The Handbook of Catholic Apologetics by Peter Kreeft. And if one wanted to seek The Master: The Summa Theologica. I also like Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila.
would like to find someone who reads Merton or Richard Rohr
You're in the wrong topic to discuss Richard Rohr. Try "Authors every faithful Catholic should avoid like the plague" down the hall...
Merton's early works are OK; those starting in the mid-60s are very suspect:
It would be unfair to call Merton an unfaithful Catholic, or to insist that he became a Buddhist before his death. [...] Nevertheless, some of his ideas are dangerous. His later writings (see "Read with Caution," page 9) are more confusing than helpful, for they conflate and confuse Buddhist and Christian teachings. One example of that confusion is seen in a popular icon sold in many Christian and Buddhist stores that depicts him sitting in the lotus posture in Zen meditation. The night before his death, Merton told John Moffitt that, "Zen and Christianity are the future." This is precisely what the Holy Father has expressed grave concerns about.
...Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lesiuex. Really touched my heart & opened my eyes.
What is one book you would recommend?
I never read that, but our former Priest used to mention it quite often in his sermons. The book I recommend is The Life of Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich. She was a nun and had the stigmata. She was granted numerous visions by God. This is a link to all 4 volumes. (scroll down to click on each volume)
"He Leadth Me" by F. Walter Ciszeck. It is about a priest who was in prison for 23 years in Russia during WW2. It is a deep, spiritual refection of God's will. I always read this during Lent. Best book ever. Here is one part (that was used in a reflection for the prayer book, Magnifcat on 9/11) to give you a taste of his writing:
How easy it is, in times of ease, for us to become dependent on our routines, on the established order of our day-to-day existence, to carry us along. We begin to take things for granted, to rely on ourselves and on our own resources, to “settle in” in this world and look to it for our support. We all too easily come to equate being comfortable with a sense of well being, to seek our comfort solely in the sense of being comfortable. Friends and possessions surround us, one day is followed by the next, good health and happiness for the most part are ours. We don’t have to desire much of things of this world – to be enamored of riches, for example, or greedy or avaricious – in order to have gained this sense of comfort and well being, to trust in them as our support – and to take God for granted. It is the status quo that we rely on, that carries us from day to day, and somehow we begin to lose sight of the fact that under all these things and behind all these things it is God who supports and sustains us. We go along, taking for granted that tomorrow will be very much like today, comfortable in the world we have created for ourselves, secure in the established order we have learned to live with, however imperfect it may be, and give little thought to God at all.
Somehow, then, God must contrive to break through those routines of ours and remind us once again, like Israel, that we are ultimately dependent only upon Him, that He has made us and destined us for life with Him through all eternity, that the things of this world and this world itself are not our lasting city, that His we are and that we must look to Him and turn to Him in everything. Then it is, perhaps, that He must allow our whole world to be turned upside down in order to remind us it is not our permanent abode or final destiny, to bring us to our senses and restore our sense of values, to turn our thoughts once more to Him – even if at first our thoughts are questioning and full of reproaches. Then it is that He must remind us again, with terrible clarity, that He meant exactly what He said in those seemingly simple words of the Sermon on the Mount: “Do not be anxious about what you shall eat, or what you shall wear, or where you shall sleep, but seek first the kingdom of God and His justice.
Hi Matthew, another one of Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange's great books is: "Des Christen Weg zu Gott" or "Les Trois Ages De la Vie Intérieuer". Originally there have been two parts, but there is now a new print on the market: 2 in 1.
In case you know German, here is the link: www.novaetvetera.de Sorry I haven't found the English version.