Livre en ligne: “Théologie Séraphique: Extraite et Traduite des Oeuvres de Saint Bonaventure”

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  • Théologie Séraphique: Extraite et Traduite des Oeuvres de Saint Bonaventure; Contenant “L’Itineraire de l’Ame vers Dieu”, “Le Traité du Mepris du Monde”, “L’Ecuelle d’Or des Vertus”, “Le Bouquet Spirituel”, “Le Traité des Vertus”, et “L’Incendie de l’Amour”, par l’Abbé Celeste Alix, et par Acc. Alix (Paris: Jacques LeCoffre et Cie., 1853). Disponible dans Internet Archive.

Pour la Fête de Saint Bonaventure.


Online ebook: “The Catholic Home”, by Father Alexander, O.F.M.

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  • The Catholic Home, by Father Alexander, O.F.M., with a Foreword by the Bishop of Salford (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow: R. & T. Washbourne, 1914). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in epub, mobi, pdf, and other formats at Internet Archive.

Posted on the Feast of Saints Louis Martin and Marie-Azélie Guérin.

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself up for it, that he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, nor any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.

“So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh: but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother: and shall adhere to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

“This is a great sacrament: but I speak in Christ, and in the church.”  (Ephesians v, 25-32)

Online ebook: “The Ritual of the New Testament”, by T.E. Bridgett

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On the anniversary of the issuance of the Apostolic Letter Given Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum” on the Use of the Roman Liturgy Prior to the Reform of 1970, by Pope Benedict XVI (7 July 2007), for which we offer our own prayer of thanksgiving:

Our God and Savior Jesus Christ, we thank You for giving us Summorum Pontificum through Your faithful vicar Benedict, who thus affirmed and strengthened our liberty to celebrate the living Forms of the Roman Rite. Grant that we, who are nourished by the liturgy and tradition of Your Body the Church, may be ever filled with Your grace and truth, that we might remain in Your love until death and dwell with You forever in heaven. Amen.

Online text: “The Primacy of the Pope and the Unity of the People of God”, by Cardinal Ratzinger


Pope Benedict XVI in Zagreb. Image from Wikipedia.

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“The Primacy of the Pope and the Unity of the People of God”, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Communio, vol. 41 (Spring 2014): pp. 112-128. Available in pdf format (here) through this page of Communio.

Posted on the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the Roman Rite.

“The Roman Pontiff – like all the faithful – is subject to the Word of God, to the Catholic faith, and is the guarantor of the Church’s obedience… He does not make arbitrary decisions, but is spokesman for the will of the Lord, who speaks to man in the Scriptures lived and interpreted by Tradition; in other words, the episkope of the primacy has limits set by divine law and by the Church’s divine, inviolable constitution found in Revelation. The Successor of Peter is the rock which guarantees a rigorous fidelity to the Word of God against arbitrariness and conformism…” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, The Primacy of the Successor of Peter in the Mystery of the Church, 7)

Online text: “Professional Ethics and Sanctification of Work”, by Carlos Llano Cifuentes

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Posted on the Feast of Saint Josemaria Escriva. See also the following works by the holy founder:

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“The Lord grants to every baptized person the necessary grace to reach the summits of divine charity. The small events of the day have within them an unsuspected greatness, and by living them with love towards God and towards one’s brethren, it is possible to overcome from the very start any split between faith and daily life” (Pope John Paul II, Address on “The Grandeur of Ordinary Life”)

“[T]he Church… insists first of all that the virtue of penitence be exercised in persevering faithfulness to the duties of one’s state in life, in the acceptance of the difficulties arising from one’s work and from human coexistence, in a patient bearing of the trials of earthly life and of the utter insecurity which pervades it…” (Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Constitution “Paenitemini”)





Online ebook: “The Glories of Divine Grace”, by Matthias Joseph Scheeben

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  • The Glories of Divine Grace: a free rendering of the original treatise of P. Eusebius Nieremberg, S. J, by Matthias Joseph Scheeben, translated from the fourth revised German edition by a Benedictine Monk of St. Meinrad’s Abbey, Ind., with the consent of the author and the permission of the superior (New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis: Benziger Brothers; London: R. Washbourne; Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, 1886). With Imprimatur for the original and approbation for the translation. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive.

