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Not many of us in our youth, have played cat and mouse with an unjust police force. Few of us have hidden priests who are hunted because of their unswerving fidelity to their Religion. Not many teenagers have taught Christian Doctrine at a time when this was forbidden by law, but, to these...
The central, the most important fact about the Catholic Church, that which primarily differentiates it from every other religious organization on the face of the earth, is the living presence of Jesus Christ Our Lord within it. This actual indwelling of Our Blessed Lord within the society which...
"Scruples exist among people of every race," said Father O'Boyle, thoughtfully. "Yet scruples seem to be a disease peculiarly AngloSaxon." We were sitting in Father O'Boyle’s private room. From that room, for some twenty years or more, Father Francis J. O'Boyle has been going to class to teach...
Fundamentalists are sometimes horrified when the Virgin Mary is referred to as the Mother of God. However, their reaction often rests upon a misapprehension of not only what this particular title of Mary signifies but also who Jesus was, and what their own theological forebears, the Protestant...
Introduction On the Ninth of May 1850, Father Antoine Marie Garin arrived in Nelson. During the next 40 years Father Garin would contribute hugely to the development of education in the area, as well as the establishment of the Nelson parish. From the time that he arrived in Nelson up until...
Introduction I recently had put into my hands a most attractively produced and fascinating booklet entitled, "Who and What Are the Rosicrucians?" In a sub-title, the booklet offers to place "Facts at Your Fingertips." And, on the inside of the cover, we are told, "This Is a Reference Work for...
I. Just What Is Communism? "What's wrong with Communism anyway?" — "If one would leave out the atheism and some of the Soviet ideas on women, Communism wouldn't be a bad thing, would it?" These questions are being asked by thousands today and every intelligent man and woman demands a reply...
Dear Children, 1. In the midst of human vicissitudes and the havoc of shock to the feeling, you voice your fears to your Father and ask for a rule of conduct. I’m going to show you and try to instill into your souls the consolation you need. 2. Jesus Christ, the Model of Christians, teaches us...
A Personal Note This pamphlet is written op the basis of my own personal experience. For twenty years, from the time I was seventeen, I was a member of the Communist Party, holding positions at all levels of the organization. I held responsible positions in a large number of its 'satellite'...
The first and most important point to be noted in regard to the Catholic dogma of the worship of the Saints is that both dulia, i. e. the worship we render to the Saints in general, and hyper-dulia, i. e. that specific worship which we give to the Blessed Virgin in particular, differ formally...
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Introduction At first sight of this little book, that bears the high-sounding title of “The Golden Key of Paradise,” perhaps, dear reader, you will be somewhat curious to know whether its contents are as good as its title. Perhaps you are inclined to shrug your shoulders and feel as you do when...
Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J.
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The single most important element in training children is to form their consciences. How can this be done effectively? To form a child's conscience is an art. This subject is immense. We will touch on four areas: The meaning of art, The meaning of conscience, The forming of the conscience of a...
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Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them: Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able. — Luke 13:23-24 For many are called, but few chosen. — Mark 20:16 Behold how many there are who are called, and how few who are...
“I am come to cast fire on the earth: and what will I, but that it be kindled?” — Luke 12:49 To show what charity should normally be in the illuminative way of proficients, we shall discuss the zeal which every Christian, especially the priest and religious, should have for the glory of God and...
There are few tenets of the Catholic Church so little understood, or so grossly misrepresented by her adversaries, as her doctrine regarding Justification or Sanctification. Many, outside the Church, make the mistake of supposing that the Catholic doctrine ascribes a justifying and saving...
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Introduction The Catholic belief that the Saints in heaven are aware of what is going on here on earth, that they are eager to assist us with their prayerful intercession, and that we can even ask them for their intercession is a big stumbling block to most Bible-believing Christians. They...
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Introduction After only a cursory reading of the Bible, it may appear that Mary, the mother of Our Lord, was nothing more than a humble virgin from Nazareth, who gave birth to Jesus and then faded into the background, practically disappearing from God’s plan of salvation. Why is it then that...
Preface to the First Edition This little book about the Bible grew out of lectures which the writer delivered on the subject to mixed audiences. The lectures were afterwards expanded, and appeared in a series of articles in the Catholic press 1908-9, and are now with slight alterations...
The Doctrine of the Catholic Church, regarding the veneration of relics, is thus defined by the Fathers of the Council of Trent. The Holy Synod decrees: In these relics we Catholics do not imagine any inherent power, any supernatural and divine efficacy. But when we behold the Almighty God...
Is baptism necessary for our salvation? It is doubtless the most necessary of all the sacraments, because without it we are incapable of receiving any other sacrament, and because it is ordained by Jesus Christ as the only means of receiving the first grace of justification, by which alone we...
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