The Mystical City of God, Volume 2 by Venerable Mary of Jesus of Ágreda – Free Catholic Audiobook

The Mystical City of God is a book written in the 17th-century by the Franciscan nun, Venerable Mary of Jesus of Ágreda.

According to María de Ágreda, the book was to a considerable extent dictated to her by the Blessed Virgin Mary and regarded the life of the Virgin Mary and the divine plan for creation and the salvation of souls. The work alternates between descriptions of the Trinity, the Virgin Mary’s life, and the spiritual guidance she provides to the author, by whom her words were reproduced for the spiritual benefit and growth of the reader. The book describes at length the various virtues, and how the reader should live in order to see them reflected in their own life, with the Virgin Mary as their model for sanctity. The work has the Imprimatur of several Popes and Bishops and appeals primarily to those who believe in “private revelation” and the sanctity of Mary.

Volume two deals with the Incarnation of our Lord. “The mysteries of the life of the holy Mother of God from the Incarnation of the Divine Word in her virginal womb to the return of the holy family from Egypt.” – Summary by Wikipedia and the Introduction


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Angels of the Battlefield by George Barton – Free Catholic Audiobook

“Angels of the Battlefield: A History of the Labors of the Catholic Sisterhoods in the Late Civil War” chronicles the compassionate services of these dedicated women during the bitter and bloody U.S. Civil War. These accounts also offer some important historical details, giving some important insights into the people and events of the war. This is the Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. – Summary by Larry Wilson

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The Life and Times of Kateri Tekakwitha, The Lily of the Mohawks – Free Catholic Audiobook

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha’s lifespan of only about 24 years was spent in utter humility and penitence. In spite of her natural diffidence, she summoned the strength to assert her desire to become a Christian and to consecrate herself as a virgin, and even had the courage to take part in a dangerous escape from her tyrannical uncle. This biography of her life fills in many details of the history, geography, and important persons and events of Kateri’s time and setting in New York and Canada from 1656 to 1680. Interestingly, these same years were a turning point for the Jesuit missionaries in New France, as their relations with the Indians underwent a change from suffering fearful persecution to achieving widespread conversion, thanks in at least a small part to the influence of the humble Kateri. The book’s many first hand accounts by eye witnesses are a highlight. Readers may also appreciate the author’s personal research and descriptions of the locations where all the events of Kateri’s life took place. The author’s greatest achievement in this book is that she helps the reader to understand and love Saint Kateri. ( Carol Pelster)


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Blessed Edmund Campion – Free Catholic Audiobook

Saint Edmund Campion, S.J., (1540 – 1581) was an English Catholic Jesuit priest and martyr. While conducting an underground ministry to the persecuted Catholics of Elizabethan England, Campion was arrested by priest hunters. Convicted of high treason, he was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Campion was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and canonised in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. (Adapted from wikipedia)


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The Seven Words on the Cross by St. Robert Bellarmine – Free Catholic Audiobook

An examination of, and meditation upon, the seven sayings spoken by Jesus on the cross — aka “the seven last words” — as well as the associated total solar eclipse. Every saying is examined from different perspectives, each intended to make the reader think more deeply about Jesus’ life and death and feel the sayings’ applications to his own life. The writer also provides various suggestions for enriching one’s faith life and doing good.

St. Robert Bellarmine was a famous and controversial figure, deeply involved in the Counter-Reformation, apologetics, theological disputes, and the development of legal theory. After his retirement, he wrote several devotional books for normal people which became international bestsellers, including this book, The Mind’s Ascent to God, and The Art of Dying Well. He is counted a Doctor of the Church.


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Short Catholic Homily: The Catholic Home – Free Catholic Audio

Summary of a Catholic Homily foHolyFamilyr the Feast of the Holy Family.

A good homily for the Feast of the Holy Family.  In this homily we are given the comparison of a Priests duty to the altar with that of the husband and wife to the home.  The sacramental graces poured forth from the sacrament of matrimony enables the couple to keep their home and atmosphere of that Home in such a manner that the Child Jesus would be happy to join them as he did with the Holy Family.

There is about the sanctuary in the church of God an atmosphere of piety and reverence. It has a sanctity that no stranger dare violate; it has a privacy which no one but he who has a right dare invade. Such an atmosphere should be about the sanctuary of home. Transcipt


In order for this comparison to work (that of a priests duty at the altar and the parents duty at home) we should consider what holiness is.  Holiness is the degree at which something has been set aside for God.  The Virgin Mary for example is called “All Holy” because ever aspect of her person was set aside for God.

It is unfortunate that I have read this comparison of the priests duty and the Sanctuary and that of the home taken to what I view as an odd extreme in other places.  The caution with which a priests actions, the solemnity of his movements, the strictness of the words allowed to be spoken, the silence in the Church and the years of preparation to just be able to say Mass once is not to be viewed on par from the duties of parents many times wrangling little Children.  The Sanctuary of the House of God is extremely Holy and is blessed to only be used for Holy things.

It does not mean that all that is done in the House should not be done for God, or that he does not value dwelling in the Hearts of the Family members, but we do not need to get into our heads the idea that the Christian Home be void of fun or the noise that little children enjoying some freedom brings with it.  Just like the sanctuary of the Church requires solemnity the Christian home should also have within it abundant joy and cheer.

So while it would be horrifying to watch a priest running around in the sanctuary laughing, it is not to watch a little child run around in the living room after the family dog.

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever else you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor 10:31

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Palestrina – Gloria – Missa Sicut lilium inter spinas to The Tudor Consort

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Source: 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 67-69

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By What Authority by Robert Hugh Benson – Free Catholic Audiobook

Two wealthy families are neighbors in Elizabethan England; one is staunchly Catholic and the other is devoutly Protestant. The attractive young scions of the families are drawn to each other in friendship and love, but are kept apart by their opposing religions. Life is very difficult for Catholics during those times. They are subject to fines, imprisonment, torture and ignominious death for practicing their faith. On the other hand, for various reasons some Catholics give up their inherited faith, and even betray and persecute their fellow-religionists. As the threads of plot are woven tighter, heroes emerge, sometimes most unexpectedly, as they grapple with theological doubts and conflicts, and undergo extreme suffering and loss. The many characters we meet ring true, whether they are brilliant or superstitious, stalwart or wavering, pious or violent; and it is a great privilege to spend time with such towering historical figures as St. Edmond Campion and Queen Elizabeth herself. Love, history, theology, suspense, and an array of colorful characters are sewn inexorably together in this large and compelling story. (Intro by Carol Pelster)


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