See also:

  • The Catholic Doctrine of Grace, by George Hayward Joyce (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, 1920). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  • The Catholic Doctrine on Justification: Explained and Vindicated, by the Right Rev. Francis Patrick Kenrick (Philadelphia, Eugene Cummiskey, 1841). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc.) at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Catholic Understanding of Justification, Sanctification, and Grace Compared with the Protestant, by Msgr. Lawrence Moran and Ronald J. Eldred. 98 pages. Available in PDF format through this page of Reasons to Believe: Catholic Apologetics.
  • The Coming Home Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1: Salvation and Justification. 43 pages. Available in PDF format through this page at The Coming Home Network. Includes the following articles:
    • “We Do Not Stand Alone” by Todd von Kampen,
    • “One Saving Action” by Dwight Longenecker,
    •  “But How ARE Catholics Saved?” from the Catechism of the Catholic Church,
    • “Salvation from the Perspective of the Early Church Fathers” by Chris Erickson,
    • “Justification By Faith” by Dr. William Marshner,
    • “NOT By Faith Alone” by James Akin, and
    • “Faith Alone, Faith and Works, or Is It Something Else?” by Marcus C. Grodi
  • Dogmatic Theology VII. Grace, Actual and Habitual: A Dogmatic Treatise, by Joseph Pohle, translated by Arthur Preuss (St. Louis, Mo.: Herder, 1919). With Imprimatur. Available in PDF, Full Text and DjVu at Internet Archive. Another copy of the 1919 edition with Imprimatur is available in PDF, Full text, and EPUB formats at Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg. [NB, These are the best PDF copies online.] Still another copy of the 1919 edition is available in mutiple formats at Open Library and Internet Archive. The 1915 edition with Imprimatur is available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  • Living Tradition: Organ of the Roman Theological Forum, no. 25 (September 1989). Contains “Faith, Works and Justification”, by Brian W. Harrison, and “Wolfgang Smith: Teilhardism and the New Religion”, a review by John F. McCarthy. Available at the Roman Theological Forum.
  • Outlines of Dogmatic Theology, 2nd edition, in 3 volumes, by Sylvester Joseph Hunter, S.J. (London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1909). With Imprimatur. Volume III (Actual Grace, Justification, the Sacraments, the Last Things) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Sacraments Explained According to the Teaching and Doctrine of the Catholic Church; with an Introductory Treatise on Grace, by Arthur Devine (London: R. & T. Washbourn, 1918). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive.

On the Feast of Saint Prosper of Aquitaine; and on the anniversary of publication of the Augsburg Confession expounding the Lutheran heresy.

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them: he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father: and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him… If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him

I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. If any one remaineth not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him into the fire, and he burneth

As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love.” (St. John xiv, 21, 23, xv, 5-6, xvi, 9)


Online ebook: “On the Mysteries of Faith & the Interior Life”, by Rev. Henry Collins

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  • Spiritual Conferences on the Mysteries of Faith and the Interior Life, by Rev. Henry Collins (London: R. Washbourne, 1875). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats, at Internet Archive; and also available at Google Books and Google Play Store.
  • Spiritual Conferences, by Rev. Henry Collins, edited by Rev. Joseph Degen, with an Introduction by Bishop John Keily (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow: Burns Oates & Washbourne, 1920). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats, at Internet Archive.

On the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist in the Roman Rite.

“He said: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet, Isaias, said… I baptize with water: but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not. The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me: the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.” (St. John i, 23, 26-27)

Online text: “On the Council of Ephesus”, by Pope Pius XI

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On the Memorial of the Third Ecumenical Council at Ephesus in the Maronite church.

