Online ebook: “The Lord’s Prayer”, by Peter Kreeft

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On the Feast of St. Anthony of Egypt 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).

“Of all prayers the Lord’s Prayer is the best… [T]his prayer gives us more confidence than all other prayers; for it was made by our Advocate, who is the wisest of all askers.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, The Lord’s Prayer)

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Online ebook: “Eucharistic Meditations of the Curé d’Ars”, by St. John Vianney

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On the Feast of Pope St. Marcellus I 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). From the text:

“How many there are who have the temerity to come to the Holy Table with sins unconfessed or disguised in Confession. How many have not the contrition that the good God demands of them, and keep a secret will to commit sin again and not to make every effort to correct themselves… If ever you have been in these dispositions when going to Holy Communion, you have been guilty of sacrilege…

“The unworthy communicant is a traitor and a hypocrite… The unworthy communicant is an ungrateful person… The unworthy communicant is a parricide.”

Free ebook: “Catechism of the Diocese of Paris”, translated by M.J. Piercy

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  • Catechism of the Diocese of Paris, translated from the French by M.J. Piercy (London, Dublin, Derby: Richardson and Son, 1850). With episcopal approbation. May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc.), at Open Library and Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive. Also available at Google Books.
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On the Memorial of Saint Remigius in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (calendar of France). 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: “The Hidden Life of Jesus: A Lesson and Model to Christians”, by Archdeacon Henri-Marie Boudon

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  • The Hidden Life of Jesus: A Lesson and Model to Christians, by Archdeacon Henri-Marie Boudon, translated by Edward Healy Thompson (London: Burns, Oates, & Co.; Dublin: Kelly, 1869). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc.) at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive; and also available at Google Books. Offered for sale at Amazon with a 2nd copy at Amazon.
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On the Feast of the Infant Jesus of Prague. 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).

“And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.” (St. Luke ii, 51)

Online text: “The Catholic Understanding of Justification”, by Msgr. Lawrence Moran and Ronald J. Eldred

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On the anniversary of the approval of the Decree Concerning Justification at Session VI of the Council of Trent (13 January 1547). 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).

“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

Online text: “Allocution to the Italian Association of Large Families” by Pope Pius XII

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In belated observance of the feast of Blessed Eurosia Fabris (Mamma Rosa). 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).

“Behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the fruit of the womb.” (Psalm cxxvii, 3 Douay-Rheims)

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“God Himself… wishing to share with man a certain special participation in His own creative work, blessed male and female, saying: “Increase and multiply” (Gen. 1:28). Hence… the true practice of conjugal love, and the whole meaning of the family life which results from it, have this aim: that the couple be ready with stout hearts to cooperate with the love of the Creator and the Savior. Who through them will enlarge and enrich His own family day by day.

Parents should regard as their proper mission the task of transmitting human life and educating those to whom it has been transmitted. They should realize that they are thereby cooperators with the love of God the Creator, and are, so to speak, the interpreters of that love…

Thus, trusting in divine Providence and refining the spirit of sacrifice, married Christians glorify the Creator and strive toward fulfillment in Christ when with a generous human and Christian sense of responsibility they acquit themselves of the duty to procreate. Among the couples who fulfil their God-given task in this way, those merit special mention who with a gallant heart and with wise and common deliberation, undertake to bring up suitably even a relatively large family.” (Second Vatican Council, Pastoral Constitution “Gaudium et spes” on the Church in the Modern World, 7 December 1965)

Online ebook: “Sacred and Sublime Orations”, by Cardinal Gibbons, Cardinal Newman, Cardinal Manning, etc.

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  • Catholic Oratory: A Compilation of Sacred and Sublime Orationsselected from the Sermons and Discourses of Cardinal Gibbons, Cardinal Newman, Cardinal Manning, The Lenten Lectures and Sermons of Cardinal Wiseman, Archbishop Ryan, of Philadelphia; Bishop Keane, Catholic University, Washington; Bishop Conroy, Father Buckley, Father Merrick, SJ.; Father Brandi, SJ.; Father O’Keeffe, Father Lambing, and Rev. Dr. Brann. Also Father Maguire’s “Refutation of Heresies, and Defence of Catholic Dogma”; besides Sermons and Essays of other Eminent Ecclesiastics. Embellished with portraits of the American and English cardinals and numerous beautiful engravings (New York: Duggan Publishing Company, 1891). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
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On the Feast of Saint Leucius of Brindisi and Saint Tomasso da Cori. 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 adjure thee in the sight of God, and of Jesus Christ, who is to be the judge of living and dead, in the name of his coming, and of his kingdom, preach the word, dwelling upon it continually, welcome or unwelcome; bring home wrong-doing, comfort the waverer, rebuke the sinner, with all the patience of a teacher. The time will surely come, when men will grow tired of sound doctrine, always itching to hear something fresh; and so they will provide themselves with a continuous succession of new teachers, as the whim takes them, turning a deaf ear to the truth, bestowing their attention on fables instead. It is for thee to be on the watch, to accept every hardship, to employ thyself in preaching the gospel, and perform every duty of thy office, keeping a sober mind.” (I Timothy iv, 1-5)

Online ebook: “The Condemnation of Pope Honorius”, by William George Ward

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On the Feast of Pope St. Agatho I. 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)

“[T]he reason he first said ‘The scribes and pharisees sit upon the chair of Moses’ was so that what he then added, viz., ‘Do everything and observe everything they tell you,’ [Matthew xxiii, 2-3] might be understood to apply to those things which pertain to that chair. However, things which are contrary to the faith or to good morals do not pertain to that chair.” (St. Thomas AquinasQuodlibet 3.4.2)

Online text: “Islam, Interreligious Dialogue and Evangelization: The Catholic Response”, by Dr. André Villeneuve

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In belated observance of the Feast of Saint Abo of Tiflis. 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…

“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…

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

Online ebook: “The Catholic Church the Way of Salvation as Revealed in the Holy Scriptures”, by Rev. Augustine F. Hewit

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On the Feast of the Baptism of our divine Lord Jesus Christ 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).

“[A] man cannot see the kingdom of God without being born anew…. [N]o man can enter into the kingdom of God unless birth comes to him from water, and from the Holy Spirit” (St. John iii, 3, 5)

“A man’s body is all one… so it is with Christ. We too, all of us, have been baptized into a single body by the power of a single Spirit… we have all been given drink at a single source, the one Spirit.” (I Corinthians xii, 12-13)

“All you who have been baptized in Christ’s name have put on the person of Christ” (Galatians iii, 27)

“Christ is the head of the Church, he, the Saviour on whom the safety of his body depends… Christ shewed love to the Church when he gave himself up on its behalf. He would hallow it, purify it by bathing it in the water to which his word gave life; he would summon it into his own presence, the Church in all its beauty, no stain, no wrinkle, no such disfigurement; it was to be holy, it was to be spotless… It is unheard of, that a man should bear ill-will to his own flesh and blood; no, he keeps it fed and warmed; and so it is with Christ and his Church; we are limbs of his body; flesh and bone, we belong to him” (Ephesians v, 23, 25-27, 29-30)