Saints, especially Mary

  • Apologia pro Vita Sua, by Blessed John Henry Newman, edited by Wilfrid Ward. Autobiography. May be read online on Newman Reader.
  • Apparitions of Our Lady in Their Historical Context, by Dennis Barton (The ChurchinHistory Information Centre, 2007). May be read online in 2 parts (Part 1 and Part 2) and available (here) in pdf format at The ChurchinHistory Information Centre.
  • Apparition of the Blessed Virgin on the Mountain of La Salette the 19th of September, 1846, Published by the Shepherdess of La Salette with Imprimatur by Mgr. Bishop of Lecce, by Mélanie Calvat (Lecce, 1897; repr. Lyon, 1904). May be read online at the Internet Modern History Sourcebook. [The webpage states: “Unless otherwise indicated the specific electronic form of the document is copyright. Permission is granted for electronic copying, distribution in print form for educational purposes and personal use. If you do reduplicate the document, indicate the source. No permission is granted for commercial use of the Sourcebook.”]
  • The Autobiography of St. Anthony Mary Claret. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index.
  • The Blessed Virgin in the Fathers of the First Six Centuries, by Thomas Livius, C.Ss.R., with a Preface by Herbert Cardinal Vaughan, Archbishop of Westminster (London: Burns and Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger, 1893). May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, text, etc.) at Internet Archive. Also available at Google Books.
  • The Book of Saints: a dictionary of servants of God canonized by the Catholic Church, extracted from the Roman & other martyrologies, compiled by the Benedictine monks of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate (London: A. & C. Black, Ltd., 1921). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • [Butler’s Lives of the Saints] The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, by Alban Butler (1895). With Imprimatur. Available in many formats at Manybooks. Another edition (Dublin: James Duffy, 1866) may be read online at Bartleby.com (New York: Bartleby.com, 2010).
  • Communio: International Catholic Review, vol. 38, no. 3, Ecclesiam Apostolicam (Fall 2011). Indexed at Communio, from which “The Infallibility of the Church: A Marian Mystery” by Roch Kereszty may be downloaded in PDF format.
  • The Complete Works of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Volume I: General Introduction, Life, Spiritual Relations, translated from the critical edition of P. Silverio De-Santa Teresa, edited by E. Allison Peers (Sheed & Ward, 1946). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive
  • [Conferences on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit] Collationes de Septem Donis S. Sancti, by St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, Doctor of the Church. Available through Franciscan Archive (Index of St. Bonaventure’s works): 1st Conference on grace, 2nd Conference on fear of the Lord, 3rd Conference on piety, 4th Conference, on knowledge, 5th Conference on fortitude, 6th Conference on the fortitude of Mary, 7th Conference on counsel, 8th Conference on understanding, 9th Conference on wisdom.
  • The Doctrine of the Communion of Saints in the Ancient Church: a Study in the History of Dogma, by Dr. J.P. Kirsch, translated with the author’s permission by John R. M’Kee of the Oratory (Edinburgh, London: Sands & Company, 1910). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Dogmatic Canons and Decrees: Authorized Translations of the Dogmatic Decrees of the Council of Trent, the Decree on the Immaculate Conception, the Syllabus of Pope Pius IX, and the Decrees of the Vatican Council (New York: Devin-Adair Co., 1912). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive [N.B., According to the Preface, it includes Canon Waterworth’s translation for the Council of Trent, Cardinal Manning’s for the First Vatican Council, and the translation of the Syllabus authorized by Cardinal McCabe, Archbishop of Dublin.]
  • Dogmatic Theology VI. Mariology; a dogmatic treatise on the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, by Joseph Pohle, translated by Arthur Preuss (St. Louis, Mo.: Herder, 1914). With Imprimatur. Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries, Book contributor: Wellesley College Library). 1919 edition with Imprimatur also available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly – University of Toronto).
  • [Explanation of the] Hail Mary, by St. Thomas Aquinas. Available on EWTN Library, as indexed on the St. Thomas Aquinas page of the Russian-language Medieval Philosophy Library.
  • The Fairest Flower of Paradise: Considerations on the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, Enriched with Examples Drawn from the Lives of the Saints, by Very Rev. Alexis M. Lépicier, O.S.M. (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1922). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf format (on this page) at Saints’ Books. May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, text, etc.) at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy).
