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  • Life of Dominic Savio

    By Venerable John Bosco.

    "Let us leave a saint to write the life of a saint," is said to have been the exclamation of the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas, when he entered the cell of his brother doctor, St. Bonaventure, and found him absorbed in writing the life of his spiritual father, St. Francis. The peculiar value of the present little book is that it may be said once more to present the spectacle of a saint writing the life of a saint. Only whereas in St. Bonaventure's case a son was writing the life of a father, in this case we have the unique example of a father writing the life of his spiritual son. The writer, the saintly Don Bosco, has already been declared Venerable, and the process for his Beatification is proceeding in Rome. - Preface.

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  • The Litany of the Precious Blood of Jesus is a litany prayed in devotion to the Holy Eucharist. It was drawn up by the Sacred Congregation of Rites and promoted by Pope John XXIII on February 24, 1960. Here is a short guide on how to pray the Chaplet and Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus.

  • The 54 Day novena, also known as the irresistible novena, was composed by Blessed Bartolo Longo in July 1879, which he said himself while he had typhoid fever. The text was inspired by visions of a miraculous portrait of Our Lady of the Rosary, to which the Novena was first dedicated in Pompeii.

    A miraculous healing is attributed to the 54 Day Novena. in 1883 the commander of Naples' daughter, Fortuna Agrelli, fell severely ill with 3 incurable diseases and was almost near death for over a year. On the 3rd of March 1884, Our Lady appeared as the Lady of Pompeii before Fortuna, and the girl exclaimed “Queen of the Holy Rosary, be gracious to me, restore me to health! I have already prayed to Thee in a novena, O Mary, but have not yet experienced Thy aid. I am so anxious to be cured!” 

    Our Lady replied, "Child, you have invoked Me by various titles and have always obtained favours from Me. Now, since you have called Me by that title so pleasing to Me, ‘Queen of the Most Holy Rosary’, I can no longer refuse the favour you petition; for this name is most precious and dear to Me. Make three novenas, and you shall obtain all.” 

    The Queen of the Holy Rosary appeared to Fortuna again and said “Whoever desires to obtain favours from Me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving.” Fortuna obeyed and was healed of her illnesses.

    The full prayer consists in praying the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, followed by various prayers. In this version, the Luminous Mysteries are included. It takes 54 days altogether to pray, 27 in petition, and 27 in thanksgiving regardless of whether the petitions were granted or not. Some versions are simpler (such as those found on the Hallow app or IPieta app) as they don't have the Memorare, St Michael's Prayer or the Litany of Loreto. The version below is the same as found on the Laudate app. I have added the Latin translations of the common prayers.

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  • by Rev. O.R. Vassall-Phillips, C.SS.R.

    Saint Gerard Majella lived between 1726 and 1755 and was an Italian lay-brother of the Redemptorist. He is the patron saint of children, unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers, motherhood, the falsely-accused and good confessions.

  • By Saint Thomas Aquinas edited by Henry Rawes

    Saint Thomas Aquinas OP (1225 - 7 March 1274) was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He was a philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism and is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis."There is a very beautiful treatise of St. Thomas Aquinas on the adorable Sacrament of the Altar. It is hard to know which to admire more, the fulness and precision of its arrangement, or the way in which he brings in the words of the Holy Ghost from the Sacred Scriptures. From this treatise, and nearly always in its very words, I have arranged these Meditations for the Servants of the Holy Ghost. In fact, all that was needed was to number or letter the divisions of the book so that they could be easily seen. The prayers and thanksgivings I have added. I have put the teaching of the Saint by itself, and the words of the Holy Ghost by themselves. In this I have only carried out what St. Thomas has himself done in the treatise. For the more part he has, after stating and explaining his points, put the texts by themselves, referring to the first point, the second point, the third point, and so on. Putting them all together, therefore, is only carrying out what this Angelic Saint has done." - Preface. p. 2.

  • This is the audiobook edition of the public domain book

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  • Englished and adapted by the Rev. Francis S. Laing. 

    Author: Pastrovicchi, Angelo.

    Related Names: Laing, Francis S. b. 1880, tr.

    Language(s): English

    Published: St. Louis, B. Herder, 1918.

    Subjects: Joseph, > Joseph, /of Cupertino, Saint, > Joseph, / of Cupertino, Saint, /1603-1663.

    Physical Description: xiii, 135 p. : front., plates ; 20 cm.

  • Saints of the month of February

    Saints of the month of February.

  • Oremus - a Collection of Latin and English Prayers

    Foreword: Fr Glen Tattersall
    Editors: Andrew Rutherford, Harvey Inamac, Dickson Leong
    Illustrator: Alexandra Dooley
    Collection and preparation of prayers: Josh Francisco

  • How to pray the Rosary

    View or download this two page short free guide on how to pray the Rosary.

