Free ebook: “Calvary and the Altar”, by Mademoiselle Guillemaut

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  • Calvary and the Altar; or, Devotions for the Octave of the Blessed Sacrament, the Forty Hours (Quarant’ ore) and the Days of Perpetual Adoration, by Mademoiselle [Léonie] Guillemaut; translated and with a preface by Lady Herbert [Mary Elizabeth Herbert, Baroness] (London, Dublin, Derby: Thomas Richardson and Son; New York: Henry H. Richardson & Co., 1870). Available in pdf, mobi/kindle, epub, and other formats at Internet Archive.

See also these texts and ebooks on the Sacrament of the Eucharist:

On the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, see the following books and texts:

On the worthy reception of Christ our Lord in Holy Communion, see the books and texts listed in our post “Online texts: Commentaries on ‘Amoris Laetitia’“, as well as the following texts:

Posted on the Feast of Corpus Christi 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).

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus, the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: do this for the commemoration of me. In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink it for the commemoration of me.

“For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord until he come. Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.” (I Corinthians xi, 23-29)

Free ebook: “God Our Father”, by a Father of the Society of Jesus

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  • God Our Father, by a Father of the Society of Jesus (Rev. F.J. Boudreaux, S.J.) (London: Burns and Oates, 1878). May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive. An earlier impression (Baltimore: John Murphy & Co.; New York: Catholic Publication Society, 1873) with Imprimatur and superior’s approbation is available at Internet Archive and Open Library.

See also these other texts relating to God the Father:

See also these texts and audio on the Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father”, “Pater Noster”):

  • The Lord’s Prayer, by Frederick N. Lynk, S.V.D. (Techny, Illinois: Mission Press, S.V.D., 1915). May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive. [Legal Notice: We believe that this work is in the public domain in the United States in view of its year of publication; but we are uncertain if it is in the public domain in other jurisdictions, as we are unable to determine the year of the author’s decease. Advice on this point would be highly appreciated.]
  • The Lord’s Prayer, by Peter Kreeft (New Haven, CT:  Knights of Columbus Supreme Council—Catholic Information Service, 2001). With Imprimatur. The audiobook may be listened to, and is available in mp3 format, and the ebook may be viewed online and is available in pdf format, at the Catholic Information Service of the Knights of Columbus.
  • The “Our Father”: A Booklet for Young and Old, from the German of F.X. Wetzel (St. Louis, Mo., B. Herder, 1899). May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive. [No Imprimatur, but printed by a reliably faithful and orthodox publishing house]
  • The Our Father, Analyzed According to the Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas, by Rev. J.G. Haen, S.J., translated by a Visitation Nun (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1903). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
  • Saint Teresa’s Pater Noster: A Treatise on Prayer, by Joseph Giuseppe Frassinetti, translated by William Hutch, D.D. (London: Burns & Oates; New York: Catholic Publication Society Co., 1887). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.

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Posted for the Feast of the Holy Trinity in the one true and Catholic Church; and in solidarity with the celebration of Father’s Day in the United States and other nations. [N.B., And is it not a gift of our provident Lord that, in this evil year when both the Divine Paternity and men’s spiritual and physical fatherhood are obscured by error and sin, Father’s Day is being celebrated on the same day as the Solemnity of the Triune God? Pater noster, sanctificetur nomen Tuum!]

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[G]o out, making disciples of all nations, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all the commandments which I have given you.” (St. Matthew xxviii, 19-20)

[W]hen he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth… All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine. Therefore, I said, that he shall receive of mine, and will shew it to you” (St. John xvi, 13, 15)

Online text: “On the Christian Moral Order”, by the Vatican II Preparatory Theological Commission

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  • Draft of a Dogmatic Constitution on the Christian Moral Order, by the Preparatory Theological Commission for the Second Vatican Council, translated by Fr. Joseph A. Komonchak (2012). Available in pdf format (on this page) at In Verbo Veritatis.

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Posted on the Feast of Saint Stanisław Szczepanowski (Saint Stanislaus the Martyr) in the Extraordinary Form of 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). Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints!

