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.

 

Text source:

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.

 

To download this free audio book from Alleluia Audiobooks, click on the links below:

 

AMDG

Posted in audiobooks, Biography, Catholic, Non-fiction, Non-Fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

To download this free audio file from Alleluia Audiobooks, click on the links below:

Or to listen on Soundcloud:

AMDG

Posted in audiobooks, Catholic, Non-fiction, Non-Fiction, Saints, Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

 

To download this free audio book from Alleluia Audiobooks, click on the link below:

 

AMDG

Posted in audiobooks, Biography, Catholic, Non-fiction, Non-Fiction, Saints, Sermons | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

To download this free audio file from Alleluia Audiobooks, click on the link below:

If you prefer a text format, click here:

 

AMDG

Posted in audiobooks, Catholic, Non-fiction, Non-Fiction, Saints, Sermons | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

To download this free audio file from Alleluia Audiobooks, click on the link below:

If you prefer a text format, click here:

 

AMDG

Posted in audiobooks, Catholic, Non-fiction, Non-Fiction, Sermons | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Avoid Purgatory by Fr. F.X. Schouppe – Free Catholic Audiobook

When every hidden deed is known, which each sin is numbered, and all of our negligences are brought before God in judgement it will be a great mercy to avoid Hell, but who can hope to avoid purgatory?  We should! As God does not wish to send us to purgatory and has left us many means to either remit or avoid entirely all together time spent in purgatory.  Using the Holy Scriptures and the lives of the Saints, Father Schouppe will explain different ways we can avoid purgatory.

We also must help those already in purgatory who are in desperate need, but by helping them we ourselves obtain great benefits.

Avoid Purgatory with:

  • Great Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • The Brown Scapular
  • Charity and Mercy
  • Mutual Charity
  • Christian Mortification
  • Reception of the Sacraments
  • Confidence in God
  • Holy Acceptation of Death

The Importance of Devotion to the Holy Souls

  • Motives for Assisting the Holy Souls
  • We Must Pray for sinners and thedDead
  • The Reward for Helping the Holy Souls.
  • The Gratitude of the Holy Souls
  • The Prayers of the Holy Souls.

This audiobook was made from excerpts of:Purgatory: Illustrated by the lives and Legends of the Saints by Father F.X. Schouppe SJ, 1893.

To download this free audio book from Alleluia Audiobooks, click on the link below:

Posted in audiobooks, Catholic, Non-fiction, Non-Fiction, Spiritual Advice | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri – Free Audiobook

The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened “Divina” by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, the last great work of literature of the Middle Ages and the first great work of the Renaissance. A culmination of the medieval world-view of the afterlife, it establishes the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. – The Divine Comedy is composed of three canticas (or “cantiche”) — Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise) — composed each of 33 cantos (or “canti”). The very first canto serves as an introduction to the poem and is generally not considered to be part of the first cantica, bringing the total number of cantos to 100. – The poet tells in the first person his travel through the three realms of the dead, lasting during the Easter Triduum in the spring of 1300. (Summary from Wikipedia)

 

To download this free audio book from Librivox, click on either of the links below:

If your preferred download method is m4b, click here:

For an online text, click here:

AMDG

Posted in audiobooks, Catholic, Fiction | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment