See this legally free ebook:

  • The Catechism Explained: An Exhaustive Exposition of the Christian Religion, with Special Reference to the Present State of Society and the Spirit of the Age: A Practical Manual for the Use of the Preacher, the Catechist, the Teacher, and the Family; Made Attractive and Interesting by Illustrations, Comparisons, and Quotations from the Scriptures, the Fathers, and other Writers, from the original of Rev. Francis Spirago, edited by Rev. Richard F. Clarke, S.J. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1899). May be read online, and available in multiple formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, txt, Daisy, and djvu) at Internet Archive and Open Library.

One may also read these other works by the same author:

  • Anecdotes and Examples Illustrating the Catholic Catechism, selected and arranged by Rev. Francis Spirago, supplemented, adapted to the Baltimore Catechism, and edited by Rev. James J. Baxter (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1904). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc.) at Internet Archive with a second copy at Internet Archive; and available in pdf format at FishEaters. [N.B., The website FishEaters evinces hostility to the Second Vatican Council that requires correction with the hermeneutic of continuity. Please read other texts on the website with prayerful caution.]
  • Spirago’s Method of Christian Doctrine; a Manual for Priests, Teachers, and Parents, by Franz Spirago, edited by Archbishop Sebastian Gebhard Messmer (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1901). With Imprimatur. Available on Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Open Library and Internet Archive, and another copy at Open Library.

On the Memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints!