St. Joan of Arc by Rev. Denis Lynch, S.J., 1919

The name and fame of Jeanne d'Arc are in the catalogue of common things, like the rainbow; of things so familiar that an effort of the imagination is needed before we can appreciate the unique position of the Maid in history. The story of her career, as one of her learned French historians has said, … Continue reading St. Joan of Arc by Rev. Denis Lynch, S.J., 1919

What Every Christian Must Believe

What Every Christian Must Believe from A Manual of Catholic Prayers, 1888 1. Every Christian must believe that there is one God, and no more than one God: that God is a pure Spirit, the Lord and Maker of heaven and earth, who has neither beginning nor end, but is always the same; who is everywhere … Continue reading What Every Christian Must Believe

Unchangeable Church Teaching: What Can and Cannot Be Reformed in the Church by Fr. Michael Mueller, 1875

Q. What follows from the fact that the holy Roman Catholic Church can never be destroyed by any created power?A. That it would be the sin of heresy for any one to say that a reform of the doctrine or the constitution of the Roman Catholic Church could ever become necessary.Q. Can anyone change the doctrine … Continue reading Unchangeable Church Teaching: What Can and Cannot Be Reformed in the Church by Fr. Michael Mueller, 1875

Why Mass in Latin by Fr. Joseph Faa Di Bruno, D.D., 1884

The Church is Apostolic. She is the Church of St. Peter and of the other apostles, and she has guarded with tenderness all the precious memories they have left. When the apostles parted from each other for their mission to announce to all nations the gospel of salvation, two languages chiefly were spoken and understood … Continue reading Why Mass in Latin by Fr. Joseph Faa Di Bruno, D.D., 1884

Are we bound to profess this faith openly?

Matters of Faith by Fr. Michael Muller, 1880 Are we bound to profess this faith openly? Yes, whenever the glory of God and the spiritual welfare of our neighbor require it; for Christ says: "Every one that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But … Continue reading Are we bound to profess this faith openly?

How Catholics lose the faith? by Fr. Michael Muller, 1880

1. By going to schools forbidden by the Church; 2. by the neglect of their religious duties; 3. by the reading of bad books; 4. by worldliness and a wicked life; 5. by intercourse with scoffers at religion; 6. by mixed marriages; 7. by becoming members of secret societies; 8. by pride and subtle reasoning on … Continue reading How Catholics lose the faith? by Fr. Michael Muller, 1880

The Power of the Sacrament of Penance by Fr. Michael Muller, 1880

In the little book, Triumph of the Blessed Sacrament over Beelzebub; or History of Nicola Aubry , who was possessed by Beelzebub and several other evil spirits, we read the following : "One day, during one of the exorcisms in church, the evil spirit was chattering and uttering all kinds of nonsense. Suddenly he stopped … Continue reading The Power of the Sacrament of Penance by Fr. Michael Muller, 1880

Catholic Theology: Why the Catholic Church Condemns Attendance at False Worship by Fr. Michael Muller, 1874

What is attendance at false worship? It is to assist at the religious worship of heretics. To worship God according to a rite contrary to all precepts of the Gospel is a false and unlawful worship of God. Hence it would be a grievous sin for a Catholic to worship God according to the ceremonial … Continue reading Catholic Theology: Why the Catholic Church Condemns Attendance at False Worship by Fr. Michael Muller, 1874

There is no Salvation Outside the Catholic Church

There is no Salvation Outside the Catholic Church by Fr. Arnold Damen S.J., 1877 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be condemned."--Mark XVI. chap, and 16 verse. My dearly beloved Christians, on Thursday evening last, from these words of our Divine Saviour I proved to you … Continue reading There is no Salvation Outside the Catholic Church

A Consequence of Martin Luther’s Heresy of Faith Alone by Rev. Bertrand L. Conway, C.S.P, 1929

Is not one religion as good as another? Are not creeds in themselves unimportant, and conduct the one thing essential? Do we not frequently meet men who believe in Christ and all His teachings, and yet day by day do things that would bring a blush to a pagan's cheek? One of the most common … Continue reading A Consequence of Martin Luther’s Heresy of Faith Alone by Rev. Bertrand L. Conway, C.S.P, 1929

The Grace of Justification by Fr. Michael Muller, 1874

Q. What does the sinner become by receiving the sacrament of baptism or penance?A. He becomes a child of God, a temple of the Holy Ghost, an heir of heaven, and capable of performing good works towards his salvation.Q. What is this great grace called?A. Sanctifying grace, or the grace of justification.Q. Why is it … Continue reading The Grace of Justification by Fr. Michael Muller, 1874

Refuting the Protestant Errors of Private Interpretation of Holy Scripture by Fr. Joseph Di Bruno, D.D, 1895

The Holy Scriptures are the Word of God. This I will assume as admitted by Protestants generally. But it is clear that if the Scriptures are wrongly interpreted, they become the word of man. For, as the Protestant Bishop Walton says: "The Word of God does not consist in mere letters, whether written or printed, … Continue reading Refuting the Protestant Errors of Private Interpretation of Holy Scripture by Fr. Joseph Di Bruno, D.D, 1895

Tradition, the Unwritten Word of God by Fr. Joseph Faa di Bruno

Besides the written Word of God, Catholics believe also in the unwritten Word, called in Holy Scripture The Word of God spoken (Acts i v. 31). The Word of Faith preached (Romans x. 8). The Gospel heard and preached (Colossians i. 23). The Word of God received, heard, believed (1 Thessalonians ii. 13). The Word … Continue reading Tradition, the Unwritten Word of God by Fr. Joseph Faa di Bruno