From a reader…
Would my Baltimore Catechism No 4 and the Sacred Liturgy be best as a layman as my manual for daily life? I ask because I’m wondering if I should carry both my Catechism and my 1962 Missal with me wherever I go.
You are off to a good start with those, I think. Very good and relatively portable.
Keeping in the vein of portability, there are any number of small devotional books with prayers and meditations, etc., for personal use. There used to be a zillion of these little gems. I always watched for them in used books stores. They vary widely on account of age, and sex and spiritual inclination.
For example, and this is not a hard and fast recommendation – everyone is a little different – as I turn my head to the left towards a line up of books, pending and otherwise, among them is the diminutive prayer book by Preserving Christian Publications called
It has flexible imitation leather (the cover extends out so that it’ll protect the pages), a ribbon, gold-edged pages and it fits in the palm of your hand. Inside are the many prayers and novenas, readings from the Imitation of Christ, the texts of the Mass and certain Votive Masses, and the readings for Sunday and Holy Day Masses. It could easily go into a pocket.
There are any number of these precious little jewels of faith and devotion. It could be a nice gift, too, come to think of it.
However, your question also made me think instantly if a classic by Frank Sheed:
This is not only a summary of the Catholic Faith but also a way to clarify one’s purpose in life. Sheed was a brilliant writer.
Also, for different reasons, and depending on one’s vocational state, this could also help one as part of a “tool box” for life:
The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods
I don’t want to burden your EDC (“every day carry”), so I will stop there.
Oh yes… Rosary, for sure. Perhaps Brown Scapular and Medal of Our Lady of Graces (the Miraculous Medal).