Online text: “Towards a Spirituality of Work for the 21st Century”, by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

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On the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker 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).

Online ebook: “The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy”, by the Congregation for the Clergy

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On Divine Mercy Sunday, 2019. 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).

“When I say to the wicked: O wicked man, thou shalt surely die: if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked man from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at thy hand. But if thou tell the wicked man, that he may be converted from his ways, and he be not converted from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul…

“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…

“And if I shall say to the wicked: Thou shalt surely die: and he do penance for his sin and do judgment and justice; And if that wicked man restore the pledge, and render what he had robbed, and walk in the commandments of life, and do no unjust thing, he shall surely live, and shall not die.”

(Ezechiel xxxiii, 8-9, 11, 14-15)

“‘Neither will I condemn you.’ What is this, O Lord? Do You therefore favor sins? Not so, evidently. Mark what follows: ‘Go, henceforth sin no more’. Therefore the Lord did also condemn, but condemned sins, not man. For if He were a patron of sin, He would say, Neither will I condemn you; go, live as you will: be secure in my deliverance; how much soever you will sin, I will deliver you from all punishment even of hell, and from the tormentors of the infernal world. He said not this…

“The Lord is gentle, the Lord is long-suffering, the Lord is pitiful; but the Lord is also just, the Lord is also true. He bestows on you space for correction; but you love the delay of judgment more than the amendment of your ways… You are always expecting, and from the mercy of God makest exceeding great promises to yourself. As if He, who has promised you pardon through repentance, promised you also a longer life. How do you know what tomorrow may bring forth?…

“Accordingly, for the sake of those who are in danger by despair, He has offered us a refuge of pardon; and because of those who are in danger by hope, and are deluded by delays, He has made the day of death uncertain… Thus therefore said He to the woman, ‘Neither will I condemn you’; but, being made secure concerning the past, beware of the future. ‘Neither will I condemn you’: I have blotted out what you have done; keep what I have commanded you, that you may find what I have promised.”

(St. Augustine, Tractate xxxiii on the Gospel of John, 6-8)

Online ebook: “Faith and Reason according to Benedict XVI”

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This ebook collects the following addresses:

  • “The Listening Heart: Reflections on the Foundations of Law”, address of Benedict XVI at the Reichstag Building, Berlin on the occasion of his visit to the Bundestag on 22 September 2011 (during his Apostolic Journey to Germany, on 22-25 September 2011) (© 2011, Libreria Editrice Vaticana).

Posted for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and in belated commemoration of the anniversary of the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) as Bishop of Rome (19 April). 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).

“[N]ot to act in accordance with reason is contrary to God’s nature…

“John began the prologue of his Gospel with the words: “In the beginning was the λόγος”… Logos means both reason and word—a reason which is creative and capable of self-communication, precisely as reason. John thus spoke the final word on the biblical concept of God… From the very heart of Christian faith and, at the same time, the heart of Greek thought now joined to faith, Manuel II was able to say: Not to act ‘with logos’ is contrary to God’s nature.

“[T]he faith of the Church has always insisted that between God and us, between his eternal Creator Spirit and our created reason there exists a real analogy… [T]he truly divine God is the God who has revealed himself as logos and, as logos, has acted and continues to act lovingly on our behalf… Consequently, Christian worship is, again to quote Paul—”λογικη λατρεία”, worship in harmony with the eternal Word and with our reason”. (Pope Benedict XVI, 2006 Regensburg Address)

Online Text: “Global Climate Change and Biodiversity”, edited by Peter H. Raven

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  • Geosphere-Biosphere Interactions and Climate: Scripta Varia 96, by the Working Group of 9-13 November 1998 of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 2001). Published by the Cambridge University Press. The ebook is available at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The paper copy may be purchased at Cambridge University Press and at Amazon.
    • The genesis of the essays contained in the text is explained thus on the websites of Nature and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: “From 9-13 November 1998 an important workshop was held at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. This workshop on the subject of Geosphere-Biosphere Interactions and Climate was concerned with those environmental and climatic changes which may pose a threat to human society during the course of the next century… This meeting of world experts at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences summarised our present-day knowledge about the subject and identified gaps in our understanding of how the earth’s climate is affected by greenhouse gases, deforestation, and the circulation of the oceans.”
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See also these texts/ebooks written primarily from the perspective of the philosophical and theological sciences:

