Online ebook: Catechism of the "Summa Theologica" of Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Use of the Faithful, by Rev. Thomas Pègues

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  • Catechism of the “Summa Theologica” of Saint Thomas Aquinas for the Use of the Faithful, by Rev. Thomas Pègues, O.P., adapted from the French by Aelred Whitacre, O.P. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1922). With Imprimatur, and with the Benediction of Pope Benedict XV. Available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc. formats at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive, and a 3rd copy at Internet Archive. Also available in pdf format (here) at Saints’ Books; and may be read online (on this page) at the library of the Jacques Maritain Center.
  • [N.B.1, This work reproduces the arguments of the Summa in question-and-answer format, with references to the relevant sections of that work. We submit that it is best read after reading an introductory work like The Spirit of Thomism by Etienne Gilson or the essay “Faith and Reason in the Theology of St. Thomas” by Victor Flanagan, O.P.; and it should be read with a copy of the Summa on hand.]
  • [N.B.2, This book appears to be in the public domain under the law of the United States. However, as we do not know the year of the passing of the translator, we do not know if it is in the public domain in other countries. Please check the relevant laws.]

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O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen. (From Sancta Missa)

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  • The Divine Praises: Addresses to Holy Name Societies, by William Graham (New York: J.F. Wagner, 1908)  May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, djvu, txt, daisy, and kindle/mobi formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library. [This book contains reflections on each of the Divine Praises.]

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[G]rant us the gift of Thy divine charity, that we may ever love Thee with our whole heart and with all our words and deeds, and may never cease from praising Thee. (From the Litany of the Most Holy Name of JESUS)

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Free ebook: "The Development of Dogmas during the Patristic Age, 100-869", by Rev. Bernard John Otten

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  • A Manual of the History of Dogmas, Volume 1: The Development of Dogmas during the Patristic Age, 100-869, Third Edition, by Rev. Bernard John Otten, S.J. (St. Louis, London: B. Herder, 1922). With Imprimatur. May be read online and available in pdf, epub, daisy, djvu, kindle/mobi, and text formats at Internet Archive and Internet Archive (2nd copy).

On the Memorial of St. Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea Mazaca, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus (Nazianzen) in the Latin church (2 January in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite) and in the Maronite church (1 January). 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). All ye holy Bishops and Confessors, pray for us. All ye holy Doctors, pray for us, to the greater glory of God!

“I have still much to say to you, but it is beyond your reach as yet. It will be for him, the truth-giving Spirit, when he comes, to guide you into all truth. He will not utter a message of his own; he will utter the message that has been given to him; and he will make plain to you what is still to come. And he will bring honour to me, because it is from me that he will derive what he makes plain to you. I say that he will derive from me what he makes plain to you, because all that belongs to the Father belongs to me.” (St. John 16:12-15)

Online text: "Meditations on the Most Blessed Virgin", by Brother Philippe

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  • Meditations on the Most Blessed Virgin, by Most Hon. Brother Philippe, translated from the French (Baltimore: Kelly, Piet & Company, 1874). With Imprimatur and ecclesiastical approbation. May be read online, and available in various formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library.

On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. On this first day of the year of our Lord 2014, may we consecrate our lives to Jesus through Mary. 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). Holy Mary, our hope, seat of Wisdom, pray for us, that in all things God may be glorified!

“Then the angel said to her, Mary, do not be afraid; thou hast found favour in the sight of God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call him Jesus. He shall be great, and men will know him for the Son of the most High; the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob eternally… The Holy Spirit will come upon thee, and the power of the most High will overshadow thee. Thus this holy offspring of thine shall be known for the Son of God.” (St. Luke 1:30-33,35New Advent Bible)

“No sooner had Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, than the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth herself was filled with the Holy Ghost; so that she cried out with a loud voice, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. How have I deserved to be thus visited by the mother of my Lord? Why, as soon as ever the voice of thy greeting sounded in my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed art thou for thy believing; the message that was brought to thee from the Lord shall have fulfilment.” (St. Luke 1:41-45, New Advent Bible)

Free ebook: "The Spiritual Life Reduced to Its First Principles", by J.B. Saint-Jure, S.J.

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Posted on the Feast of Saint Melania the Younger. May this book help our sisters and brothers who shall be making resolutions for the coming calendar year. 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). Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints!

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All links to ebooks by Etienne Gilson (d. 19 September 1978) and Jean Danielou (d. 20 May 1974) have been deleted, out of concern that these books may not yet be in the public domain. All links to ebooks by Jacques Maritain (d. 28 April 1973) that are not published online at the Jacques Maritain Center have also been removed for the same reason.

Update (31 December 2013, 2030h):

We have deleted all links to online copies of books by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow (d. 31 August 1987), Yves Congar (d. 22 June 1995), Christopher Dawson (d. 25 May 1970), Jean Guitton (d. 21 March 1999), and Bishop B.C. Butler, O.S.B. (d. 20 December 1986); all links to books by Karl Adam (d. 1 April 1966), Archbishop Fulton Sheen (d. 9 December 1979), Romano Guardini (1 October 1968), and John Hardon, S.J. (30 December 2000) on Internet Archive; and all links to books by His Beatitude Patriarch Maximos IV Sayegh (d. 5 November 1967) not published on the websites of the Melkite Greek Catholic church.

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Online text: "Rimski Katolik", Volume 4, edited by Dr. Anton Mahnic

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  • Rimski Katolik, Volume 4, edited by Dr. Anton Mahnic (1892). In the Slovenian language. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, djvu, kindle/mobi, Daisy, and text format at Internet Archive.

In remembrance of Dr. Anton Mahnič (Antun Mahnić), Bishop of Krk (Veglia) and champion of Slovene and Croatian Catholicism (14 September 1850-30 December 1920). 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).

Free ebook: "Catholic Church and Christian State", Volume 2, by Dr. Joseph Hergenröther

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  • Catholic Church and Christian State: a Series of Essays on the Relation of the Church to the Civil Power, Volume 2, translated, with the permission of the author, from the German of Dr. Joseph Hergenröther (London: Burns and Oates, 1876). May be read online, and available in pdf, djvu, epub, kindle/mobi, Daisy, and txt formats, at Internet Archive. Volume 2 contains the following essays:

IX. The Pope and the Holy Roman Empire;
X. The Popes and Their Vassal Kingdoms;
XI. Boniface VIII, and Philip the Fair;
XII. Gifts of Lands Made by the Pope and the Donation of Constantine;
XIII. The Doctrine of the Superiority of the Church and of Her Authority in Matters Temporal;
XIV. Origin of the Civil Power and the Right of Resisting It;
XV. Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction;
XVI. The Punishment of Heresy and the Inquisition;
XVII. The Church and Liberty of Conscience; and
XVIII. Claims of the Pope since the Sixteenth Century.

On the Memorial of St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr, in the Roman rite; and in remembrance of Bishop Anton Mahnič (Antun Mahnić), champion of Slovene and Croatian Catholicism (14 September 1850 – 30 December 1920). 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) Viva Cristo Rey! 

If he will not listen to them, then speak of it to the church; and if he will not even listen to the church, then count him all one with the heathen and the publican. I promise you, all that you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and all that you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (St. Matthew 18:17-18)

“You know well enough that it is the saints who will pass judgement on the world; and if a world is to abide your judgement, are you unfit to take cognizance of trifling matters? You have been told that we shall sit in judgement on angels; how much more, then, over the things of common life?” (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)

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