Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain – Free Catholic Audiobook

Mark Twain’s work on Joan of Arc is titled in full “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte.” De Conte is identified as Joan’s page and secretary. For those who’ve always wanted to “get behind” the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain’s narrative makes the story personal and very accessible.

The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, “Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France.”

It was originally published as a serialization in Harper’s Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. However the Harper’s editors decided to cut 12 chapters that describe much of Joan’s Great Trial, saying the chapters were not suitable for serialization since, “They will not bear mutilation or interruption, but must be read as a whole, as one reads a drama.” This recording contains the complete text!

De Conte is a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc’s page Louis de Contes, and provides narrative unity to the story. He is presented as an individual who was with Joan during the three major phases of her life – as a youth in Domremy, as the commander of Charles’ army on military campaign, and as a defendant at the trial in Rouen. The book is presented as a translation by Alden of de Conte’s memoirs, written in his later years for the benefit of his descendants.

Twain based his descriptions of Joan of Arc on his daughter, Susy Clemens, as he remembered her at the age of seventeen.

Twain said, “I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none.” (Summary by Wikipedia and John Greenman)

 

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The Life and Martyrdom of St Sebastian – Free Catholic Audiobook

St. Sebastian was named defender of the Church by Pope St. Caius. As Captain of the Imperial guard to the Emperor St Sebastian used his position to win converts, strengthen those facing martyrdom and aid Christians with his ability to work miracles. He also had the rare privilege of being martyred twice for Christ sake. Be inspired by his heroic life and martyrdom and learn from his most noble heart love of God and country.

 

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Sources: This story is taken from the Acts of the Martyrs, translated by Fastre SJ from 1871 and is in the Public Domain..  

 

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Ancient Eucharistic Miracles – Free Catholic Audiobook

Hear of the extraordinary wonders God has worked through his most precious body and blood starting in ancient times: The healing of the sick, consuming the wicked with fire, the parting of water like Moses and the Red Sea, Military Victories against unbelievable odds and many more.  These stories are taken from the writings of Church Fathers such as St Basil and St Gregory the Great, the testimony of Saints such as St Bernard and the annals of Church’s and other credible source.  This Catholic Audiobook on Eucharistic miracles only discusses some of those Eucharistic miracles that range from 165 AD up till the 1400′s and also covers the mystical revelation that lead to the institution of the glorious feast of Corpus Christi.

Text Source

All of these readings are from the Legends of the Blessed Sacrament by Emily Shapcote published in 1877  are in the public domain .  

 

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Virgin Most Kind: Excerpts from The Glories of Mary by St Alphonsus Ligouri – Free Catholic Audiobook

Stories of the Miraculous intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary taken from the Glories of Mary by St Alphonsus Ligouri. Ave Maria!

O how holy, how serene, how kind, how pleasant the Virgin is believed to be!

Do you want to hear the story about our Lady saving a dying priest who was to be condemned to Hell, and her holy indignation to the devils who came to take his soul?  Or the gambler who stabbed an image of the Blessed Virgin and was soon covered in blood?  How about the time our Lady punished a bishop who was truly holy, a bishop who’s body was found to be incorrupt*?

These and many more you will hear in this catholic audiobook!  Filled with stories from The Glories of Mary by St Alphonsus Ligouri, it is our hope that this audiobook encourage various Marian devotions by the faithful through real stories about the people who practiced them.  This catholic audiobook should also serve as a reminder that our Lady’s greatest hope and prayer is that we will repent of our sins and become faithful children of God. “Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye.” John 2:5

We hope you enjoy the stories of the kindness and love of our Blessed Mother!

*His whole body was not completely incorrupt, but you will have to listen to find out why!

 

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A Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St Louis-Marie de Montfort – Free Catholic Audiobook

 True Devotion to Mary is a treatise of what it means to have devotion to Our Lady. Montfort goes through the various aspects of this devotion explaining what is true devotion and outlining what is false devotion. The book also includes a series of meditations and prayers that assist in making a consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Montfort explains that devotion to Mary is not an optional devotion like any other devotion to the Saints. He boldly claims that devotion to Mary is necessary in becoming a living image of Christ in this world. He makes no distinction between devotion to Mary and devotion to Jesus. He invites those that are capable of understanding this devotion to embark on a journey of entering more deeply into the inner life of Jesus and Mary and by so doing to grow in holiness. (Summary by Michael Portelli)

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True Stories for First Communicants by A Sister of Notre Dame – Free Catholic Audiobook

A charming collection of 12 true, simple stories of real life little boys and girls, written for little ones preparing for their First Holy Communion

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God Died at Three O’Clock by Rev. Gerald T Brennan – Free Catholic Audiobook

From the writer of “Angel Food” comes a simple children’s book on the passion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Perfect for  Holy Week!

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