  • The Challenge of Climate Change and Environmental Justice: A Distinctive Catholic Contribution”, by Thomas G. Wenski, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, Vol. 23, pp. 497-514 (2009). Available in PDF format at the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy.
  • A Deeper Ecology: A Catholic Vision of the Person in Nature” by Mary Taylor, Communio: International Catholic Review, Volume 38 (Winter 2011). Available in PDF format (on this page) at Second Spring.
  • Ecology and the Common Good: Sustainability and Catholic Social Teaching”, by Russell Butkus and Steven Kolmes, Journal of Catholic Social Thought, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2007): pp. 403-436. Available in pdf format at the University of Portland.
  • Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si’” on Care for Our Common Home, by Pope Francis, 24 May 2015. May be read online at the Holy See.
  • The Green Popes: Benedict XVI and John Paul II on the Environment, by Brother Ignatius Schweitzer, O.P. (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2010). With Imprimatur. Part of the Veritas Series “Proclaiming the Faith in the Third Millennium”, under General Editor Father Juan-Diego Brunetta, O.P., Director of the Catholic Information Service, Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. Available in pdf format on this page of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.
  • “’If You Want To Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation’: Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, 1 January 2010”, by Pope Benedict XVI, 8 December 2009 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2009). May be read online at the Holy See.

Posted in observance of Earth Day, 2019. 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).

“What air is for biological life, the Holy Spirit is for the spiritual life; and as there is air pollution, that poisons the environment and living things, there is also pollution of the heart and the spirit, that mortifies and poisons spiritual existence. In the same way that we should not be complacent about the poisons in the air — and for this reason ecological efforts are a priority today — we should also not be complacent about that which corrupts the spirit.

“But instead it seems that our minds and hearts are menaced by many pollutants that circulate in society today — the images, for example, that make pleasure a spectacle, violence that degrades men and women — and people seem to habituate themselves to this without any problem. It is said that this is freedom but it is just a failure to recognize all that which pollutes, poisons the soul, above all of the new generations, and ends up limiting freedom itself.

“The metaphor of the strong driving wind of Pentecost makes one think of how precious it is to breathe clean air, be it physical air [with our] lungs, or spiritual air — the healthy air of the spirit that is love — with our heart.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Homily on the Solemnity of Pentecost, 31 May 2009. Paragraph breaks supplied.)

 

Online ebook: 2018-2019 Liturgical Year: Easter, edited by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock

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  • 2018-2019 Liturgical Year, Volume 4: Easter, edited by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock (Manassas, VA: Trinity Communications, 2018). Available in pdf, mobi, and epub formats through this index page of Catholic Culture: Free Catholic eBooks. [N.B., The ebooks may be accessed upon login or a free subscription. Registration takes less than a minute, though we recommend taking another 2 minutes to input a password and modify other details of one’s account.] As summarized in the index page:
    • “This fourth volume of the 2018-2019 Liturgical Year series covers all the days of Easter Season from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost Sunday, providing a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, penitential spirituality, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes.”

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  • Contemplations and Meditations on the Passion and Death, and on the Glorious Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, According to the Method of St. Ignatius, 5th edition, [by Charles Michel Alexandre de Brandt,] translated from the French by a Sister of Mercy, revised by the Rev. W. [William] H. Eyre, S.J. (London: Burns & Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1901). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats at Internet Archive (linked by the Free Traditional Catholic Books page of Traditional Catholic) and Open Library.
    • The 2nd edition (London: Burns & Oates), with the approbation of the Bishop of Birmingham, is available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats at Internet Archive.
    • The 2nd edition (London: Burns & Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1898), with Imprimatur, is available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats at Internet Archive.
  • The Mystery of Jesus, by Dom Savinien Louismet, 1858-1926 (London: Burns, Oates, & Washbourne; New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1922). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Risen Time: Easter as the Source of History”, by Professor José Granados, Communio 37 (Spring 2010): pp. 6-33. Available in pdf format (here) through this page at Communio: International Catholic Review.
  • The Tragedy of Calvary: or the Minute Details of Christ’s Life from Palm Sunday Morning till the Resurrection and Ascension; Taken from Prophecy, History, Revelations and Ancient Writings, by James L. Meagher (New York, N.Y. : Christian Press Association Publishing Co., 1905). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.

