Modern Martyr: St. Theophane Venard
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like Théophane Vénard even more than Saint
Louis de Gonzaga, because the life of Saint
Louis de Gonzaga was extraordinary and
Théophane Vénard's was quite ordinary...my
soul is like his. He is the one who has best
lived my way of spiritual childhood."
St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Théophane Vénard's example, particularly his way of
accepting his martyrdom, was a valuable aid to Saint Thérèse
of the Child Jesus, especially his words before martyrdom: "I
do not rely on my own strength, but on the strength of Him who defeated
the power of Hell and of the world through the Cross."
Saint under Moslem Rule
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Dom Justo Perez de Urbel, O.S.B.
of unusual power, scholarship, and interest. Though restricted to
9th century Cordova under Moorish domination, it is a typical picture
of the tremendous life-and-death struggle, the religious and cultural
conflict, between two antagonistic and incompatible civilizations:
Catholic and Moslem.
Great leaders stand forth like St. Eulogius, the central figure of
this history and his dear friend St. Alvaro. Chance of victory there
was none for Cordova at this bleak hour. One could only show that
men and women would never be wanting to carry on the conflict until
the victory should be won.
We see the ancient Mozarabic rite up close as we listen to chants
and prayers, attend a baptism, wedding, ordination and lastly the
solemn services performed over the martyred body of the leader of
the Mozarabic Christians.
of White: Life of St. Pius X
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of St. Pius X for youngsters 12 and up. The lessons given us by the
life of the only Saint-Pope in over 500 years are in his poverty,
charity and burning zeal for souls that should animate all of us.
The purpose of this biography is to widen the circle of boys and girls,
men and women who know him better and love him more.
"I highly recommend this book for children." -Fr. Herve
de la Tour
Marcel Van: The Triumph of Love by Catherine St-Pierre
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Van: The Triumph of Love by Catherine St-Pierre
St. Theresa the Little Flower revealed herself to Marcel Van and guided
him in her Little Way of Love. His simple and solid faith was highlighted
with submission to God's Providence during persecution and suffering.
This book convinces its readers that the fire of God's Charity burned
in the life of this humble and courageous lay Redemptorist Brother.
Amidst suffering, first in Hanoi, Vietnam, and consummated with his
martyr's death at the age of 31 in a Communist concentration camp
(July 10, 1759), Marcel Van's message of love still echoed: "Love
cannot die, it goes on loving without any limitations of time. Oh,
if I could only die of love! I have already made an act of total offering,
and that act has been accepted...."
Forty-three years after the Communist victory in the Republic of Vietnam,
Marcel Van is still a voice to raise our heart and mind to our suffering
and faithful Savior. Includes the messages given by the Blessed Virgin
Mary to Marcel Van in 1946 regarding what She called "the Apostles
of My reign." Though of a different and curious culture, the
traditional Catholic faith of this lay brother transforms and overcomes
differences in nationality.
192pp. Sewn softcover, 20 photographs.
Or Cross Of St. Benedict
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Dom Prosper Gueranger, O.S.B.
explanation of the medal and cross of St. Benedict. It explains the
origin of the medal, what all the letters on the medal mean, its miraculous
effects throughout history, indulgences attached to the medal and
the special rite for blessing this medal.
Did you know that this medal is essentially a devotion to the Holy
Cross of Our Lord in the spirit of Saint Benedict who worked his many
miracles through the power of the Cross?
Did you know that St. Benedict is the traditional patron of a good
death? Do you know why?
Read to find out! Includes a chapter on devotion to St. Benedict and
special prayers to help you use the medal and increase your devotion
to St. Benedict and the Holy Cross. Written by the incomparable Dom
Gueranger, founder of the Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes and author
of The Liturgical Year.
140 pp. Softcover.
Immaculatae: The Knighthood of Immaculate Virgin Mary
Fr. Karl Stehlin, SSPX
goes to Fr. Stehlin to defray the cost of printing in Poland.
IX: The Man And The Myth
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19th century a blank century to you? Let Yves Chiron connect the dots
from the viewpoint of the longest pontificate in the history of the
Church - Blessed Pius IX.
Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti is one of the most interesting and
complex individuals to ever become Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic
Church. He was born in 1792, during the French Revolution, lived through
the Napoleonic conquests of Europe, and witnessed the unification
of both Italy and the Prussian Empire.
His pontificate included the proclamation of the dogmas of the Immaculate
Conception and Papal Infallibility, the convocation of the First Vatican
Council, the publication of the Syllabus of Errors, the beginnings
of Catholic Action, and the development of the foreign missions.
If you want an insight into the many interesting facets of the relationship
between the Church and the world at the end of the 19th century, this
book is for you. If you are interested in the fight of the Church
against the great movements of Modernity: liberalism, Freemasonry vs Christianity,
the Enlightenment, laicism, capitalism and communism, this book is
worth reading. If the mention of Pius IX brings nothing to mind, you
need to read this book.
•The First Years
•A Difficult Path to Priesthood
•From Tata Giovanni to Chile
•Bishop of Spoleto
•Bishop and Cardinal of Imola
•From Reform to Revolution
•The Pope in Exile
•Resistance and Renewal
•The Pope of the Immaculate Conception
•Pius IX and Italy
•The Pope of the Syllabus
•The Roman Question
•The Vatican Council
•The "Prisoner of the Vatican"
•Towards the Canonization
The author, Yves Chiron, is a professor of history and a member of
the Society of the Ecclesiastical History of France. He has authored
many works in his native French, including biographies of Padre Pio
and Paul VI, and is the author of the Angelus Press title St. Pius
X: Restorer of the Church.
327 pp. Softcover. Index.
Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ
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King of Kings shall open, and the king of the land shall come..."
It was the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, the 29th of September,
1224. The warriors waited restlessly in the courtyard, astride their
steeds, clad in steel mail and brilliant plate armor. Elaborate silk
surcoats, emblazoned with various devices, fluttered loosely in the
morning breeze, and assorted weapons hung from saddles or were belted
about lean waists.
The army fell silent as King Fernando suddenly appeared on the staircase.
He stood still, grim-faced, appraising with satisfaction the
assembled host. Fernando had labored incredibly, struggling for years
to bring this day about. He knew that these men had also endured sufferings
and labors untold, as had all of Castile for hundreds of years. How
many thousands of knights had spilled their blood during those centuries,
fighting heroically to defend their homeland from the unjust oppressor,
or while attempting to retake what had been stolen from them? How
unnamed men and women toiled as slaves in Moorish lands, serving their
masters in shame and fear, finding relief only in death? How many
now chained to an oar in the bowels of a Moorish galley, forgotten
to all but God, or were forced into servitude in Muslim armies, perishing
they fought to spread the cult of the Infidel?
It had come to an end. This day, the faith and discipline of one man
had prevailed over an entire kingdom. Now that kingdom was finally
strong enough to strike back."
The greatest Spanish monarch, King of Castile and Leon, St. Fernando
III was born in the year 1199 - exactly 100 years after the death
illustrious ancestor, El Cid. In him would be combined the soul of
a knight dedicated entirely to God, the irresistible power of the
due to his royal heritage, the authority to marshal the might of an
entire kingdom against the enemies of Christ. Personally leading his
armies into battle, he took back more territory from Islam than any
other king in history. First cousin of St. Louis IX of France, he
saintly death in the year 1252. His incorrupt body can still be seen
in the Cathedral of Seville, and his feastday, May 30th, is a holy
day of obligation in Spain.
George: Knight of Lydda
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George’s tale, like that of many hero-saints, has been overlaid
with the fond embellishments of story-tellers throughout the generations.
Cooney has re-examined the historical sources for the life of St George,
and has forged these into a stirring and original historical novel.
Here we rediscover St George as Giorgios Theognosta, the Roman cavalry
officer from Lydda in Palestine, a Christian during the last days
the pagan Empire, a brave man who stands up for his faith during the
final great wave of persecution. Giorgios’ integrity and military
skill, inherited from his murdered father, bring him success in his
career, but this success brings him the envy of a powerful enemy,
one whom he will ultimately have to confront.
In Giorgios’ company we journey to the corners of an Empire
striving to hold its borders against those who reject Roman rule –
from Germania to
North Africa, from Persia to Britannia – encountering along
the way a throng of historical characters: Aurelian, Diocletian, Galerius,
Zenobia, an old British king named Coel, and Giorgios’ great
friend, a promising young officer of the imperial family named Constantine
. . .