“[O]ur Lord Jesus Christ is true God and true man, perfect in his divinity and perfect in his humanity, consubstantial with the Father and consubstantial with us in all things but sin. His divinity and his humanity are united in one person, without confusion or change, without division or separation. In him has been preserved the difference of the natures of divinity and humanity, with all their properties, faculties and operations. But far from constituting “one and another”, the divinity and humanity are united in the person of the same and unique Son of God and Lord Jesus Christ, who is the object of a single adoration.” (Common Christological Declaration between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, 11 November 1994)

Online text: “The Calling of a Cardinal: Intrepid, Even to the Shedding of His Blood”, by Cardinal Burke

Martyr Cardinals

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  • ‘“Intrepid, Even to the Shedding of His Blood”: Homily on the occasion of the Ordinary Public Consistory, November 20, 2010′, by Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, D.D., J.C.D., from Inside the Vatican, November 23, 2010. May be read online on this page of Catholic Culture. Another copy is reproduced in the post “The Calling of a Cardinal: ‘Intrepid, Even to the Shedding of His Blood’”, 28 June 2017, at OnePeterFive, which describes it thus:
    • “Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke’s Sermon on St. Cecilia’s Day: Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of the Ordinary Public Consistory, November 20, 2010, Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr, November 22, 2010, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the Pontifical North American College, Rome”.
  • Also reproduced, with comments by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, in the post “Card. Burke’s first big sermon as Cardinal S.R.E.” at Fr. Z’s Blog.

On the history and function of the College of Cardinals and on the office (or munus) of its members, one may read the following:

  • Apostolic Constitution “Universi Dominici Gregis” on the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff, by Pope St. John Paul II (22 February 1996), available at the Holy See; as amended by Pope Benedict XVI through the Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio” Reinstating the Traditional Norms for the Majority Required to Elect the Supreme Pontiff (June 11, 2007), available in LatinFrench and German at the Holy See, and the Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio” on Certain Modifications to the Norms Governing the Election of the Roman Pontiff (22 February 2013), available at the Holy See.

  • Christ’s Kingdom on Earth: or, The Church and Her Divine Constitution, Organization, and Framework, Explained for the People, by Rev. James L. Meagher (New York: Russell Bros., 1892). With Imprimatur. Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.  [See Chapter xii: “The College of Cardinals”.]

  • The Externals of the Catholic Church: Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals, and Devotions, by Rev. John Francis Sullivan (New York : P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1917). With Imprimatur. May be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto). The 2nd edition with Imprimatur, revised to conform to the new code of canon law (New York: P. J. Kenedy & sons, 1918), may be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Open Library. [See Chapter ii: “The Cardinals and the Roman Court”.]

  • The Visible Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Sacramentals, Festivals and Devotions, a Compendium of “The Externals of the Catholic Church”, 5th ed., rev., by Rev. John F. Sullivan; with 120 illustrations from pen drawings by the author. (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1922). Available at Open Library. [See Lesson 2: “The Cardinals and the Roman Court”.]

On the Feast of St. John Fisher, Cardinal of the Roman Church, and St. Thomas More in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. From the text:

“Although not every Cardinal will be called to give his life in red martyrdom for the sake of the Church and, above all, for the sake of the exercise of the ministry of the Vicar of Christ on earth, he is called daily to be intrepid, to give his life in white martyrdom, steadfastly and courageously defending the Catholic Church and her holy faith in the care of Saint Peter and his successors…

“The Cardinal today is called, in a special way, to assist the Roman Pontiff in announcing all of the truths of the faith, but, in a particular way, the truth regarding the natural moral law to be observed for the good of all in society… [and] to assist the Successor of Saint Peter, in handing on, in an unbroken organic line, what Christ Himself has given us in the Church, His Eucharistic Sacrifice…”

Online text: “St. Thomas More, Christopher St. German, and the Schism of King Henry VIII”, by Samuel Gregg


Sir Thomas More, by Hans Holbein the Younger. Image from Wikipedia

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  • “Legal Revolution: St. Thomas More, Christopher St. German, and the Schism of King Henry VIII”, by Samuel Gregg, Ave Maria Law Review, vol. 5, issue 1 (2007): pp. 173-206. Available in pdf format (on this page) at Ave Maria Law Review.

On the Feast of St. Thomas More in the Roman Rite.

“We have passed God’s scrutiny, and he has seen fit to entrust us with the work of preaching; when we speak, it is with this in view; we would earn God’s good opinion, not man’s, since it is God who scrutinizes our hearts.” (I Thess. ii, 4)