Online ebook: A Comparison of the Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II with St. Thomas Aquinas, by Thomas Petri

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Fresco of Marriage at Cana, Annunciation Cathedral (Jerusalem). Photo by See The Holy Land. Image from Wikimedia Commons

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  • Locating a Spousal Meaning of the Body in the Summa Theologiae: A Comparison of a Central Idea Articulated in the Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II with the Mature Work of St. Thomas Aquinas (Dissertation), by Thomas Petri, S.T.D. (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 2010). 452 pages. Copyright and All Rights Reserved by Thomas Petri. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Catholic University of America University Libraries.

On the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite and of St. Agnes in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. See also our posts: “A Beginner’s Guide to Saint Thomas Aquinas” and “Free eBooks by (and about) Saint Thomas Aquinas“.

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Online ebook: “The Beauty and Truth of the Catholic Church”, volume 2, adapted and edited by the Rev. Edward Jones

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  • The Beauty and Truth of the Catholic Church, Volume II, sermons from the German, adapted and edited by the Rev. Edward Jones, with an Introduction by the Most Rev. John Ireland (St. Louis, London: B. Herder, 1913). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive. [N.B., This volume collects sermons/discourses on the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist.]

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Posted on the Feast of the Baptism of our divine Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Roman Rite; with prayer for the souls of the authors of the text, requiescant in pace. For other online and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“[T]herefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (St. Matthew xxviii, 19-20)

“[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)

“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” (Ephesians v, 25-26)

“Conversion to Christ is joined to Baptism not only because of the Church’s practice, but also by the will of Christ himself, who sent the apostles to make disciples of all nations and to baptize them… Baptism is… the sacrament which signifies and effects rebirth from the Spirit, establishes real and unbreakable bonds with the Blessed Trinity, and makes us members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church… (Pope St. John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio)

“[T]he Catholic Church keeps a careful balance… between recognising what is true and holy in other religions, and yet insisting on the importance of an explicit faith in Christ and membership of the Church through Baptism. Thus the promotion of dialogue has not diminished the necessity of proclaiming the Gospel and calling those who do not believe in Christ to conversion while fully respecting the liberty of each person… (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Meeting God in Friend & Stranger)

Online ebook: “A Treatise of Spiritual Life”, translated by D.A. Donovan

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  • A Treatise of Spiritual Life: Leading Man by an Easy and Clear Method from the Commencement of Conversion to the Very Summit of Sanctity, 2nd revised edition,  translated from the Latin of Mgr. Charles Joseph Morrozo, by Rev. D. A. Donovan, O.Cist. (New York and Cincinnati, Fr. Pustet & Co., 1901). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and at the HathiTrust Digital Library. An earlier edition (Poplar Bluff, Mich.: published by the author, 1893) is available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive.
    • [N.B., Although the text attributes the Latin original of the work to the abbot and bishop Mgr. Charles Joseph Morrozo (Carlo Giuseppe Morozzi), HathiTrust Digital Library cites a scholar who states that the author of the work was Giovanni Bona, whom we assume to have been Giovanni Cardinal Bona.]

Posted on the Feast of Saint Angela of Foligno; with prayer for the souls of the author and translator, requiescant in pace. For other online and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

 

Free ebook: “The Creed Explained”, by Rev. Arthur Devine

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  • The Creed Explained; or, An Exposition of Catholic Doctrine According to the Creeds of Faith and the Constitutions and Definitions of the Church, 4th edition, by the Rev. Arthur Devine, 1849-1919 (London: R. & T. Washbourne; Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago, 1903). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. The 2nd edition (1897) is available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Internet Archive.

On the Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. For other online and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed: And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (St. John viii, 31-32)

“How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher? And how can they preach, unless they be sent?… Faith then cometh by hearing: and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans x, 14-15, 17)

“God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (II Thessalonians ii, 13-15 KJV)

Online ebook & audiobook: “Mary”, by Peter Kreeft

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On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite; and on New Year’s Day, 2019. 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). Sancta Maria, mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus!

“And in the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent from God… To a virgin… and the name of the virgin was Mary. And the Angel… said to her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Blessed art thou among women… Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name, Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High… The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God… And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word. 

“And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb: and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.” (St. Luke I, 26, 27, 28, 31-32, 35, 38, 41-45, formatting supplied)

Free ebook: “New Practical Meditations for Every Day in the Year, on the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ”, by Father Bruno Vercruysse, S.J.

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  • New Practical Meditations for Every Day in the Year, on the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ; Chiefly Intended for the Use of Religious Communities, by the Rev. Father Bruno Vercruysse, S.J. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1875). With approbation of bishops and religious superiors. Available at the HathiTrust Digital Library. Also available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats at Internet Archive: Volume 1, January to June; and Volume 2, July to December.
    • [N.B., Although the text states that it is chiefly intended for religious communities, we submit that it would be a helpful spiritual aid for Christians and people of good will in all states of life.]

