Reflections, scholarship and teachings.

On These Books

Carthusian Library
Library of the Charterhouse of Ss. Stefano & Bruno, Serra San Bruno, Calabria, Italy. (Photo Fabrizio Villa 2007)

If you where born in the 50’s and 60’s you may remember as a child the amazing books that were available within our parishes to teach children the Catholic Faith.  It Italy they were extremely colourful, fun to read and extremely engrossing and too boot you used to get a Holy Card of a Saint after each week’s lesson.  These no longer seem to be available and the latest method of teaching the faith is through single sheet handouts and questionnaires that have simply taken the fun out of learning and simply do not allow anyone to retain any information.  It was my hope therefore to make these available again so that you might share them with your children when teaching them about the Catholic faith.  You can download the ones you need (all open as pdf files) alternatively you can download the entire collection by pressing here its a zip file containing all 34 booklets in Pdf format.

After this section I’ve listed books for the adult reader which might be of interest.  You can also go to our digital library here and download any book you may want absolutely free of charge.  We are in the process of listing more books, its somewhat laborious but please do bare with us.  

For Children

1.  Book of Saints “Super-Heroes of God” Part 10:  St. Ermengild. St. John Ogilvie, St. Zozimus, St. George the Younger, St. Fructuosus of Braga, Blessed Helen of Udine, St. Eugene de Mazenod, St. Monegundis, St. Mildred, St. Justin de Jacobis, St. Moses the Black, St. Beatrice Da Silva, St. Catherine of Genoa, St. Gerard Sagredo, St. Mary Soledad, Prayer

2. Book of Saints “Super-Heroes of God” Part 12: Saint Rosalina, St. Teresa Margaret Redi, St. Lucy Filippini, St. Mary Mazzarello, St. Simeon the Younger, St. William of York, St Bertrand of Le Mans, St. Philip Benizi, St. Mary Soledad, St. Bertrand of Comminges, St. Peter of Alcántara, St. Winifred, St. Andrew Avellino, Bl. Mary Fontanella, St. Anthony of Lérins, Prayer

3.  First Book of Saints Their life-story and Example: Our Lady Queen of All Saints, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Agnes, St. Francis de Sales, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. John Bosco, St. Bernadette, St. Patrick, St. John the Baptist de la Salle, St. Dominic Savio, St. Isidore, St. Dymphna, St. Joan of Arc, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, St. Maria Goretti, St. Benedict, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Anne, St. Lawrence, St. Clare, St. John Berchmans, St. Tarcisius, St. Bernard, St. Pius X, St. Rose of Lima, St. Augustine, St. Peter Claver, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Margaret Mary, St. Gerard Majella, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Frances Calabrini, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St, Cecilia, St. Catherine Laboure, St. Francis Xavier, St. Lucy, St. John of the Cross, St. Stephen

4.   Good St. Anne

5.   Good St. Joseph

6.   I believe in God – The Apostles Creed

7.   Manual of Prayer’s for the Forty-Hours’ Adoration

8.   Mary’s Fatima Message (Peace Prayers and Fatima)

9.   Mary My Mother

10. My Day with Jesus

11. My first Catholic Picture Dictionary – A handy Guide to explain the meaning of words used in the Catholic Church

12. My First Prayer Book

13. My Picture Prayer Book

14. New Catholic Picture Bible

15. New Picture Book of Saints – Illustrated Lives of the Saints for Young and Old

16. Our Lady of Lourdes

17. Receiving Holy Communion – How to make a good Communion

18. Saint Anthony of Padua – The World’s best loved Saint

19. St. Dymphna – Patron of the Nervous and Emotionally Disturbed

20. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton

21. Saint Francis of Assisi

22. Saint Joseph Book of Prayers for children

23. Saint Joseph New American Catechism – Illustrated (№ 3 Expanded Edition)

24. Saint Jude – Apostle of those in need

25. St. Patrick (385-461)

26. Saint for the Afflicted – Saint Dymphna

27. The Apostles of Jesus

28. The Feasts of Jesus

29. The Holy Spirit

30. The Our Father and Hail Mary

31. The Sacramentals of the Church

32. The Seven Sacraments

33. The Stations of the Cross

34. The Works of Mercy — The CORPORAL works of Mercy: Feed the hungry, Give drink to the thirsty, Clothe the naked, Visit those in prison, Shelter the homeless, Visit the sick, Bury the Dead.  — The SPIRITUAL works of Mercy: Admonish the Sinner, Instruct the ignorant, Counsel the doubtful, Comfort the sorrowful, Bear wrongs patiently, Forgive injuries, Pray for the living and the dead.  

Books for the adult reader.

