The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis- Free Catholic Audiobook

A work of spiritual devotion, also sometimes called the “Following of Christ”. Its purpose is to instruct the soul in Christian perfection with Christ as the Divine Model. It consists of a series of counsels of perfection written in Latin in a familiar and even colloquial style, and is divided into four parts or books:

  1. Useful admonitions for a spiritual life,
  2. Admonitions concerning spiritual things;
  3. Of interior consolation;
  4. Of the Blessed Sacrament.

With the exception of the Bible, it is perhaps the most widely read spiritual book in the world. It was first published anonymously in A.D. 1418. Its authorship has been disputed, being attributed to various spiritual writers: St. Bernard, St. Bonaventure, Innocent III, Henry of Kalkar, John à Kempis, Walter Hilton, Jean Charlier de Gerson, and Giovanni Gersen. The claim of Thomas à Kempis has been completely vindicated in recent years.

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Saint Rose of Lima by Florence Mary Capes – Free Catholic Audiobook

Saint Rose of Lima, T.O.S.D. (April 20, 1586 – August 24, 1617), was a Spanish colonist in Lima, Peru, who became known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts. A lay member of the Dominican Order, she was the first person born in the Americas to be canonized by the Catholic Church. (Summary from Wikipedia)

 

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The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton – Free Audiobook

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was an influential and prolific English writer of the early 20th century. He was a journalist, a poet and a novelist. He wrote 80 books and 200 short stories in addition to his other work. He is perhaps best remembered for his ‘Father Brown’ stories; two collections of which are available at Librivox.org. ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ has some similarities to the Father Brown stories: Horne Fisher the eponymous hero is connected and indeed related to many of the high-ranking politicians of his age and thus ‘knows too much’ about the background of the mysteries in which he becomes embroiled and which he unravels. (Summary by Martin Clifton)

 

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Short Catholic Homily: Presumption – Free Catholic Audio

“A worldly presumptuous man about to fall into Hell” What if there is no tomorrow?

Why would short sermons that commenced over a century ago still be worthwhile to hear today?   To use an old cliche, “the more things change the more they stay the same”. The Apostolic Faith of our Fathers has been passed down to us and as such what holds true to previous generations holds true to us.  

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says there are two kinds of presumption. “Either man presumes upon his own capacities, (hoping to be able to save himself without help from on high), or he presumes upon God’s almighty power or his mercy (hoping to obtain his forgiveness without conversion and glory without merit).” CCC 2092 This sermon addresses the second type of presumption and preaches specifically on the line of Scripture “unless you have believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15: 2).

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Giovanni Animuccia:Credo in Unum Deum to The Tudor Consort

Original Image from a reprint of Un Catachisme en Images, Maision de la Bonne Press, 1909, derivative image work by AlleluiaAudioBooks.com

 

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The King of the Golden City by Mother Mary Loyola – Free Catholic Audiobook

This charming allegory will bring to the heart of the child a deep love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and an understanding of the graces received in Holy Communion. We follow with delight the little Dilecta in her meetings with The King; her struggles against the evil influence of Malignus, in which she is so ably helped by the Prince Guardian; from the hut in which she lived and where The King so often and so graciously visited her — right into His Golden City. (Summary from The Catholic World, Volume 114)

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The Life of Pope Saint Celestine V – Free Catholic Audiobook

Pope St Celestine V was the last pope before Pope Benedict XVI to retire because of health and old age.  Most people do not know though that he was a miracle worker and a major spiritual leader before being elected Pope.

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The audiobook is from The Lives of the Popes in the Middle Ages Volume 17, the section on St Celestine V. Written by  Msgr Horace Mann DD.  Alleluia Audio Books has edited the work, and may have change small portions of the language for clarity or for length sake.

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Fabiola, or the Church of the Catacombs by Cardinal Wiseman – Free Catholic Audiobook

This historical novel is set in Rome in the early 4th century AD, during the time of the cruel persecution of Christians under the Emperor Diocletian.

The heroine of the book is Fabiola, a young pagan beauty from a noble Roman family. Fabiola seems to have everything, including a superior education in the philosophers, yet under the surface, she is not content with her life. One day, in a fit of rage, she attacks and wounds her slave girl Syra, who is a secret Christian. The proud, spoiled Roman girl is humbled by Syra’s humility, maturity and devotion to her in this situation, and a slow transformation begins.

Woven into this fictitious story are a number of martyrdom accounts of real-life Christian saints, including Saint Agnes, Saint Tarcisius and Saint Sebastian.

Cardinal Wiseman wrote Fabiola in part as an answer to the vigorously anti-Catholic book Hypatia by Charles Kingsley. The novel was mainly aimed at the embattled Catholic minority in England, who had recently emerged from a half-illegal status. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)

 

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