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De Valore Notarum Theologicarum By Sixtus Cartechini S.J.
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This is the guide to the Church's official qualifications which designate the exact status of any theological statement between the two opposite extremes of "dogma" (taught by the Church to... More > be revealed truth) and "heresy" (condemned by the Church as opposed to revealed truth). It also contains solid refutation of recent Modernistic and Kantian errors. Compiled for the use of advanced theology students in Rome in 1951, with the Roman diocesan Imprimatur. A classic. Yes, this work is written in Latin !< Less
Hell Opened to Christians By Father Giovanni Pietro Pinamonti S.J.
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For three centuries English-speaking Catholics have found spiritual nourishment in Father Pinamonti’s classic Hell Opened to Christians, but prior to the present edition it has long been out of... More > print. Not even the knowledge that it was the source for the celebrated sermon on Hell in James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man could make it of more than academic interest to an age for which eternal damnation is an exploded myth rather than the greatest and most real of all perils. The uncompromising doctrine, terrifying descriptions and spine-chilling illustrations of Hell and its torments have made this book an object of repugnance to worldlings, unbelievers and modernists. But for those who believe in God’s revelation on this topic as transmitted to us by His Church, there can surely be no more salutary safeguard. Is it possible to read Hell Opened to Christians and yet to remain wilfully in the state of mortal sin ?< Less
The Relations of the Church to Society By Father Edmund O'Reilly S.J.
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Father Edmund O’Reilly may safely be judged the foremost Irish theologian of the nineteenth century. In his celebrated letter to the Duke of Norfolk, Cardinal Newman appeals to him as... More > “one of the first theologians of the day”. Of the present work Dr W. G. Ward of the Dublin Review writes that it “cannot but be of signal benefit to the Catholic reader in these anxious and perilous times”. Clear, exact and perfectly orthodox, Father O’Reilly explains the whole of Catholic doctrine about the relations of Church and State, particularly those points that are most contested by the Church’s enemies or least understood by uninstructed Catholics. The explanation of the Church’s traditional attitude to religious liberty, the theological explanation of the Great Western Schism, the precise extent of the infallibility of the Pope and of the Church are of particular interest in the twenty-first century.< Less
What is TRUE Education ? By Father Edward Leen
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Father Leen's 1943 classic is a complete guide to what human existence is meant to be : a mind that thinks clearly and adheres to truth, a heart that seeks and loves the good, a soul that enjoys true... More > beauty, a noble, courageous character - and all this just the prelude to the divine life of grace in this world and of glory in the next. How to form oneself and others to live as God intended in time and in eternity.< Less
Life of Father Ignatius Spencer By Father Pius of the Holy Ghost
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Who is this ragged old pauper lying dead in a ditch in Scotland in 1865, penniless and alone? Can it really be the Honourable George Spencer — son, brother and uncle of earls? Whose father was... More > the First Lord of the Admiralty? Whose sister is governess to Queen Victoria? Whose cousin and playfellow was the Lord Lucan who gave the fateful order to the Light Brigade? The relative of the Dukes of Marlborough and Devonshire, the familiar acquaintance of Prime Ministers? An alumnus of Eton and Cambridge, a scholar, polyglot, and one-time man-about-town? Whose great great great niece, Lady Diana Spencer, is destined to wed the heir to the throne? Look closer. What is this strange black habit about the corpse? But hush — it is the body of a priest, a religious. The dead man has voluntarily renounced riches for poverty, comfort for the Cross, friendship with the mighty for fellowship with the poor. He has given up even his name and title for that of Father Ignatius of St. Paul. Here is his story.< Less
The Life and Letters of St. Francis Xavier By Rev. Henry James Coleridge S.J.
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This is the classic life of the great Saint Francis Xavier who renewed the labours and the miracles of the Apostles in the sixteenth century. Weaving his text around 124 full-length original letters... More > written by the saint, Father Coleridge brings him to life and allows us to know him intimately: the arm fatigued by so many baptisms, the gentle voice that converted, the heart that loved and was loved, the eye that penetrated the soul and the future : the miraculous cures, resurrections, deliverance from impending disaster, the bilocations, the gift of tongues, the burning zeal to spread the kingdom of Christ, the tender charity for every misfortune, the daily combat to rescue souls from damnation, the faith that saw the truths of the catechism as clearly as we see material objects, the terrible anathemas thundered against those who obstruct the Church’s mission – and finally the death, alone, at Chan, yearning to win China but summoned to glory at just 46.< Less
Catechism on the Choice of a State of Life By Bellarmine Catechetical Center
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Shall I best save my soul married or unmarried, as a priest or religious or as a layman or woman ? What factors should affect my choice ? This re-edition of the Catechism on the Choice of a State of... More > Life is designed to answer these questions as fully as possible. To do so it draws on the writings of the saints, doctors, popes and most approved theologians. Its content is in perfect conformity with the Holy See’s 1912 decree clarifying this subject and putting an end to several centuries of confusion. It will be of great value to all young people as well as to parents, teachers, retreat-masters and spiritual directors. Also contains wise guidance on the choice of one's future spouse.< Less
The Mercy of Allah By Hilaire Belloc
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The Mercy of Allah is not a book about Islam. Purporting to be the memoirs of an enormously wealthy and wholly conscienceless merchant of Baghdad, it is in fact a satirical exposé of... More > corruption in politics, government, law, religion, but above all in the world of banking and finance. Belloc reveals himself as a humorist in the class of Wodehouse and Waugh, but more importantly as a well-informed and perceptive commentator on how the world, and particularly its finances, are run. For you may read this book to enjoy its richness and wit, or you may revel in the story as a work of fiction, but at the deepest level, the author bequeaths to us in this immortal story his analysis of why the international banking system violates reality and must eventually collapse, dragging down in its wake the corrupt system of pseudo-democratic government which is its puppet—a prophetic commentary on the events we are living through.< Less
The Chronicle of Saint Antony of Padua By Father H. J. Coleridge S.J.
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Saint Antony has won the hearts of millions of Catholics the world over : we love him for his goodness, his miracles, his devotion to the Christ-Child, but above all his readiness to answer all our... More > prayers even for our humble temporal needs, and famously for helping us find things we have lost. But how much do we know about him ? Father Coleridge’s life of Saint Antony of Padua is highly readable and historically reliable. Based on the ancient Franciscan chronicles it recounts Saint Antony’s miracles with devotion and without scepticism. It will help every reader come to know better the wonder-worker whose statue or image is found in every church and so many homes.< Less
Beatification and Canonization By Rev. F.W. Faber
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Father Faber’s classic Essay on Beatification, Canonization and the Processes of the Congregation of Rites summarizes, in a concise, stimulating read, the entire contents of scholar-pope... More > Benedict XIV’s multi-volume compendium on the same subject. In these pages the reader will learn more about the saints, about what sainthood is, and about the processes by which the Church judges it, than in any other book in the English language. It has the added merit that Faber, who is widely regarded as a candidate for canonization himself, approaches the saints with infectious enthusiasm and ardour.< Less