  1. Letters From The Desert by Carlo Carretto Translated by Fr. Ugo-Maria: At the age of 44, after a prominent career as a Catholic activist, Carlo Carretto was summoned by a voice that said: “Leave everything, come with me into the desert. I don’t want your action any longer, I want your prayer, your love.” Carretto responded by leaving for North Africa, where he joined the Little Brothers of Jesus and embraced the example of Charles de Foucauld. Among the fruits of Brother Carlo’s response was Letters from the Desert, the first and most popular of his many books. Its life-affirming message has inspired countless readers in a dozen languages. Simply, it reminds us that in the evening of our lives we will be judged by love.
  2. The White Paradise by Br. Pieter van der Meer de Welcheren O.S.B translated and Edited by Fr. Ugo-Maria: Written by Pieter Balthazar Albertus van der Meer de Welcheren in 1948. At the age of twenty he had finished his studies at the University of Amsterdam and received a degree in classical philology. He left Holland, the prey of a restlessness whose cause he did not understand. He travelled in Germany, visiting Munich and Bayreuth, and went on to Vienna. In 1901, he made a first stay in Paris and wrote his first novel, Jong Leven (Young Lives). Then he married, in June, 1902, and settled at Uccle in Belgium, where he undertook the hazardous business of living by his pen, started several reviews and wrote short stories and novels — sad, tragic, spiritually barren works.1 But no matter. One of his novels, De Jacht naar Geluk, ended with the Lord’s prayer.
  3. Memorable Words Of Life For Everyone Trying To Lead The Good Life by Fr. Francis Acharya OCSO, Edited By Fr. Ugo-Maria Ginex E.S.B on behalf of the Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Kurisumala in India: Francis Acharya, well-known in India monastic circles as one of the forerunners of the Christian Ashram Movement, crossed over to the Promised Land on January 31, 2002. His life, a saga which began on the 17th of January, 1912, in Belgium, the land of Missionaries, came to an end in India, the abode of Maharshis. He was ninety, “Our span is seventy years, or eighty for those who are strong” says the psalmist (Ps. 90:10). “Ninety for those who are stronger,” one is tempted to add! A true Indian sannyasi with a multi-faceted personality, he was “still bearing fruit when old, still full of sap, still green” (Ps. 92:14).
  4. The Desert Of The Heart — Daily readings with the Desert Fathers by Sr. Benedicta Ward SLG
  5. L’Ave Maria Et L’Angelus (in french)
  6. The Catholic Catechism (1932) by H.E. Pietro Cardinal Gasparri GCTE: Only authorized English translation, by the Dominican Fathers, Blackfriars, Oxford Longmans, Green and Co. Toronto 1932.
  7. Catechism Of The Catholic Church 1983 2nd Edition Revised in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II
  8. The Correct Thing for Catholics. (1891) This book aims, to a limited extent, to be a guide for the exterior conduct of Catholics on some occasions where there is a liability of making mistakes, and a reminder of obligations understood but that are often forgotten.
  9. Beautiful Pearls Of Catholic Truth: Containing the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church and the sacred books of the Bible. 1897 “as interpreted by the one true church founded by our divine saviour including: the history of the books of the Bible; life of the Blessed Virgin; Gospel story of the Passion of our Lord; grounds of Catholic doctrine; life and writings of St. Peter; faith and hope; faith and reason, etc; together with biographies of the illustrious saints; the stations of the cross; discourses upon the sacraments, the holy angels, teachings of the twelve apostles, the holy rosary, the confession, the invocation of the saints, etc., etc … to which is added a sketch of the apostle of temperance, Father Mathew and total abstinence from a Catholic point of view. Profusely embellished with superb illustrations in colours, photo-type and wood engravings.”
  10. The Sacramentals of the Holy Catholic Church by Lambing, Andrew Arnold, 1842-1918
  11. A Manual Of Prayers For The Use Of The Catholic Laity: Prepared And Published By Order Of The Third Plenary Council Of Baltimore 1888
  12. With God: a book of prayers and reflections by Lasance, Francis Xavier, 1860-1946
  13. The little book of the Most Holy Child Jesus. A prayer-book for his children by Warmoll, John Priestley, 1830-1885: Morning Prayers, Night Prayers, Other Prayers, Prayers and Devotions to be known and used by all: Our Father; Hail Mary; Glory be to the Father; I believe; I confess; Hail, Holy Queen; Memorare; Angelus; Grace before and after Meals, Magnificat, De Profundis, Veni Creator, Nine Meditations, Way of hearing Mass, Divine Praises, Serving at Mass, Benediction, Litany of Loretto, Holy Communion, Confession, Hints for Daily Conduct.
