A Free Mind
Hopelessly Devoted: Daily Words Worth Reading
In Conversation with God, Seven-volume set
Scepter Publishers, 1993
I have been reading this series every morning for ten years and have yet to find a daily devotional that is better or more complete. These small books contain brief meditations for every day of the Church's liturgical calendar, including feast days and the three cycles of Ordinary Time on Sundays. The reflections range from the sacraments and virtues to family interaction and friendship. The sensible and down-to-earth writing is enhanced by quotes from saints, scripture, popes, Church documents, and other such authorities. I especially enjoy the fact that this was translated from the original Spanish, meaning that things applying to my daily life and problems are exactly the same things faced by people in Spain, and around the world. I bought this one book at a time as they didn't have the slipcased version out yet, but would highly recommend springing for the whole thing at once. In the ten years that I've been reading it, I haven't ever gotten tired of these devotionals.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
U.S. Catholic Church
The idea of reading a section or page of the Catechism daily for meditation is one that I picked up long ago after hearing Archbishop Arinze mention his practice of doing so. It makes perfect sense because the Catechism is good for more than just looking up answers to questions. I am continually surprised at the beauty and eloquence expressed in discussing some of the most basic concepts. I suppose that is a lesson in itself. There is beauty in every concept when we are speaking of how to grow closer to God, the author of Beauty. Every household should have a copy of the Catechism so if you don't, this might be the perfect excuse to pick one up and have it serve double duty as a reference and daily devotional.
Julie Davis blogs about it at Happy Catholic and discusses both books and movies at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. Her new book is Happy Catholic, published by Servant Publishing. Follow Julie on Twitter and Facebook