Selected Writings on Romano Guardini

Studies & Commentary

Selected Writings by Romano Guardini

Excerpts from Books

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Online Texts by Romano Guardini

  • The Church and The Catholic Translated by Ada Lane. Sheed & Ward, 1935. Available online from the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).
  • The Humanity of Christ Translated from the German by Ronald Walls. Random House, 1964. Available online from the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).
  • Meditations Before Mass translated from the German by Elinor Castendyk Briefs. Available online from the Catholic Information Network (CIN).
  • Sacred Signs Translated by Grace Branham. Pio Decimo Press, 1956. Available online from the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).
  • The Spirit of the Liturgy translated by Ada Lane. Liturgical Catechesis Project.

Books by Romano Guardini

Learning the Virtues: That Lead You to God

The Art of Praying: The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer
The Essential Guardini: An Anthology of His Writings
End of the Modern World
Eternal Life: What You Need to Know About Death, Judgment, and Life Everlasting
The Inner Life of Jesus: Pattern of All Holiness
Learning The Virtues That Lead You To God
The Living God
Living the Drama of Faith: What Faith Is and Where It Leads You
The Lord

Guardini on Christ in Our Century, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [Pope Benedict XVI]. Introduction to The Lord.
Preparing Yourself for Mass

Reverence for the Sacred Review by Marty Barrack. The Catholic Faith, July-Aug 1997.
The Rosary of Our Lady
The Spirit of the Liturgy

Books on Romano Guardini

Romano Guardini: Reform from the Source

Romano Guardini (1885-1968) was one of the greatest Catholic minds of the twentieth century. He helped shape Catholic theology between the two world wars and after, as well as the thinking of many non-Catholics of the period. His influence contributed to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and it continues to be felt through Pope Benedict, who, as a theologian, a cardinal and now as Pope, has drawn extensively on Guardini for inspiration. Indeed, Guardini was a major theological mentor of Benedict XVI, influencing the Pope from his understanding of Jesus to his writings on the sacred Liturgy, from his view of faith to his perspective on the modern world.

Romano Guardini: Reform from the Source, written by another great theological mind, Hans urs von Balthasar, presents a kind of “roadmap” to Guardini’s thought. As an introduction to Guardini, von Balthasar’s study is intended to challenge readers to take up Guardini’s own writings and to find in him the wisdom that has inspired so many others. Many of Guardini’s influential works are still in print today, works that cover a wide range of important spiritual, theological and moral issues.

“Romano Guardini was one of the most important interpreters of the modern Catholic experience, someone we need to engage again and again. This winsome precis by Hans Urs von Balthasar provides an ideal place to begin.” — R.R. Reno, Featured Editor, First Things, Professor of Theology, Creighton

Romano Guardini: A Precursor of Vatican II University of Notre Dame Press (December 1997)

In Romano Guardini: A Precursor of Vatican II, Robert Krieg tells the story of one of the most creative theologians in the twentieth century, who anticipated Vatican II's commitment to read "the signs of the times." No other volume in the English language offers such a complete portrait of Guardini and his world. Exploring the context in which Guardini learned and taught, Krieg introduces us to his pastoral leadership, particularly in the liturgical and youth movements. Drawing on the more than 75 books and 100 articles written by Guardini, this book then examines the recurring major themes of his theology: divine revelation as God's self-disclosure, the church as Christian community, liturgy as play in God's presence, literature as expression of religious experience, Nazism as negation of personal existence, Jesus Christ as mediator, and Christian acceptance of modernity. Although he never intended to promote an ecumenical council of reform, Guardini's career-long commitment to both Judeo-Christian wisdom and intellectual exchange with contemporary thought resulted in his becoming widely regarded as a major precursor of the Second Vatican Council. Respected theologians such as Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger have acknowledged their indebtedness to him.

Romano Guardini: Proclaiming the Sacred in a Modern World, by Robert A. Krieg (Editor). Liturgy Training Publications (September 1995)