  14. Thomas Aquinas (Leaders of Philosophy) by Rev. D’Arcy S.J.: Until within comparatively recent times the subject of this book, St. Thomas Aquinas, received little recognition in this country. His lot has indeed been a strange one. Admired by his fellow-religionists of the Catholic Church, and accepted by them as the pattern of philosophic wisdom, he has nevertheless suffered almost a complete neglect outside that Church. The reasons for this are not far to seek. The great change in Europe at the time of the Reformation brought with it a distaste for medieval thought, which were exasperated by religious prejudices. Unfortunately for the continued reputation of St. Thomas, his views were identified with religious dogma, and so it came to pass that no one, save a Catholic, thought of studying his system from the point of view of pure philosophy and truth.
  15. Catholic truth in history: by Belloc, Hilaire; Chesterton, G. K.; Walsh, James Joseph; Walsh, James Joseph. I had almost written that history is the most important department of all education. To put this without modification would be, of course, to put it wrongly. The most important part is the teaching of dogma; next, and inextricably connected with it, the teaching of morals; next, the securing (and this is also connected with the teaching of dogma and morals) of continuous Catholic daily custom. History comes, of course, after all these. Any Catholic parent would much rather that his children grow up ignorant of history than ignorant of the Faith or of sound morals, or of Catholic custom and habit. Nevertheless, there is an aspect in which history may be called the most important of all subjects taught. And that aspect is precisely the purely scholastic aspect.
  16. St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton (1923). A sketch of St. Francis of Assisi in modem English may be written in one of three ways. Between these the writer must make his selection; and the third way, which is adopted here, is in some respects the most difficult of all. At least, it would be the most difficult if the other two were not impossible.
  17. Catena aurea: commentary on the four Gospels, collected out of the works of the Fathers Vol I Pt. I, Vol I Pt. II, Vol I Pt. III, Vol II, Vol III Pt. I, Vol III Pt. II, Vol IV Pt. I, Vol IV Pt. II, by Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274; Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890
  18. The Anonymous Sayings Of The Desert Fathers (2013) by Wortley John, Cambridge University Press. Much of what is known of the earliest history of Christian monasticism is derived from the Tales and Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Apophthegmata Patrum) of which three major collections survive. Until now only the ‘Alphabetic’ and the ‘Systematic’ collections have been available in English translation; with the present volume, the‘Anonymous’ collection becomes available, not only in English, but with the first complete edition of the Greek text on facing pages. Although many of the contents of these collections refer to desert communities in north-west Egypt, the collectors may have been refugee monks settled in Palestine who sought to record in Greek an oral tradition of instruction originally in Coptic to secure it for future generations. The ‘Alphabetic’ collection and its appendix, the ‘Anonymous’, were both created towards ad 500 (the ‘Systematic’ somewhat later) but it is clear that further material was added to the ‘Anonymous’ well into the seventh century. Consequently, this volume furnishes almost as much material for the study of the late antique world from which the monk sought to escape as it does for the monastic endeavour itself. But the spread and gradual evolution of monasticism are well illustrated here over a period extending to the Moslem conquest.
  19. The Church of the Fathers by John Henry Cardinal Newman. John Henry Newman’s controversial The Church of the Fathers is published here for the first time in more than a century. It contains some of his earliest writings on fourth-century Christianity and is contemporary with the first Tracts of the Oxford Movement and The Arians of the Fourth Century. It was aimed at the general reader and is filled with extracts from the writings of the Church Fathers. In 1833 the controversial Irish Church Temporalities Bill had been enacted by the British Parliament, a Bill that proposed to abolish ten of the twenty-two sees of the (Anglican) Church of Ireland. Newman accused the State of violating the ancient doctrine of Apostolic Succession, and in this book draws parallels between the situation facing the church in the fourth century and the Anglican church in his day. The material was first written as a series of articles for the British Magazine; these were then revised and published in book form in 1840. Although unpopular with many of the British Establishment, it was popular with fellow Tractarians, who ‘found in it for the first time the inspiration of the lives of the Saints, as real and human as if they were still alive, as indeed they were to Newman’ (Meriol Trevor). A second edition was published in 1842.
  20. The Sources Of Catholic Dogma Translated by Roy J. Deferrari from the Thirtieth Edition of Henry Denzinger’s Enchiridion Symbolorum. It is our hope that this work will increase among English-speaking people both the knowledge of our faith and the appreciation of its con­tinuity from the days of our Lord to our own times. Perhaps it is not too much to hope that it will also bring out more sharply the role played by the Fathers of the Church in the establishment and formulation of the basic dogmas of the faith.