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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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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