e-libro gratis: “Vida Admirable del Bienaventurado Fray Martin de Porres”, por Jose Manuel Valdez

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  • Vida Admirable del Bienaventurado Fray Martin de Porres, por Jose Manuel Valdez (Lima: Huerta y Ca., 1863). Con aprobaciones eclesiásticas. Disponible en Internet Archive y Open Library.

Por la Fiesta de San Martin de Porres en rito romano. Para más libros, por favor ingrese a la lista de los libros electrónicos gratis (Ordenados por título) y la lista de los libros gratis (Agrupados por tema).

Oh Dios, refugio y fortaleza nuestra, mira propicio al pueblo que clama a Ti: y, por intercesión de la gloriosa e Inmaculada Virgen María, Madre de Dios, y del Bienaventurado San José, su esposo, y de tus Santos apóstoles Pedro y Pablo, y de todos los santos, escucha misericordioso y benigno las preces que te dirigimos por la conversión de los pecadores y por la libertad y exaltación de nuestra Santa Madre la Iglesia. Por el mismo Jesucristo, nuestro Señor. (de Subsidios Liturgicos)

[And if the grammar is wrong, pray correct me. Gracias!]

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Free ebook: “Thoughts on the Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory”, by Henry James Coleridge

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  • The Prisoner of the King: Thoughts on the Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory, by Henry James Coleridge, S.J. (London: Burns and Oates, 1889). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive; and in pdf format at Forgotten Books (some pages may be accessed only by members). The 1884 edition is also available at Internet Archive.

On the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day) in the Latin church. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“He that knoweth his brother to sin a sin which is not to death, let him ask, and life shall be given to him, who sinneth not to death. There is a sin unto death: for that I say not that any man ask. All iniquity is sin. And there is a sin unto death.” (I John v, 16-17)

“And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead… because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (II Maccabees xii, 43, 45-46)

“Every man’s work shall be manifest; for the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work, of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.” (I Corinthians iii, 13-15)

Free ebook: “The Eternal Happiness of the Saints”, by St. Robert Bellarmine

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On the Feast of all Saints in the Latin Church. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints!

Free ebook: “Luther’s Own Statements Concerning His Teaching and Its Results”, by Henry O’Connor

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  • Luther’s Own Statements Concerning His Teaching and Its Results; Taken Exclusively from the Earliest and Best Editions of Luther’s German and Latin Works, 3rd American edition, by Henry O’Connor, S.J. (New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis: Benziger Brothers, 1884). With the approbation of various bishops. Available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.), at Internet Archive; and in pdf format on this page of Dads.org (Family Life Center).
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Martin Luther, by Lucas Cranach the Elder (Wikimedia Commons)

On the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Revolt (Reformation Day). For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

Our beloved brother Paul, with the wisdom God has granted him, has written you a letter, in which, as in all his letters, he talks of this. (Though indeed, there are passages in them difficult to understand, and these, like the rest of scripture, are twisted into a wrong sense by ignorant and restless minds, to their own undoing.) For yourselves, beloved, be warned in time; do not be carried away by their rash errors, and lose the firm foothold you have won; grow up in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” (II Peter iii, 15-18)

Free ebook: “Self-Knowledge and Self-Discipline”, by B.W. Maturin

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  • Self-Knowledge and Self-Discipline, by B.W. Maturin (London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras: Longmans, Green and Co., 1916). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, kindle/mobi, epub, etc.) at Internet Archive, Internet Archive (2nd copy), and Internet Archive (3rd copy). An earlier edition (London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta: Longmans, Green and Co., 1909) is also available at Internet Archive and at Forgotten Books (with some pages accessible to members only).

On the Feast of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“Every athlete must keep all his appetites under control; and he does it to win a crown that fades, whereas ours is imperishable. So I do not run my course like a man in doubt of his goal; I do not fight my battle like a man who wastes his blows on the air. I buffet my own body, and make it my slave; or I, who have preached to others, may myself be rejected as worthless.” (I Corinthians ix, 25-27)

Free ebook: “The Catholic’s Work in the World”, by Rev. Joseph Husslein

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  • The Catholic’s Work in the World: A Practical Solution of Religious and Social Problems of To-day, by Rev. Joseph Husslein, S.J. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1917). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy).
    • [N.B., Although Fr. Husslein died only in 1952, the work appears to  be in the public domain under the terms of the 1909 US copyright law as extended. If this conclusion is incorrect, please comment immediately so the links may be deleted. Thank you.]

On the Feast of Blessed Maria Teresa of St. Joseph. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. (From Sancta Missa)

Free ebook: “The Return of the King: Discourses on the Latter Days”, by Henry James Coleridge

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  • The Return of the King: Discourses on the Latter Days, by Henry James Coleridge, S.J. (London: Burns and Oates, 1915). May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive.  The 1894 edition is also available at Internet Archive, and the 1883 edition at Internet Archive.

