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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Selected Letters of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal- Free Catholic Audiobook

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal (1572 – 1641) is a Roman Catholic Saint, who founded The Congregation of the Visitation after the death of her husband. St. Francis de Sales was her Spiritual Director and a close friend. After St. Francis de Sales died, St. Vincent de Paul became her spiritual director. These letters, which date from a range of 1611-1641, were written to her saintly spiritual directors, her children and relatives, other nuns and religious, as well many others.


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St Kateri The Lily at the Foot of the Cross – Free Catholic Audiobook

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was a heroic virgin, convert, and penitent; her natural virtue shined forth from her childhood, predisposing her to accept the light of the Gospel. Saint Kateri’s fidelity to grace revealed itself particularly in the virtue of penance.

Learn about St Kateri Tekakwithas brave confession of the Catholic faith in the face of persecution, her fervent prayers and intense penances.



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Sources: For this audiobook we have used as our primary source The Life and Times of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, 1656-1680. Written in 1891 by  Ellen H Wallworth.  Alleluia Audio Books has heavily edited the work down, reorganized certain ideas, and made our own commentary and contributions to it; the transcript will be available after all the chapters have been recorded.



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Collected Works of Saint Patrick – Free Catholic Audiobook

St. Patrick’s Breastplate – This prayer is attributed to St. Patrick and his diciples. It is written with some celtic pagan elements, but is definitely a Christian prayer asking God for protection through daily life.

A Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus – Patrick writes this letter to excommunicate the soldiers of Coroticus’ army who pillaged villages in Ireland and forced many Christian converts into slavery.

Confession – A short autobiography by St. Patrick who tells of being abducted into slavery and taken to Ireland, the growth of his faith, his ministry as a bishop in ordaining many priests and baptising thousands of people, and a trial where he had to defend himself against his accusers.

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Summa Theologica – Pars Secunda Secundae, Treatise on the Theological Virtues

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 1-46 of the Secunda Secundae (“Second-half of the Second Part”), comprising a Treatise on the Theological Virtues: Faith (questions 1-16), Hope (questions 17-22), and Love (questions 23-46).


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