    Pray the interactive online Rosary.

  • by Florence Mary CAPES (1845 - 1932)

    Biography & Autobiography, Christianity - Biographies

    Saint Rose of Lima, T.O.S.D. (April 20, 1586 – August 24, 1617), was a Spanish colonist in Lima, Peru, who became known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts. A lay member of the Dominican Order, she was the first person born in the Americas to be canonized by the Catholic Church. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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    Biography & Autobiography, Christianity - Biographies

    Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, T.O.S.F., (8 May 1786 – 4 August 1859), commonly known in English as St John Vianney, was a French parish priest who is venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as the patron saint of all priests. He is often referred to as the "Curé d'Ars". He became internationally notable for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. Catholics attribute this to his saintly life, mortification, his persevering ministry in the sacrament of confession, and his ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Saint Philomena.

    This short biography of this beloved saint was written before he was canonized in 1925. (Summary Adapted from Wikipedia)

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  • by Saint TERESA OF AVILA (1515 - 1582), translated by Rev. John DALTON (1814 - 1874)

    Biography & Autobiography, Christianity - Biographies

    Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, (March 28, 1515, at Gotarrendura (Ávila), Old Castile, Spain – October 4, 1582, at Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain) was a prominent Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, and writer of the Counter Reformation. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered to be, along with John of the Cross, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. In 1970 she was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. (Summary from wikipedia.org)

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  • by Saint BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX (1090 - 1153)

    Christianity - Commentary

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    "You want me to tell you why God is to be loved and how much.I answer, the reason for loving God is God Himself; and the measure of love due to Him is immeasurable love. . . ." Saint Bernard's On Loving God is one of his most delightful, and most widely read, works. It stands in the tradition of the Fathers of the Church, but it carries patristic teaching into the Middle Ages and into the cloister. Its famous affirmation that God is to be loved without limit, sine modo, is taken directly from the letters of Saint Augustine. While the tract is not an example of scholastic theology, it shows a typically twelfth-century love of logic and an unexpectedly precise use of terminology. In reading or listening to this work, it is very important, as with all medieval authors, to take them on their own terms, without superimposing on them categories favored by later generations, even our own. Or especially not our own.(summary from wiki and the reader)

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  • by St. John CHRYSOSTOM (c. 349 - c. 407), translated by Sir George PREVOST (1804 - 1893)

    Christianity - Commentary

    Running time: 09:58:18

    Homilies 25 though 43 of St John Chrysostom's commentary of the Holy Gospel according to St Matthew, which include the miracles and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. - Summary by The Reader

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  • by St. John CHRYSOSTOM (c. 349 - c. 407), translated by Sir George PREVOST (1804 - 1893)

    Christianity - Commentary

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    Homilies 44 though 64 of St John Chrysostom's commentary on the Holy Gospel according to St Matthew, which include the parables and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. - Summary by The Reader

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  • by Saint JOHN OF THE CROSS (1542 - 1591), translated by David LEWIS (1814 - 1895)

    Christianity - Other

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    The Ascent of Mount Carmel is one of the timeless classics of Christian contemplation, radical in its time and deeply influential in the world today. St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila worked together to reform the Carmelite Order in the Roman Catholic Church, in which he is honored as one of the Doctors of the Church. An active priest and teacher in his lifetime, this work is considered primary source material the training of Spiritual Directors, and an essential set of guidelines for all students of Revelation through Divine Love. ( Ed Humpal)

  • by Clare of Assisi, Saint, Thomas of Celano, Cuthbert, Father O.S.F.C., François Dupuis, Charlotte Cornish Balfour.
    Published 1910 by Longmans, Green, and Co. in New York, London, Bombay

    Clare, -- of Assisi, Saint, -- 1194-1253 -- Legends.
    Clare, -- of Assisi, Saint, -- 1194-1253.

    228 p.

    translated from the French version (1563) of Francis Du Puis by Charlotte Balfour ; with an introduction by Father Cuthbert.

  • by Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380; Scudder, Vida Dutton, 1861-1954.
    Published 1905 by London, J.M. Dent & Co., New York, E.P. Dutton & Co.

    Catherine, -- of Siena, Saint, -- 1347-1380.

    377 p.

    Tr. and edited with an introduction by Vida D. Scudder.

  • by Cepari, Virgilio, approximately 1563-1631; Goldie, Francis, 1836-1912, ed. and tr
    Published 1891 New York : Benziger Brothers

    Gonzaga, Luigi, -- Saint, -- 1568-1591.

    516 p.

    New translation with notes from original sources, letters and documents edited by Father Francis Goldie.

  • on the Life and Passion of Our Lord, and the Life of His Blessed Mother
    by Birgitta, Saint, of Sweden, 1303-1373.
    Published 1862 by D. & J. Sadlier & Co. New York.