The action-filled narrative reveals much about the Christian Church
of the third century, about life in the Roman army, and about how
extraordinary legends can arise through the affectionate exaggeration
and symbolic story-telling of a devoted scribe.
320 pp. Softcover.
to Help the Sick and Dying
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Msgr. Edmund Goebel
to Help the Sick and Dying
by Monsignor Edmund Goebel
Our life is all about dying well. This gentle book was first published
in 1937 to help the dying and diseased and their caregivers to conduct
themselves with the mind of the Church at the most important moment
in our life.
Explains what is to be done whether a priest is present or not. What
are the preparations for Communion of the Sick, for Extreme Unction?
What to do when bedside with a non-Catholic?
Explanations of the virtues and Sacraments in the sickroom. Includes
62 patron saints to be invoked against the particular maladies for
which they are known to intercede, each with a short biography of
the wonderworker and a short prayer.
• How to resign oneself to death • Prayers and indulgences
for this critical time • How to console the sick and reconcile
the sinner • Listing of the dying words of 63 saints, blessed,
and famous laypeople (e.g., Christopher Columbus, Julian the Apostate,
Queen Elizabeth, etc.) • Step-by-step guide through the Ritual
• Litany of the Dying, Examination of Conscience, making a good
confession • Over 60 ejaculations to be recalled at the time
129pp. Red,gold-embossed hardbound, illustrated.
Charbel Makhlouf of Lebanon
(1828 - 98), a Maronite Rite Catholic religious, priest and hermit
of Bekaa-Kafra, Lebanon, is considered by many to be the masculine
counterpart of the Little Flower of Lisieux and one of the greatest
saints of our times. He led a hidden life of profound virtue, humble
labor and ardent fervor for the Holy Eucharist.
He left home at the age of twenty-three to follow the examples of
two uncles by entering the monastic life of the Lebanese Maronite
Order (a religious order WITHIN the Catholic Maronite Rite that includes
most Catholics in Lebanon). He was profoundly devoted to the Holy
Rosary and to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which he said daily
at 11:00AM. Why so late? Because he knelt before the Blessed Sacrament
from midnight the night before (yes, eleven hours!) to prepare for
His obedience was absolutely perfect, going even so far as to obey
the lay laborers at the monastery. His fasting and penances were severe.
He separated himself from the world entirely, from his first entrance
to the novitiate. His only contact with the outside world was at the
request of his superiors, orders which he followed without question.
His entire life, without the slightest exception, was completely supernatural.
The stories of his heroic virtues, told by many who knew him, are
fascinating enough especially since they take place in a land that
Catholics are not much accustomed to thinking of as Catholic - Lebanon.
It is even more interesting as he was a miracle worker in life and
in death - the miracles were practically non - stop.
Fr. Charbel suffered a stroke on December 16, 1898, during the Offertory
of the Liturgy...the high point of his day - his entire life was an
offertory. He was reciting the prayer of the Holy Liturgy of the Maronite
Rite: "Father of Truth, behold Your Son, a sacrifice pleasing
to You. Accept this offering of Him who died for me..." As he
fell to the floor, he kept his hands safely clasped around the Holy
Eucharist. His companion, Fr. Makarios Al-Mishmeshani the Hermit,
and some other monks helped him to his cell, where he continued to
repeat that prayer until his death on Christmas Eve, 1898.
From April 22-August 14, 1750, exactly 350 miracles were recorded
at his tomb...20 of the cured were Moslems. MANY, MANY more were recorded
as his body remained perfectly intact (supple skin, flexible joints,
no odor) for over 75 years after his death and exuded a miraculous
liquid that healed a great number of crippled and sick people and
converted many others, including Moslems to the True Faith. His casket
rotted, he did not. The author of the book warns that the miraculous
events surrounding the Saint's life are so great, that it is easy
to lose sight of the essential - his holiness.
