Saint Victor: Martyr of the Roman Legion – Free Catholic Audiobook

St. Victor was a distinguished soldier of war who was both born of a noble family and had distinguished himself in bravery through many military campaigns. These are the acts of his heroic martyrdom where despite torture, imprisonment, and public ridicule the Romans where unable to get him to offer sacrifice to false gods even when they tried to force him under restraint to do so. During his ordeal of being tortured and despised St. Victor said he would still would still eagerly embrace any lawful command that the emperor gave, but he steadfastly refused to do what was sinful. May all Christians always put God first , and when persecuted still choose to love those who persecute them and not fall prey to hatred and sedition.

 

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This Audiobook is an excerpt from the Acts of the Early Martyrs translated by J.A.M. Fastre SJ The First Series, published in 1871 and is in the public domain.    The picture of St. Victor on the Disc is from this wikipedia commons with an attribution license.

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Treatise on Purgatory by Saint Catherine of Genoa – Free Catholic Audiobook

Saint Catherine of Genoa (Caterina Fieschi Adorno, born Genoa 1447 – 15 September 1510) is an Italian Roman Catholic saint and mystic, admired for her work among the sick and the poor. She was a member of the noble Fieschi family, and spent most of her life and her means serving the sick, especially during the plague which ravaged Genoa in 1497 and 1501. She died in that city in 1510.

In 1551, 41 years after her death, a book about her life and teaching was published, entitled Libro de la vita mirabile et dottrina santa de la Beata Caterinetta de Genoa. This is the source of her “Dialogues on the Soul and the Body” and her “Treatise on Purgatory”, which are often printed separately. Her authorship of these has been denied, and it used to be thought that another mystic, the Augustinian canoness Battistina Vernazza, who lived in a monastery in Genoa from 1510 till her death in 1587 had edited the two works, a suggestion discredited by recent scholarship, which attributes a large part of both works to St Catherine, though they received their final literary form only after her death.

In the Treatise on Purgatory, St. Catherine wrote about the purpose of Purgatory, the unspeakable pain endured by the souls in Purgatory, and the great hope that souls have while in Purgatory, of seeing and spending eternity with God in Heaven. (Introduction by Wikipedia and Ann Boulais)

 

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The Humor and Joy of the Saints – Free Catholic Audiobook

The humor, joy, playfulness and cheerfulness of the Saints was an essential part of their sanctity.  In this Audiobook learn how a life of discipline, obeying the commandments, penance and good works live in perfect harmony with jokes, teasing, and a good laugh.

  1. The Human Nature of the Saints
  2. The Joy of the Saints.
  3. The Humor of the Saints.
  4. The Cheerfulness of the Saints.
  5. The Playfulness of the Saints.

 

Sources: This audiobooks was made from excerpts of: Roche, Aloysius. A Bedside Book of Saints. Milwaukee Catholic Publishing Company 1934. and is in the Public Domain.  The CD cover was designed based off an illuminated manuscript in the public domain

 

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Lives of the Saints: With Reflections for Every Day in the Year by Rev Alban Butler – Free Catholic Audiobook

Compiled from the much larger 12 book set of “Butler’s Lives of the Saints”, this volume contains short biographies of the Saints, for each day of the year, followed by a reflection for each entry.

 

 

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Short Catholic Homily: Help the Poor Souls in Purgatory – Free Catholic Audio

Praying for the dead is o

Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing. Matt 5:26

ne of the 7 spiritual works of mercy.

We lose nothing, dear brethren, by praying for them; be assured we are rather the gainers, for not only do they pray for us, but more— our charity towards them deepens in our souls our love for God, and makes us thirst the more after virtue and holiness, and wins for us a higher place in heaven and a brighter crown of everlasting glory. Transcript

Notes : In addition to the many partial and plenary indulgences available for specific good works (such as reading the bible for a half an hour, praying the rosary in front of the blessed sacrament etc.)  There are also three general grants for indulgences that grant the faithful a partial indulgence either for their own sins or for the souls in purgatory they are

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, while performing their duties and enduring the difficulties of life, raise their minds in humble trust to God and make, at least mentally, some pious invocation.

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, prompted by a spirit of faith, devote themselves or their goods in compassionate service to their brothers and sisters in need.

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a spirit of penitence, voluntarily abstain from something which is licit for and pleasing to them.  Norms for Indulgences 3rd Edition

Remember though, in order to gain an indulgence you have to have the intention of receiving one.

Eternal Rest Grant unto them O’Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon them. Amen

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 477

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The Ghost of Kingdom Come by Rev. Gerald T Brennan – Free Catholic Audiobook

A word about ghosts.

Do you believe in Ghosts? Are you afraid of Ghost? Ghosts are truly real. St. Joseph, St. Peter, St. Bridget are real ghosts. This little book is written with the hope that the boys and girls who read it, will someday become “Ghosts of Kingdom Come”! ~ Father Gerald

Written by the author of and a similar style as the “Angel Food” series of books, this volume is a series of delightful stories for children – each with a moral – woven inside the story of a ghostly visitor to a priest visiting an old castle for rest.

 

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Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson – Free Catholic Audiobook

“Mr. Benson sees the world, four or five generations hence, free at last from all minor quarrels, and ranged against itself in two camps, Humanitarianism for those who believe in no divinity but that of man, Catholicism for those who believe in no divinity but that of God.”

This apocalyptic novel from the early 1900’s is sometimes deemed one of the first modern dystopias. (Summary from an original London Times review and Wikipedia)

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