On the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Easter Sunday) in the one true and Catholic Church. 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).

Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Your Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Collect Prayer, Fourth Sunday of Advent, with some capitalization modified)

This post is dedicated to Father James V. Schall, S.J. (+17 April 2019), faithful shepherd and teacher, with prayer for his soul, sadness for his passing, and gratitude for his witness and service. Requiescat in pace.

Online text: “He Descended Into Hell”, by Pope John Paul II (in English, Español e Italiano)

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  • “He Descended Into Hell”, by Pope John Paul II. General Audience on January 11, 1989. Taken from L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 16 January 1989. May be read online on this page at Catholic Culture, and on this page of the Document and Audio Libraries of EWTN.
  • Also available en Español e Italiano:
    • Udienza Generale di Papa Giovanni Paolo II, Mercoledì, 11 gennaio 1989. Disponibile presso la Santa Sede.
    • “Descendió a los infiernos”: Audiencia General de Papa Juan Pablo II, Miércoles 11 de enero de 1989. Disponible en la Santa Sede.

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See these texts relating to the liturgy of Holy Saturday:

On Holy Saturday, 2019, in the one true and Catholic Church. 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).

“It was thus that Christ died as a ransom, paid once for all, on behalf of our sins, he the innocent for us the guilty, so as to present us in God’s sight. In his mortal nature he was done to death, but endowed with fresh life in his spirit, and it was in his spirit that he went and preached to the spirits who lay in prison… He sits, now, at the right hand of God, annihilating death, to make us heirs of eternal life; he has taken his journey to heaven, with all the angels and powers and princedoms made subject under his feet.” (1 Peter 3:17-19,22, formatting supplied)

Online text and audio: “Stations of the Cross”, by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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  • The audio of a similar version is provided in the video “Stations of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori – Sacred Art Series” at the Youtube channel of Will Bloomfield. It is narrated by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (“Fr. Z”) of www.wdtprs.com, with the verses of the “Stabat Mater” chanted, visually accompanied by the “Stations of the Cross painted by Pietro Rudolfi, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, California”, and with “Crux Fidelis during closing credits by Schola Sanctae Scholasticae, UK; St. Cecilia’s Abbey UK”.
  • The text of a similar version with the verses of the “Stabat Mater”, with responses, is provided in:
  • The text of a similar version, with Scriptural references and the stanzas of the Stabat Mater (in Latin and English), may read online at Fish Eaters. [N.B., The text is hosted on a website that rejects the hermeneutic of continuity and reform proposed by Pope Benedict XVI; hence readers are advised to exercises prayerful caution if they peruse the site.]
  • The version without the verses of the “Stabat Mater” is available in pdf format on this page at Holy Angels Catholic Church, and, under the title “Traditional Stations of the Cross”, on this page at Sophia Institute for Teachers; and it may be read online on this page at e-Catholic2000 and at Daily Catholic. [N.B., The last-mentioned host of the text, Daily Catholic, appears to reject the hermeneutic of continuity and reform proposed by Pope Benedict XVI; hence readers are advised to exercises prayerful caution is they peruse the rest of the site.]
  • The text of what appears to be a shorter version may be read online on this page at National Shrine of the Divine Mercy.

See these other meditations on the Way of the Cross:

Posted on Holy Friday (Good Friday), 2019 in the one true and Catholic Church. 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 adore You, oh Christ, and we bless You, for by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world!