The Sacred Scriptures tell us that war is a punishment for sin. Consequently,
sanctity is the ultimate solution to war. While the Middle East and
specifically St. Charbel's beloved Lebanon has recently been torn
asunder, let us all invoke him as we earnestly pray for peace and
the conversion of non-believers...intentions dear to the heart of
Francis of Assisi & the Conversion of the Muslims
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the authentic story of St. Francis's trip to the Sultan in Egypt and
efforts to convert him to the One True Faith. Also includes a brief
biography of St. Francis, including his stigmata; the Franciscans;
St. Clare; and St. Francis's view of the Crusades. A book greatly
needed in our era of false ecumenism.
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Fr. Edward Saint-Omer
MAJELLA: The Wonder-Worker Patron of Expectant Mothers
Millions of expectant mothers pray for his intercession and wear his
medal, but few of us know much about him. St. Gerard died of tuberculosis
at 29 years of age while a lay brother in the Congregation of the
Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), where he achieved great sanctity.
A tailor by profession before he entered the Redemptorist order at
the age of 26, St. Gerard became famous for his miracles, cures, charity,
ecstasies, mortifications, purity, obedience, discernment of spirits,
infused knowledge, prophecies, knowledge of distant events, bilocations,
and power over nature, the human heart - and even the Devil!
The author also describes the saint's death, funeral, miracles after
his death, his beatification and canonization, plus, the widespread
devotion to him that soon sprang up everywhere.
Monica: Model of ... Mothers
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F. A. Forbes
persevering mother whose prayers, patience and good example at last
obtained the conversion of her wayward son, the great St. Augustine,
as well as her pagan husband and her mother-in-law. Includes her childhood,
difficult marriage, anguish over Augustine, constancy and, in the
end, her joy at his conversion. A magnificent story of prayer finally
Nicholas Of Switzerland
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great 15th century saint is a burning torch still giving light to
his countrymen and to the entire Church. His life reminds us that
holiness can be pursued in every vocation. Saint Nicholas was a soldier,
a farmer, a magistrate, a husband, the father of a large family, and
a hermit for the last 20 years of his life.
He was very devoted to our Lady and the Holy Eucharist. Separate investigations
of the religious and civil authorities of the day attest to Saint
Nicholas's eating nothing besides daily Communion for years.
Forty years before Martin Luther kicked off the "reformation,"
Saint Nicholas warned his people not to be deceived by the coming
apostasy. "An unfortunate time of revolt and dissension in the
Church of Jesus Christ is on the way. O my children, do not let yourselves
be misled by any innovations! Stay together and hold fast. Stay on
the same way, the same paths as your pious ancestors. That is how
you will resist the attacks, tempests, and storms that are going to
rise up with violence."
If that isn't incredible enough, God also showed him a great apostasy
which will sound all too familiar to traditional Catholics. Saint
Nicholas warned, "The Church will be punished, for the majority
of its members, great and small, will become very perverted. The Church
will sink deeper and deeper until it finally seems to have been destroyed,
and the Succession of Peter and the other Apostles will seem to have
ended. But after that, it will be triumphantly exalted in the sight
of all doubters."
Pocket size, a joy to read, abundantly illustrated. 78 pp. Softcover.
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Pius X is the first pope in modern history to be canonized since Saint
Pius V in 1712. The Church canonized him because of the heroic virtues
he practiced in his private life and also in the performance of his
ecclesiastical duties: Assistant Priest, Pastor, Canon, Episcopal
Chancellor, seminary spiritual director, Bishop, Cardinal Patriarch
of Venice, and Pope from 1903 to 1914.
Yves Chiron's fresh biography breaks new ground by establishing an
exact, fair portrait of Saint Pius X, who is often portrayed as a
pious pope of great Faith, but "retrograde, simplistic and close
minded to modern aspirations and new ideas." The work accomplished
by Saint Pius X was monumental. He was not a pietistic simpleton,
but a powerful and brilliant defender of the True Faith in the face
of the Modernism that was invading the Church even in those days -
the beginnings of the Liberalism that resurfaced at Vatican II.
Mr. Chiron demonstrates that he was a tireless defender of the rights
of the Church against secularism. He was a great reforming pope; restoring
Gregorian chant as the sacred music of the Church; reforming the Curia;
initiating the codification of Canon Law, and devoting himself especially
to reforming the seminaries in order to form pious, zealous young
priests, on guard against the creeping infection of Modernism.
