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- “We Cannot Live without the Eucharist!”: Pastoral Letter 2009-2010 to All the Catholics of Kuwait, from Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ, Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait, released on September 2, 2009. Available online on this page at the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia.
See also these related texts:
- Apostolic Letter “Dies Domini” on Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy, by Pope John Paul II (Saint John Paul the Great), 31 May 1998. May be read online on this page of Adoremus, and at the Holy See.
- The Moveable Feasts, Fasts, and Other Annual Observances of the Catholic Church, by Rev. Alban Butler, with life of the author by Charles Butler, to which is added, a continuation of the feasts and fasts, by a Catholic priest (Dublin: James Duffy, 1839). May be read online, and available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
On the Feast of the Holy Martyrs of Abitene (Abitinae). 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 am not asking you if you are a Christian, but if you have taken part in the assembly or if you have a book of the Scriptures [said the pagan magistrate] …
“O foolish and ridiculous question of the judge! As if a Christian could be without the Sunday Eucharist, or the Sunday Eucharist could be celebrated without there being a Christian! Don’t you know, Satan, that it is the Sunday Eucharist which makes the Christian and the Christian that makes the Sunday Eucharist, so that one cannot subsist without the other, and vice versa?…
“When you hear someone say ‘Christian,’ know that there is an assembly that celebrates the Lord; and when you hear someone say ‘assembly,’ know that a Christian is there” (from the acts of the martyrs of Abitene, quoted in Aleteia)
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- “The Sacrament of Penance and St. Cyprian’s De Lapsis”, by Maurice Bévenot, S.J., Theological Studies, volume 16, issue 2 (1955): pp. 175-213. Available in pdf format at Theological Studies.
For the Feast of St. Cyprian and Pope St. Cornelius 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).
“Be converted, and do penance for all your iniquities: and iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions… and make to yourselves a new heart, and a new spirit… For I desire not the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God, return ye, and live.” (Ezechiel xviii, 30-32)
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- Saint Bonaventure: The Seraphic Doctor; Minister-General of the Franciscan Order; Cardinal Bishop of Albano, by the Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M. (New York: London, Bombay and Calcutta: Longmans, Green and Co., 1911). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive, ManyBooks.net, and Project Gutenberg.
See also these texts by and about the Seraphic Doctor (very incomplete list):
- Address at a Meeting with the Local People during a Pastoral Visit to Viterbo and Bagnoregio, by Pope Benedict XVI, 6 September 2009. May be read online at the Holy See. [N.B., The address concerned Saint Bonaventure of Bonaventure.]
- “Francis of Assisi and Bonaventure’s Theology of the Cross”, by Noel Muscat, OFM. Available in pdf format at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (the 14 May 2014 snapshot of the page from the former website of the Five Franciscan Martyrs Region of the Secular Franciscan Order).
- The Life of St. Francis of Assisi; from the ‘Legenda Santi Francisci’ of S. Bonaventure, edited and with a preface by the Archbishop of Westminster, Henry Edward [Manning] (London: R. Washbourne, 1868]. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
- Loving in the Present: The Theological and Pastoral Influences of St. Bonaventure’s Critical Retrieval of Joachim of Fiore on Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI (Theology Graduate Thesis), by William L. Patenaude (2013). Available in pdf format at Providence College Digital Commons.
- “The Medieval University and the Ethos of Knowledge: Franciscan Friars, Patristic Tradition, and Scholastic ‘Instruments’”, by Professor Ana Paula Tavares Magalhães, Acta Scientiarum: Education, v. 37, n. 3, (July-Sept., 2015): pp. 237-245. Available in pdf format (here) through this page of the Digital Library of Intellectual Production of Universidade de São Paulo; at the Fundación Dialnet; and at ResearchGate.
- Des Sept Dons du Saint-Esprit, par Saint Bonaventure, Docteur de l’église. Disponible à JesusMarie.com.
- “St Bonaventure and the History of Salvation”, by Pope Benedict XVI (Preface of the second volume of Gesammelte Schriften by Joseph Ratzinger). Taken from: L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 23 September 2009, page 7. May be read on this page of the EWTN Libraries.
- “St. Bonaventure, Benedict XVI, and the New Evangelization”, by William L. Patenaude, May 9, 2012, at Catholic World Report.
- Théologie Séraphique: Extraite et Traduite des Oeuvres de Saint Bonaventure; Contenant “L’Itineraire de l’Ame vers Dieu”, “Le Traité du Mepris du Monde”, “L’Ecuelle d’Or des Vertus”, “Le Bouquet Spirituel”, “Le Traité des Vertus”, et “L’Incendie de l’Amour”, par l’Abbé Celeste Alix, et par Acc. Alix (Paris: Jacques LeCoffre et Cie., 1853). Disponible à Internet Archive.
- [Three Discourses on Saint Bonaventure] by Pope Benedict XVI: (1) General Audience of 3 March 2010 The text may be read at the Holy See, and the video address may be viewed at Youtube; (2) General Audience of 10 March 2010. The text may be read at the Holy See, and the video address entitled “St. Bonaventure and [the] Theology of history” may be viewed at Youtube; and (3) General Audience on 17 March 2010. The text may be read at the Holy See, and the video address may be viewed at Youtube.
On the Feast of Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio in the Ordinary 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).