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  • The Manna of the Soul: Meditations for Each Day of the Year, 2nd edition, by Father Paolo Segneri (New York: Benziger Bros, 1892).
    • Volume 1 is available in various formats (mobi/kindle, pdf, epub, etc.) at Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive; and is also available at Google Books and HathiTrust Digital Library. The paperback of Volume 1 may be purchased at Amazon.com. With a second copy at Amazon.com.
    • Volume 2 is available at Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive, and a third copy at Internet Archive; and is also available at Google Books and HathiTrust Digital Library. The paperback of Volume 2 may be purchased at Amazon.com.
  • Meditations for Every Day in the Year; Collected from Different Spiritual Writers, and Suited for the Practice Called “Quarter of an Hour’s Solitude”, edited by Rev. Roger Baxter, S.J., revised by Rev. P. Neale, S.J. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1884). With ecclesiastical approbations. Available in various formats (mobi/kindle, pdf, epub, etc.) at Internet Archive and Open Library. A different imprint is also available at Internet Archive.
    • An earlier edition with older orthography, Meditations for Every Day in the Year; Collected from Different Spiritual Writers, first written in Latin by N.B., translated into English by E.M., in the year 1669, and now revised by Rev. R. Baxter (Georgetown, D.C.: Joseph Milligan, 1823), is available at Internet Archive and at HathiTrust Digital Library.

On New Year’s Eve in the Gregorian Calendar. 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 text: “On Chastity, Marriage, the Family, and Virginity”, by the Vatican II Preparatory Commission

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Fresco of Marriage at Cana, Annunciation Cathedral (Jerusalem). Photo by See The Holy Land. Image from Wikimedia Commons

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  • Draft of a Dogmatic Constitution on Chastity, Marriage, the Family, and Virginity, 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.

On the Feast of St. Egwin of Evesham.

“To the unmarried, and to the widows, I would say that they will do well to remain in the same state as myself, but if they have not the gift of continence, let them marry; better to marry than to feel the heat of passion. For those who have married already, the precept holds which is the Lord’s precept, not mine; the wife is not to leave her husband, (if she has left him, she must either remain unmarried, or go back to her own husband again), and the husband is not to put away his wife.” (I Corinthians vii, 8-11)

Online text: Regensburg Address on “Faith, Reason and the University”, by Pope Benedict XVI

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  • “Faith, Reason and the University: Memories and Reflections” (also known as the Regensburg Lecture or the Regensburg Address), lecture delivered by Pope Benedict XVI at his meeting with the representatives of science at the University of Regensburg on 12 September 2006 (part of his Apostolic Journey to München, Altötting and Regensburg on 9-14 September 2006) (© 2006, Libreria Editrice Vaticana).
  • The text is also included in the collection:

See also the commentaries on and responses to the address that may be read through this page of Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI; as well as the following essays:

  • Ratzinger’s Logos Theology and the Healing of Human Rights: A Critical Engagement with the Regensburg Lecture (Ph.D. Thesis, University of Birmingham), by Francis Mohan (March 2016). 389 pages. Available in pdf format (here) at the University of Birmingham eTheses Repository.
  • “Logos and Dia-Logos: Faith, Reason, (and Love) According to Joseph Ratzinger”, by Pablo Blanco Sarto, Anglican Theological Review, vol. 92, no. 3 (Summer 2010) pp. 499-509. Available in pdf format at the Anglican Theological Review [N.B., Although this is a non-Catholic publication, an online search indicates that the author is a professor at the University of Navarra/Navarre, a Catholic Christian institution directed by the Opus Dei Prelature.]
  • Joseph Ratzinger’s Theology of the Word: The Dialogical Structure of His Thought (Dissertation, Boston College), by Rev. Christopher Collins, S.J. (© Christopher Stephen Collins, 2012). Available in pdf format (here) at eScholarship@BC.

On the Feast of Saint John the Apostle; and on the anniversary  of the inauguration of the Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia). 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).

“I, wisdom, dwell in counsel, and am present in learned thoughts… The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any thing from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made… I was with him forming all things… Blessed are they that keep my ways… He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord. But he that shall sin against me shall hurt his own soul…. Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine which I have mingled for you… The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is prudence.” (Proverbs viii, 12, 22-23, 30, 32. 35-36, ix, 5, 10)

“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. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men… [A]s many as received him, he gave to them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name…. 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… 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, 1-4, 12, 14, 17-18)

Online text and video: “Martyrdom for the Faith in Our Times”, by Cardinal Raymond Burke

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“The Everlasting Man”, by G.K. Chesterton: online ebook, audiobook, worth-it book 

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On the Feast of the Birth of our divine Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the one true 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).

“The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen…

“For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.

“His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom: to establish it, and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and for ever” (Isaias ix, 2, 6-7)