    Jesus Christ -- Crucifixion.
    Jesus Christ.
    Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

    166 p.

    About the Book
    Collection of ca 700 religious experiences which Saint Birgitta of Sweden had during prayer and which were afterwards written down in Latin and later translated in other languages. Translated from the Latin. To which is prefixed an essay on private revelations, by William H. Neligan.

  • by Coleridge, Henry James, 1822-1893.
    Published 1872 by Burns and Oates in London.

    Francis Xavier, -- Saint, -- 1506-1552.
    Francis Xavier, -- Saint, -- 1506-1552
    Francisco -- de Javier.

    2 volumes

  • by Saint Bonaventure, Cardinal  [translated by E. Gurney Salter].
    Published 1904 by J.M. Dent in London, Toronto

    Francis, -- of Assisi, Saint, -- 1182-1226 -- Legends.
    Francis, -- of Assisi, Saint, -- 1182-1226.
    Francois, -- d'Assise, saint, -- 1182-1226.

    219 p.

  • or, An exposition of Catholic doctrine according to the creeds of faith and the constitutions and definitions of the church.
    4th ed.
    by Devine, Arthur (1849-1919)
    Published 1903 by R. T. Washbourne in London

    Catholic Church -- Catechisms and creeds.
    Catholic Church -- Doctrines -- Catholic authors.
    Catholic Church.

    xxvi, 434 p.

  • by Charles Warren Stoddard
    Published 1896 by The Ave Maria in Notre Dame, Ind.

    Anthony, of Padua, Saint, 1195-1231

    173 p.

  • by Kinane, T. H. (Thomas H.)
    Published 1884 by M.H. Gill and Son in Dublin, Ireland
    7th Edition.

    Saints -- Prayers and devotions.
    Joseph, -- Saint.

    xxii ; 442 pages

  • by Albertus, Magnus, Saint, 1193?-1280; Berthier, P. J
    Published 1911 by R. & T. Washbourne in London

    Meditations, Spiritual life
    111 p.


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    A short book with plenty of things to glean from, I read another translation of the Latin version of the same book and thought it was insightful, engaging, and full of wisdom. One can easily read it through in one or two sittings and is a very light read.

    Now a little something on this author: Saint Albert the Great OP (c. 1193 – November 15, 1280), also known as Albertus Magnus or Albert of Cologne, was a German friar of the Dominican order and a bishop. During his lifetime he was known as Doctor universalis and Doctor expertus. The sobriquet Magnus was later added to his name. He is also a Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of medical technologists/technicians; natural sciences; philosophers; scientists; and students. 

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  • Conceptions of Divine Love
    by Santa Teresa de Jesus (Teresa of Avila )translated by Rev. John Dalton (1814 - 1874)

    Conceptions of Divine Love was written in 1577. St. Teresa wrote this with the idea of explaining certain words found in the Book of Canticles. When her confessor read the title of her work, he ordered her to immediately burn it, which, of course, she did. But one of her nuns had copied the first seven chapters, which was then published in 1612. Here, Father John Dalton has translated only four of those chapters in 1852. (Summary by Ann Boulais)

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  • by Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226, Robinson, Paschal, 1870-

    Published 1906 by Dolphin Press in Philadelphia, USA
    xxxii, 208 pages


  • By Francis of Assisi, Saint (1182-1226)

    Published 1900 by Peter Pauper Press in Mount Vernon [New York]
    141 p.

  • by Grignion de Montfort, Louis-Marie, Saint, 1673-1716; Faber, Frederick William, 1814-1863

    Published 1863 by Burns & Lambert in London
    xvi, 193 pages
    Traité de la vraie dévotion à la sainte Vierge.

  • by Liguori, Alfonso Maria de', Saint, 1696-1787

    Published 1855 by Burns & Lambert in London
    238 p.

  • by Liguori, Alfonso Maria de', Saint, 1696-1787; Coyne, John, active 1828-1832, publisher

    Published 1835 by John Coyne
    vii, 292 pages.

    Monastic and religious life of women

  • by Liguori, Alfonso Maria de', Saint, 1696-1787; Grimm, Eugene, 1835-1891

    Published 1887 by Benziger Brothers in New York
    502 p.

  • by Liguori, Alfonso Maria de', Saint, 1696-1787

    Published 1888 by P.J. Kenedy in New York .
    802 p.

  • by Francis de Sales, Saint (1567-1622)
    Published 1900 by F. Pustet & co. in Ratisbon, New York [etc.] .
    xxi, 367 p.

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  • by Gilli, Gaspar; Francis, de Sales, Saint, 1567-1622; Sister of the Institute of Charity Published 1890 by Robert Washbourne in London. Pagination xix, [20]-250 p.