On the Feast of the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. (From Sancta Missa)

Free ebook: “Christian Philosophy: God”, by John T. Driscoll

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  • Christian Philosophy: God; Being a Contribution to a Philosophy of Theism, by Rev. John T. Driscoll, S.T.L. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1900). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats (pdf, mobi, epub, etc.) at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy).

On the Feast of St. Boethius. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

The knowledge of God is clear to their minds; God himself has made it clear to them; from the foundations of the world men have caught sight of his invisible nature, his eternal power and his divineness, as they are known through his creatures. (Romans i, 19-20)

If anyone shall say that the One True God, our Creator and Lord, cannot be certainly known by the natural light of human reason through created things; let him be anathema… If anyone shall say that it is impossible or inexpedient that man should be taught, by Divine Revelation, concerning God and the worship to be paid to Him; let him be anathema. (1st Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith “Dei Filius“, canons ii, 1-2)

Online text: Encyclical Letter “Veritatis Splendor”, by Pope John Paul II

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On the Feast of Pope St. John Paul the Great. One may also see an earlier post, “Free ebooks: Documents of the Second Vatican Council; and on its Interpretation and Application“. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). From the text:

“The Church’s teaching, and in particular her firmness in defending the universal and permanent validity of the precepts prohibiting intrinsically evil acts, is not infrequently seen as the sign of an intolerable intransigence… The Church, one hears, is lacking in understanding and compassion. But the Church’s motherhood can never in fact be separated from her teaching mission, which she must always carry out as the faithful Bride of Christ, who is the Truth in person…

“In fact, genuine understanding and compassion must mean love for the person, for his true good, for his authentic freedom. And this does not result, certainly, from concealing or weakening moral truth, but rather from proposing it in its most profound meaning as an outpouring of God’s eternal Wisdom, which we have received in Christ, and as a service to man, to the growth of his freedom and to the attainment of his happiness…

“This service is directed to every man, considered in the uniqueness and singularity of his being and existence: only by obedience to universal moral norms does man find full confirmation of his personal uniqueness and the possibility of authentic moral growth. For this very reason, this service is also directed to all mankind: it is not only for individuals but also for the community, for society as such. These norms in fact represent the unshakable foundation and solid guarantee of a just and peaceful human coexistence, and hence of genuine democracy, which can come into being and develop only on the basis of the equality of all its members, who possess common rights and duties. When it is a matter of the moral norms prohibiting intrinsic evil, there are no privileges or exceptions for anyone… 

“In the end, only a morality which acknowledges certain norms as valid always and for everyone, with no exception, can guarantee the ethical foundation of social coexistence, both on the national and international levels.”

Free ebook: “Canadian Essays, Critical and Historical”, by Thomas O’Hagan

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  • Canadian Essays, Critical and Historical, by Thomas O’Hagan (Toronto, W. Briggs, 1901). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi) at Internet Archive.

On the Memorial of the North American Martyrs–Saint Jean de Brébeuf, Saint Isaac Jogues, and their companions–in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“The proclamation of the Word of God has Christian conversion as its aim: a complete and sincere adherence to Christ and his Gospel through faith… Conversion means accepting, by a personal decision, the saving sovereignty of Christ and becoming his disciple… The Church calls all people to this conversion, following the example of John the Baptist… as well as the example of Christ himself…

“Nowadays the call to conversion which missionaries address to non-Christians is put into question or passed over in silence. It is seen as an act of “proselytizing”; it is claimed that it is enough to help people to become more human or more faithful to their own religion, that it is enough to build communities capable of working for justice, freedom, peace and solidarity. What is overlooked is that every person has the right to hear the “Good News” of the God who reveals and gives himself in Christ, so that each one can live out in its fullness his or her proper calling…

“Conversion to Christ is joined to Baptism not only because of the Church’s practice, but also by the will of Christ himself, who sent the apostles to make disciples of all nations and to baptize them… In Baptism, in fact, we are born anew to the life of God’s children, united to Jesus Christ and anointed in the Holy Spirit. Baptism is… the sacrament which signifies and effects rebirth from the Spirit, establishes real and unbreakable bonds with the Blessed Trinity, and makes us members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church…

“Certainly, every convert is a gift to the Church and represents a serious responsibility for her, not only because converts have to be prepared for Baptism through the catechumenate and then be guided by religious instruction, but also because—especially in the case of adults—such converts bring with them a kind of new energy, an enthusiasm for the faith, and a desire to see the Gospel lived out in the Church…

“Conversion and Baptism give entry into a Church already in existence or require the establishment of new communities which confess Jesus as Savior and Lord. This is part of God’s plan, for it pleases him ‘to call human beings to share in his own life not merely as individuals, without any unifying bond between them, but rather to make them into a people in which his children, who had been widely scattered, might be gathered together in unity.’”

(Pope St. John Paul the Great, Redemptoris Missio46-48)