In researching this book, Yves Chiron draws from many sources, especially
from Italy, where this great man, so beloved by his countrymen, rose
from being a poor country farm boy to being the Vicar of Our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ. The author was also able to research the
Secret Vatican Archives.
There is no better "rags - to - riches" story, for he came
from a poor but hardworking family and rose to the heights of spiritual
riches. This book not only relates the historical events of the Pope's
life but offers many personal stories that are like windows into his
soul and clearly show his saintly personality.
352 pp. Softcover. 24 pp of illustrations.
Song of Bernadette (Book)
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is the classic work that tells the true story surrounding the miraculous
visions of St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858.
Werfel, a highly respected anti-Nazi writer from Vienna, became a
Jewish refugee who barely escaped death in 1940, and wrote this moving
story to fulfill a promise he made to God. While hiding in the little
village of Lourdes, Werfel felt the Nazi noose tightening, and realizing
that he and his wife might well be caught and executed, he made a
promise to God to write about the “song of Bernadette”
that he had been
inspired by during his clandestine stay in Lourdes. Though Werfel
was Jewish, he was so deeply impressed by both Bernadette and the
happenings at Lourdes, that his writing has a profound sense of Catholic
“On re-reading The Song, what struck me most about Werfel’s
craft was how deeply this Jewish writer, who had long been interested
Catholicism but who had never converted, had entered into Catholicism’s
sacramental imagination. For all its unsparing depiction of
the poverty of the French Pyrenees, the pettiness of local officialdom,
the skepticism and institutional-mindedness of local churchmen,
The Song of Bernadette is shot through with a sense of the extraordinary
that lies on the far side of the ordinary, revealing itself
through the simplest things.”
—George Weigel, from the Foreword
605 pp. Softcover.
Story of a Family: the Home of St Therese of Lisieux
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Fr. Stephane-Joseph Piat, O.F.M
of a Family contains the fabulously captivating and popular life of
the Martin family, showing the background that helped
produce "the greatest Saint of Modern Times." (St. Pius
"When we had our children, our lives changed somewhat. Thenceforward
we lived only for them; they made all our happiness and we would never
have found it save in them. In fact, nothing any longer cost us anything;
the world was no longer a burden to us. As for me, my children were
great compensation, so that I wished to have many in order to bring
them up for Heaven."
—Zélie Martin464 pp. softcover.
Newmann: Mystic and Stigmatist
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Adalbert Albert Vogl
and remarkable gifts of Therese Neumann (1898-1962); who bore the
stigmata from 1926 to 1962; and suffered the Passion of Jesus on Fridays.
She went without food and drink (save Communion) for 26 years. Also
tells of her visions; language phenomena; mystical recognition of
Holy Eucharist; of priests; priestly blessings and relics; her bi-location
and other mystical gifts.
272 pp. Softcover.
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heroes of the Faith
For every half-dozen heroes antiquity could muster, Christendom produced
thousands; and often from the strangest holes and corners. Instead
drying up the spirit of adventure, the Fire of Pentecost kindled it
anew and made it burn with an unquenchable flame. The Master’s
instructions to His followers resulted in a host of enterprises quite
as daring as any to be found in Homer.
Some of these are brought vividly to life in these stories about courageous
Christians from the earliest days of Christianity to modern
times. Although written primarily for youthful readers, they are sure
to interest all those to whom
the achievements of their fellow Christians are a matter of pride
Here you’ll read about, among others:The pagan actor whose mockery
of the Faith led him to convert and even die a Christian martyr
The blind boy who became an adviser to great saints
The brave bishop who successfully defended the true Faith —
against his fellow bishops and even the Emperor!
The monk who was martyred in the Coliseum trying to stop the bloodshed
of the gladiators there
The priest who suffered cruel deprivations to convert a savage tribe
— with a dictionary!
The Irish monk who crossed the Sea of Darkness to discover America
The celebrated Spanish novelist who helped save Christendom from the
Turks at the Battle of Lepanto
The unarmed bishop who, with words alone, drove Attila the Hun from
the gates of RomeThe stirring adventures of these brave Christian
souls remind us that God has in hand for each of us a unique mission,
worthy of all our imagination and of all our daring.