Online ebook: “More Joy”, by Bishop Paul Wilhelm von Keppler

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  • More Joy, 3rd edition, by the Rt. Rev. Paul Wilhelm von Keppler, Bishop of Rottenburg, adapted into English from the edition of 1911, by the Rev. Joseph McSorley, C.S.P. (St. Louis, Freiburg (Baden), London: B. Herder, 1916). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, and other formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library. Another copy (with some pages accessible only by members) is available at Forgotten Books.

In observance of the International Day of Happiness, 2018. 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)

As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, as I also have kept my Father’s commandments, and do remain in his love. These things I have spoken to you: that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled.” (St. John xv, 9-11)

“Man’s life is like the grass, he blooms and dies like a flower in the fields; once the hot wind has passed over, it has gone, forgotten by the place where it grew. But the Lord’s worshippers know no beginning or end of his mercy; he will keep faith with their children’s children, do they but hold fast by his covenant, and live mindful of his law.” (Psalm ciii, 2-5, 15-19)


Text and audiobook: “Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to the Men of the Diocese of Phoenix”, by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted


Sagrada Familia, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Image from Wikipedia

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On the Feast of Saint Joseph, foster father of our divine Lord Jesus Christ and chaste husband of our Lord’s Blessed Mother, 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)

“Up, then, gird thee like a man, and speak out all the message I give thee. Meet them undaunted, and they shall have no power to daunt thee. Strong I mean to make thee this day as fortified city, or pillar of iron, or wall of bronze, to meet king, prince, priest of Juda, and common folk all the country through; impregnable thou shalt be to their attack; am I not at thy side, the Lord says, to deliver thee?” (Jeremias i, 17-19)

Online ebook: “Explanation of the Apostles’ Creed”, adapted from the original of Rev. H. Rolfus

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  • Explanation of the Apostles’ Creed: A Thorough Exposition of Catholic Faith, With Numerous Examples from Holy Scripture, the Fathers, and Other Sources, Adapted from the Original of Rev. H. Rolfus, D.D., New, Revised Edition (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger, 1907). With Imprimatur. Available at HathiTrust Digital Library. Also available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, and other formats at Open Library, Internet Archive, and Internet Archive (2nd copy).
  • Explanation of the Apostles’ Creed: A Thorough Exposition of Catholic Faith, Adapted from the Original of Rev. H. Rolfus, D.D., with a Reflection, Practice, and Prayer on each Article of the Creed, by the Very Rev. Ferreol Girardey, C.Ss.R. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger, 1902). With Imprimatur. Available at HathiTrust Digital Library.

On the Feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem and St. Alexander of Jerusalem. 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… impossible to separate the act of faith from its contents, that is, from the articles of the Creed. Faith cannot be a formal trust in a person who remains materially unknown to us in his being and essence, in his history and destiny. To love a person also means to want to know that person’s truth. Therefore, the content of faith is significant for our salvation. The articles of faith do not convey theoretical projections and moral postulates. Rather, they are a confession of God himself who in his words and deeds communicates himself to us as truth and life…

“Thus, faith is significant for salvation not only inasmuch as it implies trusting that God will forgive us for Christ’s sake… There is also another essential aspect of faith, namely the knowledge of God. This means that we acknowledge God in the truths that he has revealed for our salvation… If we want to be saved, we must believe “that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead” (cf. Rom 10:9)… To speak of Christianity as dogmatic… is to say that it is based on God’s historical self-revelation.’

(Gerhard Cardinal Müller, “Is There a Saving Truth? The Salvific Relevance of the Rule of Faith“.)

Online ebook: “From Fetters to Freedom: Trials and Triumphs of Irish Faith”, by the Rev. Robert Kane

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  • From Fetters to Freedom: Trials and Triumphs of Irish Faith, by the Rev. Robert Kane, S.J. (New York, London, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras: Longmans, Green and Co., 1915). Available in various format (pdf, mobi/kindle, epub, etc.) at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive; and also available at Forgotten Books.

On the Memorial of Saint Patrick in the Roman Rite; and with fervent prayer for once-holy Ireland and her once-faithful people. 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).

“I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” (Revelation ii, 2-5)

Online text: Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania, 10: Struggle for Survival

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  • Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania (Translation of Authentic First-Hand Reports from Soviet-Occupied Lithuania), No. 10: Struggle for Survival (Maspeth, Long Island, New York: The Lithuanian Roman Catholic Priests’ League). With a letter to the Lithuanian people from Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty dated “75 02 22” or 22 February 1975, which only appears on the pdf copy. May be read online on this page and available in pdf format on this page at Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania. [N.B., The title of the Chronicle in Lithuanian appears to be Lietuvos Katalikų Bažnyčios Kronika]

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From page 12 of the text:

“The atheists, taking a page out of the Czars’ book, wish to use ecclesiastical leadership in their war against the Catholic Church. They try to place in responsible positions bishops cr [sic] priests submissive to the government, who would carry out directives detrimental to the Church, misinform the faithful world-wide about so-called freedom [sic] of the Church, and promulgate the regulations of the atheists government among the priests, to restrict the priests’ work: the catechizing of children, canonical visitation of parishes, etc.

