Free ebook: Commentary on St. Luke, collected out of the Fathers by St. Thomas Aquinas, translated by St. John Henry Newman

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“Many have been at pains to set forth the history of what time has brought to fulfilment among us, following the tradition of those first eye-witnesses who gave themselves up to the service of the word. And I too, most noble Theophilus, have resolved to put the story in writing for thee as it befell, having first traced it carefully from its beginnings, that thou mayst understand the instruction thou hast already received, in all its certainty.” (St. Luke i, 1-4)

Online text: “The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful”, by Pope John Paul II (with related texts)

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  • Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Christifideles Laici” on the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, by Pope John Paul II, December 30, 1988. May be read online ar the Holy See and at IntraText.

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On the Feast of Saint Gerald of Aurillac; and on the occassion of the canonization of John Henry Cardinal Newman. For more legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

Texto en linea: “Conciencia y Verdad”, por Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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“[P]odemos ahora comprender correctamente el brindis de Newman antes por la conciencia y sólo después por el Papa. El Papa no puede imponer a los fieles católicos ningún mandamiento solo porque él lo quiere o porque lo considera útil… El significado auténtico de la autoridad doctrinal del Papa consiste en el hecho de que él es el garante de la memoria. El Papa no impone desde fuera sino que desarrolla la memoria cristiana y la defiende.

“Por ello, el brindis por la conciencia ha de preceder al Papa, porque sin conciencia no tiene ningún papado. Todo el poder que él tiene es poder de la conciencia: servicio al doble recuerdo, sobre el que se basa la fe y que tiene que ser continuamente purificada, ampliada y defendida contra las formas de destrucción de la memoria, que está amenazada tanto por una subjetividad que ha olvidado el propio fundamento, como por las dificultades de un conformismo social y cultural.”

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Online text: “John Paul II on Capital Punishment”, by Kevin E. Miller

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Posted for the World Day against the Death Penalty. 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 I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way, and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways…  For when the just shall depart from his justice, and commit iniquities, he shall die in them. And when the wicked shall depart from his wickedness, and shall do judgments and justice, he shall live in them.” (Ezechiel xxx, 11)

“For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil… Do that which is good: and thou shalt have praise from the same. For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is the minister of God: and avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil.” (Romans xiii, 3-4)

“Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion… There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty…” (Memorandum of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, made public in July 2004)

Online text: “Newman’s Grammar of Assent and Contemporary Skepticism”, by Anselm Ramelow

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  • “Knowledge and Normality: Bl. John Henry Newman’s Grammar of Assent and Contemporary Skepticism”, by Anselm Ramelow, O.P., Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 11, No. 4 (2013): pp. 1081–114. Available at Academia.edu, uploaded by Anselm Ramelow.

On the Feast of Abraham the Patriarch, Saint Dionysius the Areopagite and Blessed John Henry Newman. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“We believe that at the beginning of everything is the eternal Word, with Reason and not Unreason… We rejoice that we can know God! And we try to help others see the reasonableness of faith, as Saint Peter in his First Letter explicitly urged the Christians of his time to do, and with them, ourselves as well (cf. 3:15)!

“We believe in God… But… in what God? Certainly we believe in the God who is Creator Spirit, creative Reason, the source of everything that exists, including ourselves… This creative Reason is Goodness, it is Love… God has taken on a human face. He has loved us even to the point of letting himself be nailed to the Cross for our sake, in order to bring the sufferings of mankind to the very heart of God…

“[I]t is important to state clearly the God in whom we believe, and to proclaim confidently that this God has a human face… Only this God saves us from being afraid of the world and from anxiety before the emptiness of life. Only by looking to Jesus Christ does our joy in God come to fulfilment and become redeemed joy.”

(Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Islinger Feld, Regensburg)

Online text: “Encyclical on the Council of Chalcedon”, by Pope Pius XI

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God…. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us: and we saw his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth… And of his fulness we all have received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, grace and truth by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (St. John i, 1-2, 14, 16-18)

“So, following the saintly fathers, we all with one voice teach the confession of one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ… truly God and truly man… begotten before the ages from the Father as regards his divinity, and in the last days the same for us and for our salvation from Mary, the virgin God-bearer as regards his humanity… acknowledged in two natures… a single person and a single subsistent being… one and the same only-begotten Son, God, Word, Lord Jesus Christ”. (Council of Chalcedon, Definition of the Faith)

Libro gratis: “Ofrecimiento del Santísimo Rosario”, por José Ruiz de Sorzano

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  • Ofrecimiento del Santísimo Rosario, Segun el Uso de la Sagrada Religion de Nuestro Padre Santo Domingo de Guzman, por Don José Ruiz de Sorzano (Madrid: Imprenta de Aguado, 1823). Disponible en Internet Archive, con una secunda copia en Internet Archive, y Google Books.

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“Por estos misterios santos de que hemos hecho recuerdo, te pedimos, ¡oh María!, de la Fe santa, el aumento, la exaltación de la Iglesia; del Papa el mejor acierto. Que el gentil conozca a Dios. Que todos los pecadores tengamos arrepentimiento. Que los enfermos tengan la salud. Que en el purgatorio logren las ánimas refrigerio. Y que este santo sacrificio tenga efecto tan completo en toda la cristiandad, que alcancemos por su medio, el ir a alabar a Dios en tu compañía en el cielo. Amén.” (De las Siervas de los Corazones Traspasados de Jesús y María)

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Livre gratuit: “Saint Bruno et l’Ordre des Chartreux”, par l’Abbe F.-A. Lefebvre

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Online text: “The Call to Teach”, by Dr. Jamie F. Arthur

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Free ebook: “The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi; and a Sketch of the Franciscan Order”

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  • The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi; and a Sketch of the Franciscan Order, by a Religious of the Order of Poor Clares, with emendations and additions by Very Rev. Pamfilo da Magliano, O.S.F., published with the approbation of the Most Rev. John McCloskey, D.D. (New York: P. O’Shea, 1867). Available in pdf, epub, kindle, and other formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with another copy at Internet Archive and Open Library. Also available at HathiTrust Digital Library and Google Books.

For the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi in the Roman Rite. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).