Encyclical Letters of Pope Benedict XV – Free Catholic Audiobook

A collection of 10 out of the 12 Encyclicals written by Pope Benedict XV, who was Pope from 1914-1922. Public domain English translations of ‘In Hac Tanta’ and ‘Principi Apostolorum Petro’ were not able to be located for this collection.

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The Excellence of the Rosary by Rev. M.J. Frings – Free Catholic Audiobook

A series of conferences given in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to explain the history, meaning and purpose of the Holy Rosary.

 

 

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St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton – Free Catholic Audiobook

For Chesterton, Francis of Assisi is a great paradoxical figure, a man who loved women but vowed himself to chastity; an artist who loved the pleasures of the natural world as few have loved them, but vowed himself to the most austere poverty, stripping himself naked in the public square so all could see that he had renounced his worldly goods; a clown who stood on his head in order to see the world aright. Chesterton gives us Francis in his world-the riotously colorful world of the High Middle Ages, a world with more pageantry and romance than we have seen before or since. Here is the Francis who tried to end the Crusades by talking to the Saracens, and who interceded with the emperor on behalf of the birds. Here is the Francis who inspired a revolution in art that began with Giotto and a revolution in poetry that began with Dante. Here is the Francis who prayed and danced with pagan abandon, who talked to animals, who invented the creche. I read this book as a young man and not only did it introduce me to the amazing world of Chesterton, but it was a revelation of how an entire culture could be captured in a slim volume. (summary by Phil Chenevert, Wikipedia and various other PD sources)

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The Life of St. Paul by Francis Alice Forbes – Free Catholic Audiobook

A short biography of Saint Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, from the time of his persecution of the Christians to his martyrdom. (Summary by Maria Therese)

 

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A Book of English Martyrs by E.M. Wilmot-Buxton – Free Catholic Audiobook

This volume is a simple narrative suited to children’s understanding of the thrilling times when English Catholics suffered for the Faith in the troubled days of the sixteenth century, when Tyburn tree was a concrete fact, and when ardent love hurled the defiance, “Come rack! Come rope!” Martyrs lay and cleric are here commemorated. The Carthusians, Houghton, Lawrence, Webster; the Jesuits, Campion, Sherwin, Southwell; the secular priests, Hart, Lacey, Ingleby; the countess of Salisbury, mother of Cardinal Pole; the Chancellor of England Blessed Thomas More, Philip Earl of Arundel, and Margaret Clitherow, harborer of priests. Their stories are told whenever possible in the words of records of the time (Summary from America Magazine, Volume 14, 1916)

 

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Claude Lightfoot, or How the Problem Was Solved by Father Francis J. Finn, S.J. – Free Catholic Audiobook

Most of the boys in the Catholic school called Milwaukee College are engrossed with baseball and keeping up with their studies. When twelve year old Claude Lightfoot is transferred into the school, he has a rocky time of it. While Claude excels in baseball and other playground activities, he also has a knack of annoying the other boys, particularly one who is a mean bully. And though Claude is mentally bright, his hyperactive classroom behavior is a trial to his teacher. The problem that must be solved is whether Claude can settle down to become a responsible young man capable of self control. Along the way he must cope with a series of trials and obstacles, especially as he tries to achieve his great goal: to be worthy to make his first Holy Communion. – Summary by Carol Pelster

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Catena Aurea, St. Matthew – Vol 1, Part 1 by St. Thomas Aquinas – Free Catholic Audiobook

The Catena Aurea (Latin for Golden Chain) presents the commentaries of the greatest theologians (e.g. St. John Chrysostom, St. Jerome, St. Augustine) of the Church as if they were having a discussion on each verse of the Bible. St. Thomas Aquinas put this opus together from sermons and commentaries on the Gospels composed by over eighty early Church Fathers, providing their insights into each passage. The work shows his intimate acquaintance with the Early Fathers. The work was commissioned by Pope Urban IV, so that everyone could hold to the fundamental rule of the Church, that no one is to interpret Sacred Scripture contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers (Vatican I). This first volume covers Matthew 1 – 10. (ancientchristian)

 

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Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church by Rev. Henry Graham – Free Catholic Audiobook

In “Where We Got the Bible”, the author, himself a convert from Calvinism, explains how the Catholic Church compiled the sacred text, how medieval monks preserved it, and how Catholic scholars first gave Christians the Bible in their own languages.

This little book about the Bible grew out of lectures which the writer delivered on the subject to mixed audiences. The lectures were afterwards expanded, and appeared in a series of articles in the Catholic press 1908-9, and are now with slight alterations reprinted. Their origin will sufficiently account for the colloquial style employed throughout.

There is, therefore, no pretense either of profound scholarship or of eloquent language; all that is attempted is a popular and, as far as possible, accurate exposition along familiar lines of the Catholic claim historically in regard to the Bible. It is candidly controversial without, however, let us hope, being uncharitable or unfair. (Adapted from the book)

 

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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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