“The Church of Silence will never understand the kind of diplomacy which would make it possible for the atheists to rejoice over the fact that the Vatican itself disagrees with those priests and laity who are struggling and suffering for the Fai[t]h. In return for diplomatic concessoins [sic], the atheistic government can promise much, sign the most beautiful treaties, but these will remain a dead letter, like the Declaration of Human Rights, which the atheistic government signed.”

From the letter of Cardinal Mindszenty to the Lithuanian people (on page 3 of the text):

“You are one of the oldest nations on European soil and firmly rooted in the Faith and in the Church of Christ… [Y]ou have lived through glorious times and—more important—through times of persecution and suffering. Your nation now faces probably the hardest ordeal of its history. Do not lose heart. Injustice, wrong and crime will never be transformed into justice, right and blessings merely by the fact that a long interval has elapsed. Have confidence, pray and renew yourselves spiritually and your country and your nation will be restored to freedom and dignity. Do not hate; the more and better we pray for our persecutors, the sooner will their hearts be converted to what we pray for.”

Online text: “Evidence for God from Physics and Philosophy”, by Dr. Robert J. Spitzer

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[T]hat which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it to them. For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made: his eternal power also and divinity” (Romans i, 19-20)

“The perpetual agreement of the Catholic Church has maintained and maintains… that there is a twofold order of knowledge, distinct not only as regards its source, but also as regards its object… With regard to the source, we know at the one level by natural reason, at the other level by divine faith…

“Even though faith is above reason, there can never be any real disagreement between faith and reason, since it is the same God who reveals the mysteries and infuses faith, and who has endowed the human mind with the light of reason… God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever be in opposition to truth…” (First Vatican Council, Session III, Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith “Dei Filius”, chap. iv, 1-2, 5-6)

Online talk: “A Church in Crisis”, by Bishop Athanasius Schneider

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On the Feast of St. Nikephoros I of Constantinople. 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 apostasy must come first; the champion of wickedness must appear first, destined to inherit perdition… At present there is a power (…) which holds him in check, so that he may not shew himself before the time appointed to him; meanwhile, the conspiracy of revolt is already at work; only, he who checks it now will be able to check it, until he is removed from the enemy’s path. Then it is that the rebel will shew himself; and the Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of his mouth…

“We must always give thanks in your name, brethren… God has picked you out as the first-fruits in the harvest of salvation, by sanctifying your spirits and convincing you of his truth; he has called you, through our preaching, to attain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Stand firm, then, brethren, and hold by the traditions you have learned, in word or in writing, from us. So may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, so may God, our Father… encourage your hearts, and confirm you in every right habit of action and speech.” (II Thessalonians ii, 3, 6-8, 12-16)


Online ebook: “The Fundamentals of Gregorian Chant”, by Lura F. Heckenlively

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  • The Fundamentals of Gregorian Chant: A Simple Exposition of the Solesmes Principles Founded Mainly on “Le Nombre Musical Grégorien” of Dom André Mocquereau, by Lura F. Heckenlively (Tournai, Belgium: Society of St. John Evangelist, Desclée & Co., 1900). Available at Open Libraryand Internet Archive.

On the Feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great in the Eastern Catholic churches and in the Latin church (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).

Online text: “The Call to Holiness and Personal Vocation”, by Dr. Germain Grisez

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  • “The Call to Holiness and Personal Vocation” (lecture), by Professor Germain Grisez, Ph.D. Delivered on 16 October 2004 at a conference on personal vocation presented by the Newman Centre of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. Available in pdf format (here) through this page of The Way of the Lord Jesus.

On the Feast of Saint Frances of Rome in the Latin church and of the Forty Martyrs of Capadokia in the Maronite church; and in remembrance of Dr. Germain Grisez (1929-2018), Defender of the Faith. 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).

“Rid your minds, then, of every encumbrance, keep full mastery of your senses, and set your hopes on the gracious gift that is offered you when Jesus Christ appears. Obedience should be native to you now; you must not retain the mould of your former untutored appetites. No, it is a holy God who has called you, and you too must be holy in all the ordering of your lives; You must be holy, the scripture says, because I am holy. You appeal to God as your Father; yes, but he judges each man impartially by what he has done; look anxiously, then, to the ordering of your lives while your stay on earth lasts.” (I Peter i, 13-17)

Texto en linea: “Colaboración del Hombre y la Mujer”, por la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe

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