Past Third Order Reading Assignments


2018-2019 Reading Assignments


The two books the 2018-2019 year, were:

    1. For the fall: Augustine's treatise on the Sermon on the Mount.  
      1. This is the best value available: <>  
      2. It is also available free online here: <>
    2. For the winter and spring: Augustine's homilies on the Psalms, "Essential Expositions On The Psalms".
      1. Preferred edition: <>
      2. If you cannot afford this edition, they can be found online, though it is not as useful/reliable as one would like: <>


The 2019 Winter general meetings had these particular pages "Essential Expositions On The Psalms" assigned for reading: 

January: Introduction to the book, pp. 13-48
February: Psalm 119, pp. 59-72
March: Psalm 140, pp. 267-294
April: Exposition 1 of Psalm 33: pp. 113-123
May: Exposition of Psalms 54 & 72, pp. 339-367 and 241-265
June: Exposition of Psalm 41, pp. 417-435; (and an optional reading of Sermon on Psalm 83 - not in this book, but attached below).


For the June 9th meeting: St. Augustine's commentary on Psalm 41; and an optional reading of St. Augustine's Sermon on Psalm 83 (below); a supplemental reading of "Praying With The Psalms" by Fr. Jean-Luc Vesco, O.P. (below) was recommended.


For the May 19th meeting: St. Augustine's commentaries on Psalms 54 & 72, pp. 339-367 and 241-265.


For the April 7th meeting: St. Augustine's commentary no. 1 on Psalm 33 (pp. 113-123). 


For the March 10th meeting: St. Augustine's commentary on Psalm 140 (pp. 267-294). 


For the February 10th meeting: the value of the psalms, according to the insights of the Church Fathers, and a brief introduction to what the psalms meant for St. Augustine.  The reading is Psalm 119 from theEssential Expositions of the Psalms, pp. 59-72.  If you do not have the book, the reading (greatly abridged) can be found here:


For the January 13th meeting: historical notes on the Psalms


For the December 9th meeting: an exposition on the prophecies of Isaiah. 


For the November 11th meeting: an overview of St. Augustine's vision of moral theology based on his treatise of the Sermon On The Mount.


For the October 14th meeting: a summary of the erroneous systems of morality was given. We were to have continued reading St. Augustine's treatise on the Sermon On The Mount.


For the September 9th meeting, an overview of the basic concepts involved in Moral Theology was given. The reading was to begin reading St. Augustine's treatise on the Sermon On The Mount. 


2017-2018 Reading Assignments


The reading for the June 10th meeting was the concluding chapters - Chapters 13 through 15 from St. Augustine's De Trinitate here. (Father has recommended purchasing the translation by Edmund Hill, O.P.). 


The reading for the May 13th meeting was Chapters 8 through 12 from St. Augustine's De Trinitate here


The reading for the April 15th meeting was Chapters 4 through 7 from St. Augustine's De Trinitate here.


Reading from the March 2018 meeting can be downloaded here:

Chapters 1 through 3 from St. Augustine's De Trinitate here.


Reading from the February 2018 meeting:


Readings from the January 2018 meeting:



Readings from the December 2017 meeting:



Readings from the November 2017 meeting:


Readings From the October 2017 meeting:


September 2017 meeting:

Initial meeting - no advance reading assignment.