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All Will Be Well. Free Traditional Catholic Books - Catholic Tradition - Traditional Catholic Reading. Thanks to technology, and perhaps due to Christianity’s low status in our modern liberal age, there is a fantastic treasure trove of good, traditional Catholic books available for free or near-free.

Free Traditional Catholic Books - Catholic Tradition - Traditional Catholic Reading

Below are links to valuable and timeless Catholic texts (including those written by great saints and Fathers and Doctors of the Church) that you can read and download for free. The After Dinner Scholar » Blog Archive » Gothic Cathedrals: The Architecture of Contemplation with Dr. Jason Baxter. Paternosters: Death's-head devotions. Would you give your sweetheart a ring with a grinning skull on it as a symbol of your love?

Paternosters: Death's-head devotions

In the Middle Ages or Renaissance, you might well have done exactly that. Such a "memento mori" ("remember death") gift was a demonstration that you were a serious, devout and right-thinking person, just the sort of suitor that would favorably impress your sweetie's parents. But I can't help thinking that the private reaction of some young ladies at receiving such a gift would still be "Eeeeuuuwww -- Yuck! " Needless to say, the medieval preoccupation with skulls continues to fascinate moderns.

The Victorians enthusiastically spread "medieval" doom and gloom everywhere. What I've been able to find is actually fairly minimal. There are some isolated skull beads or pendants that survive that may well have decorated rosaries. There is also one splendid string of seven skulls (almost certainly ten originally), which dates from the 16th century. I am also still kicking myself about another eBay find. St. Benedict's Real Catholic Stuff.

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A Knight of the White Cross: An Examination of Conscience. The following examination of conscience was found in the "Missal" of Sir Laurence Shipley after his death and reprinted in The Path of Prayer by Fr.

A Knight of the White Cross: An Examination of Conscience

Vincent McNabb. Let me ask my heart how it stands with God! Is God my God? Or is He only one amongst many gods, vulgar or sinful, whom I strive to serve? Is God the Sovereign of my mind? Dying Well Introduction. E.M.

Dying Well Introduction

Gerli and Christopher McDonald, Georgetown University E. Michael GerliGeorgetown University. Cryo Chamber. Conversion of the Heart: Love and Penitence. There are a few verses from Sacred Scripture I pray every Catholic thinks very deeply about -- and prays even more deeply about.

Conversion of the Heart: Love and Penitence

They are: James 2:15-26 What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him? And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food: And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit? So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself. But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith. Ghosts. Mary’s battering ram: the rosary - District of the USA. The Celtic Church — Myth and Reality - Catholicism.org. For many people — practicing, nominal, and non-Catholic alike — in the United States, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere, St.

The Celtic Church — Myth and Reality - Catholicism.org

Patrick’s day is welcome relief from the rigours (if any) of Lent, or at the very least a mid-spring party. Shamrocks abound as do green clothes of all varieties; the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Emerald Society, and suchlike bodies parade — these days not always without controversy — in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and the many other centres of the Irish diaspora. Even taco stands and Chinese restaurants sometimes feature variations on the omnipresent corned beef and cabbage. And there is booze. In the Emerald Isle itself, the day was primarily a strictly religious and civic one until about 20 years ago when Dublin and some other locales began putting on American style fiestas.

Now the Irish — Catholic or Protestant — think of themselves as a Celtic people. A few days later is the feast of St. On St. The Celtic Church — Myth and Reality - Catholicism.org. La danse macabre du Grand-Bâle. La danse macabre de Bâle est certainement l'une des plus célèbres œuvres de ce genre.

La danse macabre du Grand-Bâle

Lent used to be a lot harder than it is now - CNA Blog. If you found yourself complaining of a rumbly stomach on Ash Wednesday, or whining about the McDonald’s fish sandwich in your lunch on Friday, you may want to think of the Catholics of the past and be silent.

Lent used to be a lot harder than it is now - CNA Blog

Fasting used to be a much more strenuous affair, with Catholics not being able to eat anything until sunset. The “when” of the main meal was eventually allowed at 3 p.m., and then at noon, and then even earlier if one had a good reason. The rules of fasting and abstinence have changed even more over time, making the rules of fasting for a modern Catholic seem pretty relaxed in comparison, even when looking at how the requirements have changed in the past 100 years or so. Liquid Bread: The Top 5 Bock Beers for Lent. So you gave up dessert for Lent?

Liquid Bread: The Top 5 Bock Beers for Lent

Good for you, you wimp! Once upon a time, German monks ate nothing for the entirety of the Lenten fast. No bread, no salad, no fruit—nothing.