The Vigil of the Natvity and Advent Homilies of St Bernard of Clairvaux – Free Catholic Audio

“JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God, is born in Bethlehem of Juda.  What heart so stony as not to be softened at these words? What soul is not melted at this voice of her Beloved? What announcement could be sweeter? what intelligence more enrapturing? Was its like ever heard before? or when did the world ever receive such tidings” St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard instructs us on: The words of the Angel, “Hail Mary Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.”  How The Virgin Mary would have known how pleasing virginity is to God and he explains why the Holy Ghost needed to overshadow her despite already being full of grace.  He expounds on the littleness of the infant Jesus and his followers.  He also discusses what Jesus found on earth that he did not find in Heaven and much more!

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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.

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Our Lady of Chivalry – Free Catholic Audiobook

Mary is beautiful in herself as the moon, radiates her brilliance as the sun; but against “the enemy” she is formidable; terrible as an army arrayed for war.  Venerable Pope Pius XII

Learn about the devotion that knights, soldiers and other warriors have had to Most Blessed Virgin Mary going back to the 7th century and how she has often provided both her loving protection and her aid to grant them victory over their enemies!  Learn how Mary has been invoked even during the most ancient battles for the soul of Europe against the rages of Islam, and how through the invocation of Mary  miracles saved France during the hundred year war.  Learn the history of the Saturday Fast started in England in honor the Mother of God and how important the Wedding Garment of the Virgin Mary was to Knights, among other important topics to understand the history of devotion to Our Blessed Lady Queen of Heaven and Earth.

 

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All of these readings are from excerpts of The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the History of Devotion to Her by Abbe Vorsini, translated to English by Mrs. J Sadler, and being published in 1872 is in the public domain.  For the sake of interest and time major excerpts have been selected, and some antiquated terminology has been updated.  The picture is of a modified image of a Stained Glass Window that is in the Public domain.

 

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The Marvels of Divine Grace by Alice Lady Lovat. – Free Catholic Audiobook

These are Alice Lady Lovat’s meditations on the treatise “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia,” written by the prolific Roman Catholic theologian and mystic Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, S.J. (1595-1658). Nieremberg’s treatise was published in 1638 in Madrid, where he taught Sacred Scripture at the Jesuit Colegio Imperial. Abbot Oswald Hunter-Blair, O.S.B. wrote the preface for Lovat’s book, which bears an imprimatur. (Introduction by dave7)

 

 

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The Early Life of St. John of the Cross by Paschasius Heriz, O.C.D.- Free Catholic Audiobook

Saint John of the Cross was the humble son of man who discarded his nobility to marry the women he loved.  Learn about the humble beginnings and early life of the man who the Church would name as the mystic doctor of the Church.  St. Johns life is sure to be edifying and inspirational to Catholic Families trying to raise Saints, and Catholics who desire to live an authentic Christian life like that of our forefathers.

 

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All of these readings are excerpts from Saint John of the Cross by Paschasius Heriz O.C.D , published in 1919 and is in the public domain.

 

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Mostly Boys: Short Stories by Father Francis J. Finn, S.J. – Free Catholic Audiobook

A collection of tales about real life boys in every walk of life. They are redolent of the breezy spirit of healthy, jovial boyhood, and permeated with the author’s best brand of humor. (The Publishers Trade List Annual 1917)

The author, Francis J. Finn, S.J., was a Catholic priest who wrote a series of 27 popular Catholic novels for young people during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. His best known work is “Tom Playfair”.

 

 

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The Sacrifice of the Mass by M. Gavin, S.J. – Free Catholic Audiobook

The earnest hope is entertained that this explanation of the Mass will help to a deeper appreciation of the greatest act of worship in the Church. It is impossible to have laboured for many years in London without painfully realizing that the Mass is neither known, nor understood, nor attended, nor loved as it deserves. Surely there are many Catholics who might with a little self-denial hear Mass, if not daily, at least some times in the week. If we inquire the reason from those who find time for other things and not for Mass, we shall probably learn that they do not understand what they lose. Mass is a closed book to them. The love, self-sacrifice, and humiliation of a Divine Person lies before them in the Eucharist; they have eyes and see not. With an intelligent grasp of the doctrine of the Mass they would discover a method of discharging every obligation of the creature to the Creator, and of procuring all they want from His gracious bounty. (From the introduction to the book)

Audiobook of an early twentieth century catechetical book explaining the doctrine, prayers, and rubrics of the Latin Rite Mass as promulgated at that time.

 

 

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Short Catholic Homily: Help the Poor Souls in Purgatory – Free Catholic Audio

Praying for the dead is one of the 7 spiritual works of mercy.

Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing. Matt 5:26

We lose nothing, dear brethren, by praying for them; be assured we are rather the gainers, for not only do they pray for us, but more— our charity towards them deepens in our souls our love for God, and makes us thirst the more after virtue and holiness, and wins for us a higher place in heaven and a brighter crown of everlasting glory. Transcript

Notes : In addition to the many partial and plenary indulgences available for specific good works (such as reading the bible for a half an hour, praying the rosary in front of the blessed sacrament etc.)  There are also three general grants for indulgences that grant the faithful a partial indulgence either for their own sins or for the souls in purgatory they are

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, while performing their duties and enduring the difficulties of life, raise their minds in humble trust to God and make, at least mentally, some pious invocation.

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, prompted by a spirit of faith, devote themselves or their goods in compassionate service to their brothers and sisters in need.

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a spirit of penitence, voluntarily abstain from something which is licit for and pleasing to them.  Norms for Indulgences 3rd Edition

Remember though, in order to gain an indulgence you have to have the intention of receiving one.

Eternal Rest Grant unto them O’Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon them. Amen

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 477

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