  • The Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • In God’s army:I. Commanders-in-Chief: St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, by Cyril Charlie Martindale (London: R. & T. Washbourne, 1915). With Imprimatur.  Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Regis College Library, University of Toronto).
  • Histoire de S. Vincent-de-Paul, par l’Abbé Orsini (Paris: Librairie de Debécourt, 1842). Disponible sur Internet Archive.
  • Histoire de Saint Ambroise, 2eme edition, par l’Abbé Baunard (Paris: Librarie Poussièlgue Freres, 1872). Disponible dans Internet Archiveet Internet Archive (2e copie). La 3eme edition (Paris: Librarie Poussièlgue Freres, 1899) est disponible dans Internet Archive et Internet Archive (2e copie).
  • “A Journey to Sainthood: The Living Legacy of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen”, by William A. Borst, Ph.D., Mindszenty Report, Vol. LIV, No. 12 (Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation, December 2012). Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation; and may be read online (on this page) at Catholic Journal: Reflections on Faith & Culture.
  • [Letter to William Palmer, 1st] A Letter to the Rev. William Palmer, M.A., of Worcester College, Oxford, by Verax, a Catholic layman (London: T. Jones, 1841). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. [N.B., in 20 pages, dealing mainly with veneration of the Blessed Mother and the other Saints.]
  • Life and Doctrine of St. Catherine of Genoa. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • Life of Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque of the Sacred Heart, by Albert Barry (London: Burns & Oates ; New York : Catholic Publications Society ; Dublin: Gill, 1889). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto). Biography, Saints.
  • The Life of Saint Anthony, by St. Athanasius, newly translated and annotated by Robert T. Mayer (Westminster, Maryland: Newman Press, 1950). Ancient Christian Writers: Works of the Fathers in Translation (edited by Johannes Quasten and Joseph C. Plumpe), No. 10. With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive.
  • The Life of Saint Columba Apostle of Scotland, Second Edition, by Frances Alice Forbes (London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1919). With Imprimatur. Part of the series Standard-bearers of the Faith: A Series of Lives of the Saints for Young and Old. Available at Project Gutenberg, and in epub, fulltext and kindle formats at Internet Archive.
  • Life of Saint Monica, by Frances Alice Forbes (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1928). With Imprimatur. Part of the series Standard-bearers of the Faith: A Series of Lives of the Saints for Young and Old. Available in many formats at Manybooks and in fewer formats at Project Gutenberg , and in epub, fulltext and kindle formats at Internet Archive. Multiple formats of the 2nd edition (1919) are available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Life of Saint Teresa of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, edited and with a preface by Henry Edward Manning (Dublin: James Duffy, 1867). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Life of St. Francis of Assisi, by St. Bonaventure. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index.
  • The Life of St. Francis Xavier, apostle of the Indies and Japan, by D. Bartoli and J.P Mafei, with a Preface by the Very Rev. Dr. [Frederick William] Faber (London: Thomas Jones, 1858). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Life of St. Vincent de Paul, by Frances Alice Forbes (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Limited, 1919). With Imprimatur. Part of the series Standard-bearers of the Faith: A Series of Lives of the Saints for Young and Old. Available in many formats at Manybooks, in fewer formats at Project Gutenberg, and in epub, fulltext and kindle formats at Internet Archive.
  • Mary Co-Redemptrix: A Response to 7 Common Objections, by Dr. Mark Miravalle (2001). With Imprimatur. May be read online at Christendom Awake: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. (The webpage states: “The above is reproduced with the kind permission of Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici”.)
  • Mirror of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by St. Bonaventure. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index,
  • The mother of Christ: or, The Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholic tradition, theology, and devotion, by Oliver Rodie Vassall-Phillips (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1922). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries, Book contributor: Wellesley College Library).
  • On Holy Images (Followed by Three Sermons on the Assumption), by St. John of Damascus (7th-8th century AD), translated from the original Greek by Mary W. Allies (London: Thomas baker, 1898). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Orations of Henry Austin Adams, with an introduction by James Cardinal Gibbons (St. Paul, Minn.: Adams-Cannon, 1903). With orations on Pope Leo XIII, Saint Thomas More, [now Blessed] John Henry Newman, and Ludwig Windthorst, and on the destiny of Ireland. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Our Lady in Doctrine and Devotion, by Fr. William G. Most (1994). May be read online at Christ’s Faithful People.