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- The Irish University Question: The Catholic Case: Selections from the Speeches and Writings of the Archbishop of Dublin [by Archbishop Dr. William Joseph Walsh] (Dublin: Browne and Nolan, 1897). Available in pdf, epub, mobi and other formats at Internet Archive and Internet Archive.
Posted on the Feast of Saint Patrick, in belated observance of World Speech Day, and in earnest prayer for once-holy Ireland: “Have mercy upon the Irish people, o Lord… Move them to uphold the true dignity of motherhood, fatherhood, family, and humanity, according to the rational laws You wrote in our hearts and confirmed by Your commandments of love.” (From “Prayer for Ireland” at Writer’s Block)
“Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” (Revelation 2:2-5, NAB, from the USCCB)
See this online text:
- 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)
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- “Pope and Council: The Historical Background of the Present Situation”, by Rev. James Hanrahan, C.S.B., CCHA, Report, 32 (1965): pp. 13-27. Available in pdf format at the Canadian Catholic Historical Association.
See also the following texts previously linked on the Project:
- “Primacy and Collegiality in the Works of Joseph Ratzinger”, by Richard G. DeClue, Communio: International Catholic Review, Vol. 35.4 (Winter 2008): pp. 642-670. Available in pdf format (through this page) at Communio: International Catholic Review.
- “The Primacy of the Pope and the Unity of the People of God”, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Communio, vol. 41 (Spring 2014): pp. 112-128. Available in pdf format (here) through this page of Communio.
- The Purpose of the Papacy, by Bishop John S. Vaughan (London: Sands & Co.; St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.: B. Herder, 1910). Available in various formats at Project Gutenberg, ManyBooks.net, and Internet Archive.
On the Memorial of the Dedication of the basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul 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).
“The Roman Pontiff – like all the faithful – is subject to the Word of God, to the Catholic faith, and is the guarantor of the Church’s obedience… He does not make arbitrary decisions, but is spokesman for the will of the Lord, who speaks to man in the Scriptures lived and interpreted by Tradition; in other words, the episkope of the primacy has limits set by divine law and by the Church’s divine, inviolable constitution found in Revelation.” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, The Primacy of the Successor of Peter in the Mystery of the Church, 7)
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- “Mary’s Victory over All Heresies”, lecture by the Most. Rev. Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Astana, Kazakhstan, delivered on 20 October 2016 in Washington, D.C.
- The text of the lecture is available in pdf format (on this page) at The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of the Sacred Liturgy.
- The following videos may be viewed at the LifeSiteNews Youtube channel: the complete lecture (45:05), the highlights of the lecture (7:37), and the Q&A of Bishop Schneider at the event (23:25).
Posted on the Memorial of Pope Leo I (St. Leo the Great) in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, and belatedly for the anniversary of the opening of the 3rd Council of Constantinople (7 November 680 AD).
“The Catholic faith is indeed not the private property of the pastor of a parish, nor of the bishop of a diocese, and not even of a pope… The Catholic faith is greater. It precedes and it transcends the pastors of the Church because they also are the first ones who have to obey the faith–exemplarily… The Catholic faith belongs to all times, to all places, and to all generations of Catholics, starting with the Apostles and going through all the Fathers, the Doctors of the Church, and all the saints we know…
“Nowadays we can [see] the introduction of some changes and ruptures in the presentation of the truths regarding doctrine and morals… To hide and to mask such changes, there are used such seductive expressions as ‘paradigm shift’ or ‘hermeneutic of continuity,’ even when the obvious sense of the changes contradicts the constant belief and the constant practise of the Church… In such situations, you should say ‘I know my Catholic faith. I will not permit [myself] to be confused by whomever. For the sake of this faith, I am willing to die’”
“The Catholic faith cannot admit a change, or a rupture, or a reinterpretation into another signification than it has been constantly believed and taught throughout 2000 years… Our paradigm is Christ–the same yesterday, today and forever. There is no shift of paradigm…” (Bishop Athanasius Schneider, from the LifeSiteNews highlights of his prerecorded video lecture at the 2018 Catholic Identity Conference)
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- A Place at the Table: Social Justice in an Ageing Society, by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (2016). Available in pdf format at the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
See this online text:
- Spiritual Warfare: The Occult Has Demonic Influence, A Pastoral Letter by the Most Rev. Donald W. Montrose, D.D., Bishop of Stockton, CA. May be online on this page of Catholic Culture; and on this page of the EWTN Library.
On the Feast of Saints Cyprian and Justina in the Latin church. 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).
“[I]t is not called divination, if a man foretells things that happen of necessity, or in the majority of instances, for the like can be foreknown by human reason: nor again if anyone knows other contingent future things, through divine revelation: for then he does not divine, i.e. cause something divine, but rather receives something divine. Then only is a man said to divine, when he usurps to himself, in an undue manner, the foretelling of future events: and this is manifestly a sin.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, 2a 2ae, q. 95, a1c)
“In things done for the purpose of producing some bodily effect we must consider whether they seem able to produce that effect naturally: for if so it will not be unlawful to do so, since it is lawful to employ natural causes in order to produce their proper effects. But, if they seem unable to produce those effects naturally… they come under the head of ‘compact by tokens entered into with the demons’… [I]f in addition there be employed certain characters, words, or any other vain observances which clearly have no efficacy by nature, it will be superstitious and unlawful.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, 2a 2ae, q. 96, a2c et ad1)