The Importance of Spiritual Reading – Father Faber – Free Catholic Audiobook

As a visitor of a Catholic audiobook website you probably already make spiritual reading/listening a part of your life (or wish to do so), but did you know how helpful it is to the salvation of the soul.  Father Faber, that great Catholic convert of England who wrote the famous hymn “Faith of our Fathers”, expounds on over 20 reasons why a taste of reading is helpful to the spiritual life and also how especially valuable reading the lives and writings of the Saints are helpful.  In this Audiobook you will learn:

  1. Why a taste for reading, of even works that are indirectly spiritual, helpful to the spiritual life.
  2. How grace works through reading the lives of the Saints.
  3. How helpful reading the instruction of the Saints is to our own daily living.
  4. Why the Saints are the best examples of wisdom and prudence.

 

Text source:

Sources: This audiobook uses a chapter from Spiritual Conferences of Father Faber and An Essay on the Beatification and Canonization of Saints  both works are in the Public domain.   The CD covers was designed with the following images from wikipedia commons and is used with an attribution license:

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Summa Theologica – Pars Prima Secundae, Treatise on Law and Graces by St. Thomas Aquinas – Free Catholic Audiobook

The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or simply the Summa, written 1265–1274) is the most famous work of Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274) although it was never finished. It was intended as a manual for beginners and a compilation of all of the main theological teachings of that time. It summarizes the reasoning for almost all points of Christian theology in the West, which, before the Protestant Reformation, subsisted solely in the Roman Catholic Church. The Summa’s topics follow a cycle: the existence of God, God’s creation, Man, Man’s purpose, Christ, the Sacraments, and back to God. (Summary adapted from the Wikipedia)

This selection of the Summa Theologica covers questions 90-114 of the Prima Secundae (“First-half of the Second Part”), comprising Treatises on Law (questions 90-108) and Grace (questions 109-114).

 

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The Heroic Nuns of Minsk – Free Eastern Catholic Audiobook

Czar Nicholas I of Russia  nearly destroyed the Ruthenians and other Eastern Catholic Christians who refused to abandon their fidelity to the Pope in one of the most effective and brutal persecutions the Catholic Church has known.  Learn about the brave Martyrs and Confessors of the East who endured everything from torture, work camps, and even having their children sold into slavery for remaining in the unity of the Catholic Church.  We follow with particular attention the Holy Nuns of Minsk who did not have a single Nun fall into schism despite years of torture and many martyrdoms.

 

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Sources: This audiobook is an abridgment of: The Essay Czar Nicholas I and the Holy See in the American Catholic Quarterly Review Volume 30 from 1905 and is in the Public domain. The Story of the Nuns of Minsk was taken from Pictures of Christian Heroism (also in the public domain) in their own chapter and is complete.   The CD cover was designed with a Stained Glass picture under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

 

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St Bernard Homilies: For Christmas Eve and Christmas- Free Catholic Audio

St Bernard of Clairvaux is considered the last father of the Church and is called the Doctor Mellifluus, or the honey doctor,  because his Praise of Jesus Christ flowed like honey.

St Bernard instructs us on: The Left Hand and the Right Hand of our infant Lord.  How the pride are blind? The difference between the widom of the world and flesh versus what is peaceable and chaste.  How the infant Christ was the fountain of devotion spoken of by Isaiah.  How the Nativity is medicine from the Good Physician?  How those who are engaged in useful labor and employment are fit to be visited by angels.

Sources

Bernard, of Clairvaux, Saint. Sermons of St. Bernard on Advent and Christmas : including the famous treatise on the incarnation called “Missus est”. London: R.T. Washbourne, 1909.

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The Great Advent Homilies of St Bernard of Clairvaux – Free Catholic Audiobook

St Bernard of Clairvaux is considered the last father of the Church and is called the Doctor Mellifluus, or the honey doctor,  because his Praise of Jesus Christ flowed like honey.  Hear some of his famous Advent Homilies recorded now on Audiobook to help prepare your heart for Christmas.

St Bernard instructs us on: Why God the Son and not God the Father or the Holy Spirit became Incarnate? How humility is the most necessary virtue and is to preferred to virginity.  How St Joseph never expected Mary of adultery or impurity in any way when he found out that she was with child and was thinking of ending their engagement.  Why did God choose to have St Joseph as the husband of Mary and guardian of the Christ Child?  You will also hear St Bernards famous soliloquy on Mary being the Star of the Sea.

If you begin to sink in the gulf of melancholy and despair, think on Mary. In dangers, in distress, in perplexities, think on Mary, call on Mary. Let her not depart from your lips, let her not depart from your heart, and, that you may win the suffrage of her prayers, never depart from the example of her life. Following her, you will never go astray. St Bernard of Clairvaux

 

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Short Catholic Homily: 2nd Week of Advent – Cowardly Catholics- Free Catholic Audio

Summary of Homily

St John the Baptist was praised by Jesus Christ our Lord for not yielding to human respect and preaching the truth.  The homilist points out that if our Lord came back today he would not find this same virtue even among those who are considered “good Christians.”  Our salvation depends on bearing witness to Christ.

 

Prayer to St John the Baptist to Overcome Human Respect

O UNCONQUERED martyr, who for the honor of God and the salvation of souls, didst, with heroic constancy, and at the cost of life itself, withstand the impious Herod, reproving him openly for his bad and dissolute life; obtain for us a brave and generous heart, so that, overcoming all human respect, we may boldly profess our faith, and follow the teaching of our divine master Jesus Christ.  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Source of this homily:

An Excerpt From :
Priests of the Congregation of St. Paul. Five Minute Sermons for Low Masses on All Sundays of the Year. Vol. 2. [S.l.]: Catholic Publication Society, 1886. Print. starts pg 23-25

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Short Catholic Homily: 1st Week of Advent St John the Baptist – Free Catholic Audio

Sermon Summary1stweekadvent

In this short traditional Catholic homily we learn about the virtuous parents of St John the Baptist.  We consider St John the Baptists remarkable virtues and receive an exhortation to take him as an intercessor in removing the obstacles in our life to Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer to St. John the Baptist

O GLORIOUS St John the Baptist, of those born of women the greatest of prophets (Luke vii, 28); thou, though sanctified from thy mother’s womb and most innocent, didst nevertheless will to retire into the desert, there to practice austerities and penance; obtain for us from our Lord the grace to be detached, at least in the affections of our hearts, from all earthly treasure, and to practice Christian mortification with interior recollection and a spirit of holy prayer. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Source of this homily:

An Excerpt From :
Priests of the Congregation of St. Paul. Five Minute Sermons for Low Masses on All Sundays of the Year. Vol. 2. [S.l.]: Catholic Publication Society, 1886. Print. starts pg 18-21

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