  • Orations of Henry Austin Adams, with an introduction by James Cardinal Gibbons (St. Paul, Minn.: Adams-Cannon, 1903). With orations on Pope Leo XIII, Saint Thomas More, Blessed John Henry Newman, and Ludwig Windthorst, and on the destiny of Ireland. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Pius IX and His Time, by Æneas MacDonell Dawson (London: Thos. Coffey, Catholic Record Printing House, 1880). Available in multiple formats at Textual.net and Manybooks.net, in Fulltext, PDF and Epub formats at Internet Archive, and may be read online at Freefictionbooks.org. Also available in PDF, Djvu, and Fulltext at Internet Archive. [N.B., Now Blessed Pius IX]
  • Pope Pius the Tenth [or Pius X], by Frances Alice Forbes (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd.,1918). With Imprimatur. Available in many formats at Manybooks and Internet Archive, in fewer formats at Project Gutenberg, and in epub, fulltext and kindle formats at  Internet Archive. [N.B., Now St. Pius X]
  • Saint Athanasius: The Father of Orthodoxy, by Frances Alice Forbes (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Limited, 1919). With Imprimatur. Part of the series Standard-bearers of the Faith: A Series of Lives of the Saints for Young and Old. Available in many formats at Manybooks , in fewer formats at Project Gutenberg , and in epub, fulltext and kindle formats at Internet Archive.
  • Saint Benedict, by Frances Alice Forbes (New York, P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1921). With Imprimatur. Part of the series Standard-bearers of the Faith: A Series of Lives of the Saints for Young and Old.  (1921). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Saint Francis of Assisi, by Léopold, de Chérancé, 1838-1926; translated by R.F. O’Connor. (London : Burns and Oates ; New York : Catholic Publication Society). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Kelly – University of Toronto).
  • Saint Ignatius Loyola, by Francis Thompson, 1859-1907, John Hungerford Pollen, 1858-1925 (London: Burns & Oates; New York, Chicago [etc.] Benziger Bros., 1910). Available on Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Cornell University Library).A Scottish Knight-Errant: A Sketch of the Life And Times of John Ogilvie, Jesuit, by Frances Alice Forbes and M. Cahill (London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow: Burns Oates & Washbourne). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Spirit of Catholicism, by Karl Adam. Dogma, Grace, Salvation, Church. Available at EWTN Library. [NB: This book is highly recommended by Dave Armstrong and Scott Hahn. Having read it repeatedly myself, I heartily agree with their approbation.]
  • St. Francis, by G.K. Chesterton. Biography, Saints. Available at ManyBooks.net and at G.K. Chesterton’s Works on the Web.
  • The Story of Hildebrand, St. Gregory VII, by Ethel Mary Wilmot-Buxton (London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, 1920). From the series Heroes of the Church. Available at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas and Medieval Philosophy, by D.J. Kennedy, O.P. (New York: The Encyclopedia Press, Inc., 1919). Available at the Jacques Maritain Center.
  • Theotokos: or, The Divine Maternity, by John Stewart M’Corry, D.D.  (London: Burns and Oates, 1874). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Upon God’s holy hills, I. The Guides: Saint Anthony of Egypt, Saint Bruno of Cologne, Saint John of the Cross, by Cyril Charlie Martindale (London: R. & T. Washbourne, 1919). With Imprimatur.  Available at Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly – University of Toronto).
  • Victories of the Martyrs by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index.
  • Vida Admirable del Bienaventurado Fray Martin de Porres, por Jose Manuel Valdez (Lima: Huerta y Ca., 1863). Con aprobaciones eclesiásticas. Disponible en Internet Archive y Open Library.
  • Vie de Saint François d’Assise, par L’Abbé A. Verger (Tours: Alfred Mame et Fils, 1896). Avec l’approbation du Cardinal Meignan, archeveque de Tours. Le livre audio et le e-livre sont disponible dans Internet Archive, avec une deuxième copie du e-livre dans Internet Archive.
  • The Wonder-Worker of Padua, by Charles Warren Stoddard. Audiobook available at LibriVox, which states: “This is the inspiring story of Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231). The son of a wealthy Portuguese family… he took up the habit of a poor Franciscan friar and devoted his life to fervently preaching the Word of God… To confirm the efficacy of his words, God gave him the gifts of prophecy and of performing miracles…”
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