St. Bonaventure’s Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ – Free Catholic Audiobook

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Seeing himself as “unequal to so great a task”, St. Bonaventure nevertheless endeavored to introduce his readers to the practice of “the most beneficial of all devout exercises, and that which is most capable of leading [them] to the summit of Christian perfection”: the contemplation of the life of Our Lord. By “frequent and habitual meditations on that divine subject” even “very illiterate persons” have been raised to such “familiarity, confidence, and love of him” that they have become “profoundly versed in the most sublime mysteries of God”. What better way “to arm our breast against the flattering, yet fleeting vanities of the world; to render us steady amidst tribulations and adversities; and finally, to preserve us from vice, and facilitate the possession of every virtue”? He addresses his reader in “plain and unpolished” language, “that you may the more easily comprehend the matter here treated, and study rather to improve your mind and heart than flatter your ears.” “I hope still more, that if you are but diligent in the exercise of this devout study, that the Lord, whose life is here treated of, will become your master and instructor.” – Summary by ekortright

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The Penny Catechism (Catechism of Christian Doctrine) – Free Catholic Audiobook

A question and answer format catechism that was the standard catechetical text in Great Britain throughout most of the 20th century. Popularly called the Penny Catechism, as the original version only cost one penny. Various editions of the Penny Catechism were issued through the century and changes were made to the text, particularly following Vatican II. This edition is the pre-Vatican II edition. – Summary by Wikipedia, modified by David Oderberg

 

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Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, Volume 1 (January-March) – Free Catholic Audiobook

Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints : with reflections for every day in the year : compiled from “Butler’s Lives” and other approved sources : to which are added lives of the American saints : placed on the calendar for the United States by special petition of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore – Summary from the book itself

 

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Quanta Cura and The Syllabus of Errors by Pope Pius IX – Free Catholic Audiobook

This encyclical letter of Pope Pius IX was promulgated in 1864 and issued with the attached Syllabus of Errors. The document was dispatched to all the bishops of the Catholic world “in order that these same bishops may have before their eyes all the errors and pernicious doctrines which he [Pius IX] has reprobated and condemned.” The Syllabus is a catalogue of eighty propositions, which the pope condemned as erroneous, and which are considered to form the basis of the heresy of Modernism, which has been anathematized by a number of succeeding pontiffs. – Summary by Algy Pug

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Pascendi Dominici Gregis (On the Errors of the Modernists) by Pope St. Pius X – Free Catholic Audiobook

During a relatively short pontificate (1903 – 1914) Pope Pius X devoted much of his time to dealing with issues related to the rapid spread of secularism in the early Twentieth century. Pius eschewed the liberal approach of his immediate predecessor, Leo XIII, favouring instead the strict doctrinal guidelines established by Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors (1864). Pius X defined the root cause of the decline of the influence of the Catholic Church to be Modernism, a philosophical and artistic movement which came to prominence in the later Nineteenth Century.

The largest and most notable Encyclical of Pius X is Pascendi Dominici Gregis (On the Errors of the Modernists), published in 1907. This letter contains the famous statement, “Modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” and includes a lengthy appendix which contains a history of modernistic thought and refutations of the views held by its most celebrated representatives.

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The Venerable Don Bosco the Apostle of Youth – Free Catholic Audiobook

This brief sketch of the holy life and marvelous achievements of a great inheritor of the spirit of Saint Francis of Sales, Saint Don Bosco is intended only to stimulate souls to a wider study of this loving Apostle of Youth, and so to a knowledge and reverence and appreciation, we dare to hope, which will urge them onward in the ways of holiness, and make them ardent and practical co-operators in the divine work of saving the young — the most pressing need of our times — initiated by the Founder of the Salesian Society, and brought to wonderful issues through the miraculous power of God and the loving intervention of Mary, Help of Christians.

Saint John Bosco was canonized in 1934 – thus in this book, which was published in 1916, he in only referred to as Venerable. (Summary adapted from the forward of the book)

 

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Writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas for Lent – Free Catholic Audiobook

Come and hear St. Thomas Aquinas explain the great mysteries presented to us during the season of lent in clear, concise and witty language.  His teaching despite being very profound is both candid and understandable.  Prepare for Easter this Lent by listening to one of these selections from his works for everyday of Lent.  With the help of the teaching of St. Thomas this lent can be our most fruitful.

There are  45 selections from his works are for Ash Wednesday all the Way to Holy Saturday.

Learn about

  • How great was the sorrow of our Lord.
  • Why God the Father delivered Christ to His Passion.
  • How the Passion Redeemed us, Freed us, and delivered us from the devil.
  • How by the Passion of Christ the Gates of Heaven are opened.
  • Why the Passion was most fitting to win our salvation.
  • What is the greatest sign of love our Lord have given us.
  • How our Lady’s suffered at the foot of the cross and how this was not contrary to perfection even though God willed the death of His Son.
  • The Three Things symbolized in the washing of the feet
  • And much more!

 

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All of these readings are from the Meditations for Lent from St. Thomas Aquinas published in 1937 and are in the public domain.

 

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A Child’s Life of St. Joan of Arc by Mary E Mannix – Free Catholic Audiobook

A biography of Saint Joan of Arc, geared towards children, but also can easily be enjoyed by adults.

 

 

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An Explanation of Catholic Morals by Rev. John H. Stapleton – Free Catholic Audiobook

A Concise, Reasoned, and Popular Exposition of Catholic Morals. The ten commandments, vice and virtue from the Catholic perspective.

The contents of this volume appeared originally in The Catholic Transcript, of Hartford, Connecticut, in weekly installments, from February, 1901, to February, 1903.

 

 

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A Christmas Carol by G.K. Chesterton – Free Catholic Audiobook

A short poem for Christmas by G.K. Chesterton titled “A Christmas Carol” also known as “The Christ Child Lay on Mary’s Lap”.

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A Blessed Christmas to all!

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