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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.]
See also these related texts and ebooks:
- Dogmatic Theology VII. Grace, Actual and Habitual: A Dogmatic Treatise, by Joseph Pohle, translated by Arthur Preuss (St. Louis, Mo.: Herder, 1919). With Imprimatur. Available in PDF, Full Text and DjVu at Internet Archive (Book contributor: University of Toronto). Another copy of the 1919 edition with Imprimatur is available in PDF, Full text, and EPUB formats at Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg (Book contributor: Project Gutenberg). [NB, These are the best PDF copies online]. Still another copy of the 1919 edition is available in mutiple formats at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto). The 1915 edition with Imprimatur is available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: New York Public Library).
- Dogmatic Theology VIII. The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise. Volume 1. The Sacraments in General, Baptism, Confirmation, by Joseph Pohle, translated by Arthur Preuss (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1917) With Imprimatur. Available on multiple formats at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Regis Library, University of Toronto).
- Illustrated Explanation of the Holy Sacraments: A Complete Exposition of the Sacraments and the Sacramentals of the Church, adapted from the original of Rev. Hermann Rolfus, with a reflection and practice on each sacrament, by Very Rev. Ferreol Girardey (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1898). With Imprimatur. Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- Instruction on Infant Baptism “Pastoralis Actio”, by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, approved by Pope St. John Paul II, October 20, 1980. May be read online at the Holy See, the EWTN Library and the Catholic Information Network.
- The King’s Highway: or, The Catholic Church the Way of Salvation as Revealed in the Holy Scriptures, 2nd edition, by the Rev. Augustine F. Hewit, of the Congregation of St. Paul (New York: Catholic Publication Society, 1879). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive; and also available at Google Books and HathiTrust Digital Library. The 3rd edition (New York: Catholic Book Exchange, 1893) is available at Internet Archive; and it is also available (albeit with pages restricted to members) at Forgotten Books, with a second copy at Forgotten Books. The 1st edition (New York: Catholic Publication Society, 1874) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Internet Archive; and it is also available at HathiTrust Digital Library, with another copy at HathiTrust Digital Library, as well as at Google Books.
- The Sacraments Explained According to the Teaching and Doctrine of the Catholic Church; With an Introductory Treatise on Grace, by Arthur Devine (London: R. & T. Washbourn, 1918). With Imprimatur. Available atOpen Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
- A Treatise on Baptism: also a Treatise on Confirmation, by Francis Patrick Kenrick, Archbishop of Baltimore (Baltimore: Hedian and O’Brien, 1852). May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, mobi/kindle, epub, text, etc.), at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library and a 3rd copy at Internet Archive. Also available at HathiTrust and HathiTrust (2nd copy) through this page as indexed by the Online Books Page on Archbishop Kenrick.
- A Treatise on Baptism; with an Exhortation to Receive It, Translated from the Works of St. Basil the Great; to which is added, a Treatise on Confirmation, by Francis Patrick Kenrick, then Bishop of Philadelphia (Philadelphia: M. Fithian, 1843). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library, and a 3rd copy at Internet Archive. Also available at Google Books, Google Books (2nd copy), and at HathiTrust (through this page as indexed by the Online Books Page on Archbishop Kenrick). An ebook edition of the 1843 imprint (Aeterna Press, 2015), which incorrectly attributes the authorship of the entire work to St. Basil, may also be purchased at Google Books.
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“[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)