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La Révolution Française By Mgr Charles-Émile FREPPEL
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Les ennemis sectaires du Christ-Roi voulaient que l’an 1889 fût une grande fête en l’honneur du centenaire de leur Révolution. Ce fut l’occasion pour Mgr Freppel... More > de rédiger le livre ici réédité, où il cite la Révolution devant le tribunal de la justice pour rendre compte de ses œuvres. Le résultat est décisif: jamais la France n’a connu de pire calamité que la Révolution. Jamais elle ne retrouvera paix et bien-être jusqu’à ce que l’œuvre de la Révolution soit effacée.< Less
The Anchorhold By ENID MAUD DINNIS
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This re-edition of Enid Maud Dinnis's classic tale of the noblest form of chivalry - the combat of grace against self-love - against a backdrop of authentic mediaeval colour is full of interest,... More > insight and humour. It will delight readers of all ages.< Less
The Truth of Papal Claims By Raphael Cardinal Merry del Val
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Did Christ found His Church on St. Peter ? Was Peter prince of the Apostles and visible head of the Church ? Was he infallible in his doctrinal teaching ? Had he the power to make... More > laws that bind all Christians ? Was he the first bishop of Rome ? Were his privileges communicated by divine law to succeeding Roman Pontiffs ? Is there a consensus on the answer to these questions discernible in the New Testament and in the Early Fathers and Councils ? No one could be better qualified than Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930) to answer these questions. Distinguished for his learning and holiness, he was selected by Pope St. Pius X as his right hand man and spent his adult life in the most senior Vatican posts. This book, written in reply to Protestant propaganda, effortlessly sweeps away errors and misunderstandings leaving the truth plain to any sincere reader. It quotes all the major sources of the early centuries. An ideal book to instruct Catholics or convert Protestants.< Less
Banks and Money By N. M. Gwynne
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The author is a lifetime student of banking and money. In these pages he subjects both to critical explanation and appraisal based on reality and justice rather than on profit and greed. Banks and... More > Money sets out, as no other book has ever done before, exactly how money comes into being in the present system. Gwynne also explains why — as few respected financial experts realise — the current means of money creation by the world-wide banking system is immoral and suicidal, though useful and even indispensable for bringing about the “New World Order”. N. M. Gwynne is a graduate of Oxford University, and a retired Fellow of the British Institute of Chartered Accountants. After valuable experience at the leading financial and industrial conglomerate of its day, Slater Walker Securities Ltd., including being a director of its Australian subsidiary, he was the founder, chairman and chief executive of a successful international public company, Cork Investments Ltd. (later renamed Camden Park Estates Ltd.)< Less
Death - Real and Apparent By The Rev. Juan B. Ferreres S.J.
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When we cease to breathe and when our heart stops beating, we are to all appearances dead. Almost everyone would judge that we are dead. But has the soul really left the body? Fr. Ferreres draws on... More > medical testimony to show that there is a substantial interval between apparent death and real death. He offers the most convincing of all proofs: countless examples of persons “dead” for some hours, so far as science could ascertain, who later “came back to life”. This truth gives rise to grave questions: how long is the usual interval between apparent and real death? How may we be certain when death has occurred? Can the apparently dead patient still hear and understand? What measures can be used to restore life to an apparently dead patient? What can the priest do for the soul if he arrives after the cessation of the vital functions? How long should burial be delayed? Fr. Ferreres’s work will rivet every reader’s attention and will reward him with information of the greatest usefulness.< Less
The Beloved Disciple By Rev. H. A. Rawes
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The privileges of Saint John seem to exhaust our powers of admiration. Our Lord chose this one man to unite the roles of Apostle, Evangelist, Virgin, Martyr, Prophet and Thaumaturge; to be the... More > Guardian of the divine Mother, His “beloved disciple” and the repository of the secrets of the Sacred Heart upon which he rested his head at the Last Supper. John was the only witness of Calvary to leave us a written record, he was the doctor of the Divine Nature of his Master and of the Eucharist, he was the indefatigable preacher of charity. When Peter himself feared to make his request to Christ directly it was to John’s unfailing intercession that he turned. John is the foe of the Antichrist and the author convinces us that the latter days reserve a secret role for his zeal. Father Rawes writes with a power and piety that recall Father Faber. While revealing to us the disciple Jesus loved, he insensibly increases our hatred of sin and error, our love of Christ and His Cross.< Less
The Child's Guide to Knowledge By Fanny Umphelby
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Fanny Umphelby’s handbook of information about everything under the sun ran through sixty-seven editions between 1825 and 1907. No family bookshelf lacked its copy. Its question-and-answer... More > format lent itself to the rote-learning then in vogue. Even in his adult years scientist Ambrose Fleming (1849-1945) could recite most of it by heart. History, science, technology, geography, agriculture, the origin of every substance or article one could meet with : the author considered that the child’s naturally inquiring mind should be informed about everything and three generations were indebted to her for a lifetime’s store of useful knowledge. To the modern reader, much is still relevant, and what the passage of time has rendered no longer exact (the extent of the British Empire, the most up-to-date means of communication, the number of copies of The Times printed each day, etc) still opens an invaluable window on history.< Less
Father William Doyle S.J. By Professor Alfred O'Rahilly
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The Irish military chaplain Father William Doyle S.J. (1873-1917) combined humour, holiness and courage in an outstanding degree. His death during the third battle of Ypres left intact for posterity... More > the detailed spiritual diaries in which he had recorded for private use his methodical and gruelling path of self-conquest and the growth of his passionate love of Christ. Providence furnished him as biographer the most learned Irishman of his generation: his friend Professor Alfred O’Rahilly. The resulting biography is a compulsively readable and revealing exploration of sanctity under the microscope, by an author whose calm judgement never falters. Father Doyle had devoted his life to the preaching of parish missions and had received the extraordinary grace of never once failing to obtain the conversion of the straying sheep, even hardened sinners, he sought out. But the grace he most yearned for was martyrdom, and he finally won his palm on the bloodiest battlefield of history.< Less
Life of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre By Father Antonio Maria Coltraro
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(223 pages) Few true tales seem stranger than that of the holy hobo, Benedict Joseph Labre, who tramped, ragged, flea-bitten, over the Europe of Voltaire and Rousseau. Feeling called from an early... More > age to a life of austerity, he aspired to become a Trappist monk. But God had chosen for him the unique state of consecrated vagrancy, which was to mortify every recess of body and soul. Rejected by monasteries, incapable of any more normal life, he marched from shrine to shrine, living on scraps and spending more than half of most days in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Benedict gave away what he received in alms and refused even as a gift any clothes or food which he thought too good for him. His confessors were unable to find that he had ever committed a wilful sin. He recited the breviary in Latin. He wrought many miracles in life and after death and has become one of our best-loved intercessors. Here is his story.< Less
The Catholic Fireside Companion By Catholic Writers of the Past
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(154 pages) The Catholic Fireside Companion is an anthology of delightful and inspiring anecdotes which first saw the light of day in 1858 — the year of the apparitions of Our Blessed Lady at... More > Lourdes. It is the pleasantest sort of book : every tale it contains is short and easy to read but sure to charm and edify. Whether you keep it by your fireside or your bedside, whether you read it alone or aloud to a family group, you can be sure that it will afford pleasure and usefulness for any quiet moment and can be read and re-read without fatigue. An ideal present for Christmas or any special occasion.< Less