Free ebook: “The Way of Perfection”, by Saint Teresa of Avila

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  • The Way of Perfection, by Saint Teresa of Jesus (Teresa of Avila), with the preface to the first edition by Archbishop Theotonio de Braganza, translated by the Benedictines of Stanbrook Abbey, revised with notes and an introduction by the Very Rev. F. Benedict Zimmerman, 2nd edition with additional notes by the translator (London: Thomas Baker, 1919). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in multiple formats, at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy) . The 1st edition (London: Thomas Baker, 1919), is available at Internet Archive.

On the Feast of Saint Teresa of Jesus in the Roman Rite; and in solidarity with the observance of National Character Counts Week in the United States. 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).

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Online text: “A Planner for Catholic Funerals”

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Online ebook: “Apparitions of Our Lady in Their Historical Context”, by Dennis Barton

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On the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s final apparition at Fatima and of the Miracle of the Sun. 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).

“God’s heavenly temple was thrown open, and the ark of the covenant was plain to view, standing in his temple; and there were lightnings, and mutterings, and an earthquake, and a great storm of hail. And now, in heaven, a great portent appeared; a woman that wore the sun for her mantle, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars about her head.” (Revelation xi, 19xii, 1)

Free ebook: “The Condemnation of Pope Honorius”, by Dom John Chapman

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  • The Condemnation of Pope Honorius, by Dom John Chapman, O.S.B. (London: Catholic Truth Society, 1907). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats (pdf, mobi/kindle, epub, etc.) at Internet Archive.

In remembrance of Pope Honorius I (+12 October 638), condemned for the heresy of Monothelitism. 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).

“It is clear that no Catholic has the right to defend Pope Honorius. He was a heretic, not in intention, but in fact; and he is to be considered to have been condemned in the sense in which Origen and Theodore of Mopsuestia, who died in Catholic communion, never having resisted the Church, have been condemned.” (Dom John Chapman, “Pope Honorius I“, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1910)

Online texts: The original schemas (drafts) of Vatican II

See the following texts of the original schemata for the Second Vatican Council, translated and published online by Fr. Joseph A. Komonchak:

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  • An Outline for the Ecumenical Council, by the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, translated by Fr. Joseph A. Komonchak (2012). Available in pdf format (on this page) at In Verbo Veritatis.
  • The “Brief Outlines” of Dogmatic Constitutions, prepared by the Preparatory Theological Commission for the Second Vatican Council (Summer 1960), translated by Fr. Joseph A. Komonchak (2012). Available in pdf format (on this page) at In Verbo Veritatis.

Posted on the Feast of Pope St. John XXIII, and on the anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council; with thanks to Unam Sanctam Catholicam and A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics for providing links to and brief commentaries on the schemata. One may also look at “Original Discarded Schemata for Vatican II“, a forum discussion on Catholic Answers. 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)

Sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God, committed to the Church. Holding fast to this deposit the entire holy people united with their shepherds remain always steadfast in the teaching of the Apostles, in the common life, in the breaking of the bread and in prayers (see Acts 2, 42, Greek text), so that holding to, practicing and professing the heritage of the faith, it becomes on the part of the bishops and faithful a single common effort. 

But the task of authentically interpreting the word of God, whether written or handed on, has been entrusted exclusively to the living teaching office of the Church, whose authority is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ. This teaching office is not above the word of God, but serves it, teaching only what has been handed on, listening to it devoutly, guarding it scrupulously and explaining it faithfully in accord with a divine commission and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it draws from this one deposit of faith everything which it presents for belief as divinely revealed.

It is clear, therefore, that sacred tradition, Sacred Scripture and the teaching authority of the Church, in accord with God’s most wise design, are so linked and joined together that one cannot stand without the others, and that all together and each in its own way under the action of the one Holy Spirit contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.

(Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation “Dei Verbum”, Par. 10)

Online text: “John Henry Newman, Cardinal: Poems”

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On the Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman. 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 text includes this beautiful expression of Christian faith and hope:

Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home —
Lead Thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene,–one step enough for me.

Free ebook: “Considerations on the Litany of the Blessed Virgin”, by Cardinal Lepicier

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  • The Fairest Flower of Paradise: Considerations on the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, Enriched with Examples Drawn from the Lives of the Saints, by Very Rev. Alexis M. Lépicier, O.S.M. (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1922). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf format (on this page) at Saints’ Books. May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, text, etc.) at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy).

On the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in 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).

Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee… Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb…” (Luke 1:28,42 D-R)

Free ebook: “A History of the Somerset Carthusians”, by E. Margaret Thompson

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  • A History of the Somerset Carthusians, by E. Margaret Thompson, with illustrations by L. Beatrice Thompson (London: John Hodges, 1895). May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, text, etc.) at Internet Archive.

On the Feast of Saint Bruno of Cologne in 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)Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints!

Free ebook: “Practical Instruction for New Confessors”, by Filippo Maria Salvatori and Antonio Ballerini

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  • Practical Instruction for New Confessors, 3rd edition, by Filippo Maria Salvatori, S.J. and Antonio Ballerini, S.J., translated by William Hutch, D.D. (London: Burns and Oates; New York: Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Bros.). With 1885 Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive. The 1st and 2nd editions (London: Burns and Oates; New York: Catholic Publication Society Company, 1885 and 1887) are available at Internet Archive and Internet Archive, respectively.

On the Feast of St. Maria Faustyna (Faustina) Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament, O.L.M., and of Blessed Raymond of Capua, O.P. 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).

If, when I say to the wicked, Thou shalt surely die: thou declare it not to him, nor speak to him, that he may be converted from his wicked way, and live: the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at thy hands.” (Ezekiel iii, 18)

Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to thee.” (John v, 13)

Livre audio et e-livre: “Vie de Saint François d’Assise”, par L’Abbé A. Verger

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  • Vie de Saint François d’Assise, par L’Abbé A. Verger (Tours: Alfred Mame et Fils, 1896). Avec l’approbation du Cardinal Meignan, archeveque de Tours. Le livre audio et le e-livre sont disponible dans Internet Archive, avec une deuxième copie du e-livre dans Internet Archive.

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Dieu, notre refuge et notre force, regardez le peuple qui crie vers Vous ; et, par l’intercession de la Glorieuse et Immaculée Marie toujours Vierge, Mère de Dieu, avec Saint Joseph, son très chaste Epoux, Saint Michel Archange, Saint Jean Baptiste, Vos Saints Apôtres Pierre et Paul, André, et tous Vos Saints, écoutez avec bienveillance et miséricorde, les prières que nous Vous adressons pour la conversion des pécheurs, pour la liberté et le triomphe de notre Sainte Mère l’Eglise. Par le même Christ notre Seigneur. Amen.

(And if the grammar is wrong, please correct me. Merci!)