the Kindle which might allow for audio reading. Unfortunately, according to a reviewers there, the language is been updated and changed, and the calendar is not the old calendar Fr Gabriel used. “Highly revised” quoting one reviewer. Oh well.

    This book appears to be the only book my aged mother reads – aside from keeping up with other types of reading, Divine Intimacy is always next to her bed, and I frequently see her reading and re-reading it.

  3. Joseph-Mary says:

    I read and reread it! I mean daily throughout the year. Right now I am continuing reading on the Heart of Jesus and it is marvelous!

  4. Mary Jane says:

    Actually have two copies of this book! Now I just need to sit down & read it…lol.

  5. Supertradmum says:

    Mary Jane, do you want to sell one, cheaper than the English price, which is really high?

  6. Geoffrey says:

    I began reading this book (the Tan edition) years ago. I was overwhelmed with the vast spiritual wealth contained in it that I decided to read it daily for the rest of my life!

    I received the Baronius edition a few Christmases ago. The typos are annoying, but it is indeed beautifully bound, thinner than the Tan edition, and it is holding up to constant/daily use.

    My favourite meditation in the entire book would have to be the one for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul (29 June).

  7. mysticalrose says:

    I love the one volume version. It was particularly helpful during the octave of Pentecost since most other devotional texts follow the OF calendar.

  8. GregH says:

    Tina in ashburn
    Do you go to the Extraordinary form in Arlington diocese?

  9. Suburbanbanshee says:

    There are a lot of old-time Catholic audiobooks (from public domain texts and translations) available for free on archive.org, Librivox, etc. You can also look up many old Catholic podcasts that read audiobooks, like my old Maria Lectrix podcast.

  10. Mariana says:

    48 pounds, ouch! Where to get it more cheaply?

    Joseph-Mary, What book the Heart of Jesus is that?

  11. Texas trad says:

    This is an amazing book. My husband reads it everyday and never ceases to say, at the end of each reading, “this is a stunning book!”

  12. My Roman Catholic essential reading that I’m saving up for:

    – Baltimore Catechism no. 3

    – Divine Intimacy

    – Catena Aurea

    – Douay-Rheims Bible

    – Knox Bible

    – Confraternity New Testament

    – Summa Theologica

    – Confessions

    – City of God

    I’m sure the list will grow with time, but those are at the top of my list right now :)

  13. Philangelus says:

    Google Books has an ebook edition for $10 in what seems to be two volumes. I hope I can HTML this because the URL is a mile long.


  14. St. Epaphras says:

    Have the Baronius edition: well bound, good print. Best if read daily, I think. I very highly recommend it, though B. need to fix those typos.

  15. Texas trad says:

    Jonathan Catholic:
    The Douay Rheims Bible is now available on Amazon.com. It was only $26 just the other day. I bought one for a priest friend who has been searching for it. It is in soft back, but beautifully illustrated. You might check Amazon.com

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Silver City, New Mexico has a very large bookstore of unusual books. You can google them and go to their bookstore. I don’t know if you are in the U.S., but these sites might help.

  16. Thanks, Texas trad:
    Amazon.com has the Douay-Rheims Bible, as you said, and the good folks at Baronius Press (who I would love to support) have the Douay-Rheims Bible, together with the Clementine Latin Vulgate and the Haydock Commentary on Sacred Scripture, in one, fantastic volume; it’s fairly expensive, but I’ve had my eye on it lately.

    Baronius Press is also reportedly publishing in the fall a full Knox Bible, which is a somewhat looser, freer language, complementary translation of the Latin Vulgate by Msgr. Ronald Knox to be used alongside the Douay-Rheims, and I hope to snatch that up. B. Press also publishes the Catena Aurea, and you can get the Summa Theologica, translated out of the Latin by certain Dominicans, on Amazon.com in five volumes. Divine Intimacy can be purchased from B. Press, as can the Baltimore Catechism no. 3 and the Divine Intimacy mentioned here. Aquinas and More has the Confraternity New Testament in stock, which is a pocket-sized leather-bound orthodox translation of the Latin Vulgate New Testament from the 1940’s, and it’s only about $10. Confessions of St. Augustine can be purchased from Ignatius Press, and the City of God, from Amazon.com

  17. Whoops, mentioned Divine Intimacy twice there.

  18. Animadversor says:

    Try here for used copies.

  19. inIpso says:

    Love this book!!!!!

  20. Philangelus says:

    I found a used copy over at Abe Books for $36. Not a huge break, but cheaper than Amazon.

    [Although Fr. Z sure does appreciate it when people use his links and the amazon search box on the side bar! o{]:¬) ]

  21. Norah says:

    I debated whether or not to buy the cheaper version of Divine Intimacy but chose the one volume, which looks exactly like the picture on the post, and I am so glad I did. The beauty of the book enhances the beauty of father’s reflections. I didn’t realise that I would need the Extraordinary Form calendar to get on the right track but luckily I had my grandmother’s missal. I would love to purchase the Kindle edition but not if it has been “highly revised”- what a disappointment. For my daily spiritual reading I also use “In Conversation With God” by Fr Fernandez – I have been reading thsese little volumes for 10 years and still find things I didn’t notice before. I also read Fr Bartunek’s reflections in “The Better Part”. All of these reflections help me greatly in my walk with Jesus.

  22. Mariana says:

    My post earlier doesn’t seem to have registered….My thanks to Animadversor, I found a cheap copy!

  23. Animadversor says:

    Mariana, you are welcome.

  24. Tina in Ashburn says:

    GregH – Yes.

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