Online text: “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith” (Instrumentum Laboris)

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  • Instrumentum Laboris “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith” for the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Vatican City, 2012). May be read online at the Holy See.
    • A summary of the document, “Transmitting the Christian Faith” by Archbishop Nikola Eterović, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops (from L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 27 June 2012, page 8), may be read on this page at the EWTN Libraries. Another summary may be found at the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
    • A commentary, “The Synod and the New Evangelization: Why It’s Important for U.S. Catholics” by Father James Wehner, is available on this page at the National Catholic Register.
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In remembrance of Father Andrew Apostoli (d. 13 December 2017), member and co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. 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 (No. 92):

“Announcing and proclaiming is not the task of any one person or a select few, but rather a gift given to every person who answers the call to faith. Transmitting the faith is not the work of one individual only, but instead, is the responsibility of every Christian and the whole Church…

“The transmission of the faith is a fundamental act of the Church… Evangelization openly proclaims the Gospel and is a call to conversion… Evangelization constantly nourishes the gift of communion among the faithful through the teaching of the faith, the celebration of the sacraments and the works of charity.”

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“There is a man I know who was carried out of himself in Christ, fourteen years since; was his spirit in his body? I cannot tell. Was it apart from his body? I cannot tell; God knows. This man, at least, was carried up into the third heaven. I can only tell you that this man, with his spirit in his body, or with his spirit apart from his body, God knows which, not I, was carried up into Paradise, and heard mysteries which man is not allowed to utter.” (II Corinthians xii, 2-4)

Free ebook: “The Happiness of Heaven”, by Rev. F.J. Boudreaux

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  • The Happiness of Heaven, 3rd edition, by Rev. F.J. Boudreaux, S.J. (London: Burns & Oates, 1881). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive and may be read online at Google Books. An earlier edition (Baltimore, New York: John Murphy Company), with 1870 approbation, is also available at Internet Archive.
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    An edition of the same work, its author stated to be a Father of the Society of Jesus (Baltimore: John Murphy & Company; New York: Catholic Publication Society, 1871), is available at Manybooks.net,  Internet Archive, and Project Gutenberg, and may be read online at Google Books, Bible Hub, and Read Central. Yet another edition whose its author is stated to be a Father of the Society of Jesus (London: Burns & Oates) may be read online at Google Books.

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“At present, we are looking at a confused reflection in a mirror; then, we shall see face to face; now, I have only glimpses of knowledge; then, I shall recognize God as he has recognized me. Meanwhile, faith, hope and charity persist, all three; but the greatest of them all is charity.” (I Corinthians xii, 12-13)

Online text: “The Wrong of Abortion”, by Patrick Lee & Robert P. George

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  • “The Wrong of Abortion”, by Patrick Lee and Robert P. George, from Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics, edited by Andrew I. Cohen and Christopher Wellman (Blackwell Publishers, 2005). Available in pdf format at Blackwell Publishing.

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“The first right of the human person is his life… It does not belong to society, nor does it belong to public authority in any form to recognize this right for some and not for others: all discrimination is evil, whether it be founded on race, sex, color or religion. It is not recognition by another that constitutes this right. This right is antecedent to its recognition; it demands recognition and it is strictly unjust to refuse it.

“Any discrimination based on the various stages of life is no more justified than any other discrimination… In reality, respect for human life is called for from the time that the process of generation begins. From the time that the ovum is fertilized, a life is begun which is neither that of the father nor of the mother, it is rather the life of a new human being with his own growth. It would never be made human if it were not human already.”

(Declaration on Procured Abortion, by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, November 18, 1974, 11-12)

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  • Origin of the Holy Scriptures: Their Progress, Transmission, Corruptions, and True Character, 2nd edition (London: Burns & Lambert; Dublin, London. Derby: Richardson & Son; Edinburgh: J. Miller, 1864). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive.
  • What appears to be the first edition, The Holy Scriptures: Their Origin, Progress, Transmission, Corruptions, and True Character (London: Charles Dolman, 1850), is also available at Internet Archive.

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“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (II Thess. ii, 15, KJV)

Online text: “The Influence of Catholic Social Doctrine on Human Rights”, by Professor Mary Ann Glendon

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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)

Online text: “The Living Legacy of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen”, by Dr. William A. Borst

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In remembrance of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen (d. 9 December 1979). 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)

Curiously enough, it is a fear of how grace will change and improve them that keeps many souls away from God. They want God to take them as they are and let them stay that way. They want Him to take away their love of riches, but not their riches—to purge them of the disgust of sin, but not of the pleasure of sin.

Some of them equate goodness with indifference to evil and think that God is good if He is broad-minded or tolerant about evil. Like the onlookers at the Cross, they want God on their terms, not His, and they shout, “Come down, and we will believe.” But the things they ask are the marks of a false religion: it promises salvation without a cross, abandonment without sacrifice, Christ without his nails.

God is a consuming fire; our desire for God must include a willingness to have the chaff burned from our intellect and the weeds of our sinful will purged… Because God is fire, we cannot escape Him, whether we draw near for conversion or flee from aversion: in either case, He affects us. If we accept His love, its fires will illumine and warm us; if we reject Him, they will still burn on in us in frustration and remorse.

(Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. Paragraph breaks supplied.)

Free ebook: “The Blessed Virgin in the Fathers of the First Six Centuries”, by Thomas Livius

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  • The Blessed Virgin in the Fathers of the First Six Centuries, by Thomas Livius, C.Ss.R., with a Preface by Herbert Cardinal Vaughan, Archbishop of Westminster (London: Burns and Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger, 1893). May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, text, etc.) at Internet Archive. Also available at Google Books.
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On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 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 was the ark formed of incorruptible wood. For by this is signified that His tabernacle was exempt from putridity and corruption.” (Hippolytus [A.D. 235], as quoted in Taylor Marshall.com)

e-Livre gratuit: “Histoire de Saint Ambroise”, par Mgr. Baunard

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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.)

Free ebook: “Catholic Hymns for Youthful and Infant Minds”, by M.A.P.

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  • Catholic Hymns for Youthful and Infant Minds; to which are added, a Few Poems on Subjects Interesting to Catholic Readers, by M. A. P (London : T. Jones, 1847). May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc.), at Internet Archive.
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On the Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra. 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!