The Catholic Studies Collection

THE CATHOLIC STUDIES COLLECTION

Bob Stanley’s “The Catholic Treasure Chest” (PDF)
Down To Earth Answers To Virtually All Your Heavenly Questions.
English – On the Web
Spanish – On the Web

How To Pray the holy Rosary (PDF)
The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable
Key Components of Catholic Doctrine and Prayer

Overcoming the World, the Flesh and the Devil,
In and Through Our Lord Jesus Christ (PDF)

A beautifully illustrated “basic primer” on Christianity
that explains what Christians believe, how they practice, and why.

Living the Catholic Life (PDF)
The Keys To Personal Holiness and PeaceFully Illustrated.

The “Peculiar” Theology of Our Redemption in Jesus Christ (PDF)
How the death of Christ at the hands of man
served to reconcile sinful man with God
Fully illustrated.

A Basic Course In Catholic Apologetics (PDF)
The theological art and science of presenting, explaining and justifying
the Catholic faith to atheists, agnostics, deists, skeptics, critics, pagans,
believers, unbelievers, politicians, judges, the ignorant,
the arrogant, and the confused.

The Supernatural Relationship
Between Christ’s Passion, the Mass and Holy Communion (PDF)

A Profound Study of the Source and Summit of Our Catholic Faith.
Fully illustrated.

How I obtained a Plenary Indulgence,
freeing my friend’s soul from Purgatory,
while fulfilling my Sunday Mass obligation
– all in about two hours

All About Sin, Death, Purgatory and Indulgences (PDF)

Anointing of the Sick, Last Sacraments, and the Apostolic Pardon

To Tell You the Whole Truth (PDF)
A Complete, Concise and Understandable
Basic and Advanced Course In Catholicism.

Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (PDF)
The Scholarly Collection and Explanation
of Virtually All Authentic Catholic Truths.

The Sources of Catholic Dogma by Denzinger (PDF)
A great work which traces the development of doctrine and Dogma
in the Catholic Church from its earliest times.

On-line version

e-Sword Electronic Bible Study Software
Download powerful Bible study software,
along with your choice of a number of different Bibles,
commentaries, dictionaries and other helpful resources.
All at no charge.

The “Classic” Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible(PDF)
The Traditional, Original, English Language Catholic Bible .

The Venerable Haydock Bible Commentary (PDF)
Because the Plain Text of the Bible Does Not Always Mean
What People Might Think it Means
.

The Ignatius Study Bible and Commentary (PDF)
A More Modern “Take” On the Holy Spirit Inspired,
Written Word of God
.

The Catholic Bible Dictionary (PDF)
A Comprehensive Guide To All Those Strange,
Biblical Places, Names and Terms.

The CIS Faith Formation Course (Interactive)
by The Knights of Columbus – On the Web
A comprehensive, interactive, free of charge, Catholic course
utilizing condensed study lessons and test-taking, resulting in
an overall achievement score and printed, course completion certificate.

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Both sides are in on widespread voter fraud. Here’s how their system works:

If you do not embrace, with both arms, that Leftists and RINOs use a multi-faceted, 40 years-in-the-making, industrial-scale voter fraud system, centering on voter roll tampering and manipulation, aided by elected officials, NGOs, protected by the mainstream press and conservative controlled opposition, you cannot be part of its remediation.

This week, we have a glaring example of the Republican money-gathering class demonstrating how clueless it is about this reality.

Read the article at Gateway Pundit

Today’s question: Do The Ten Commandments and other Church Laws become null and void if they are not widely followed/observed?

Answer: Not really, because God’s Laws don’t change
and Divine Judgment (immediately after death and also,
at the end of time) remains an absolute certainty.

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Today’s “Gem” from Bob Stanley’s “The Catholic Treasure Chest”:  Perfect examples of the pick and choose mentality of non-Catholic faith communities.

Show me in Scripture?

  1. The word trinity.
  2. The definition of the trinity.
  3. The word incarnation.
  4. The Nicene Creed.
  5. The Hypostatic Union.
  6. That Jesus Christ is one person with two natures.
  7. The Holy Spirit is consubstantial with the Father and the Son.
  8. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.
  9. The marriage ceremony.
  10. The Canon of the Old Testament.
  11. The Canon of the New Testament.
  12. Your Bible.

What? You can’t find the answers to these twelve examples in Scripture? But many of the non Catholic ecclesial communities teach these same doctrines. How could they do this if the answers are not to be found in the Bible?


The answer to “From Where Did These Truths Originate?”, is that they all are the product of decisions made by the Catholic Church. They may not be explicit in Holy Scripture, but they certainly are implicit. They are perfect examples of the Holy Spirit teaching all the truth to the Church which Jesus Christ founded.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.”
John 14:15-17


Notice that the Spirit of Truth will FOREVER be with the Church that Jesus founded.

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Today’s question: Why does artwork of the Virgin Mary make her an adult but she was 12 to 14 when she gave birth to Jesus?

Answer: Most of the disciples and apostles knew her as a mature woman, since the Blessed Virgin Mary was over forty years of age when Jesus began his public ministry.

Here’s a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary at three years of age.

And here, when Jesus Christ was conceived in her womb,
by the power of the Holy Spirit. She looks very young.

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The Immaculate Conception

Mary was, from her very beginning, already a proto-tabernacle, already the Ark of the New Covenant, carrying within her what would be consecrated into The Law Incarnate, The High Priest, and The Bread of Life – just like the Old Ark, except perfected and fully fulfilled as God Incarnate. And as we know from the book of Exodus, the Old Ark had to be “perfect”. And thus, the Ark of the New Covenant was TRULY perfect, except this perfection was a perfection that only God Himself could accomplish: the perfection of Mary, full of grace and thus saved from all sin, including Original Sin.

Read more from Ann Barhhardt

BETHLEHEM, “THE HOUSE OF BREAD”:

BIRTHPLACE OF THE BREAD OF LIFE

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be

among the clans of Judah,  from you shall come forth

 for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin

 is from of old,  from ancient days.”

(Micah 5:2)

From “Stations of the Holy Eucharist”

As a Church, we ought to be wary of too many entanglements or partnerships with our increasingly hostile secular government. 

Many strings are attached to the federal and state monies we accept to serve the poor, give tuition assistance, etc. Compromises are increasingly demanded of us.

Sadly, some sectors of the Church (especially certain universities) are caving in to the power and slavery of money and are compromising on same-sex unions and providing contraception (and even abortifacients) to their employees through health care plans.

Large blocks of federal money are currently administered by Catholic charitable organizations. These government entanglements increasingly demand compromises of us and it is only going to get worse.

Beware! We need to shift back to using our own monies to care for the poor.

We need to be willing to say no to funding that comes with the demand to make compromises we cannot make.

Serving the poor is important, but we cannot let even that become an idol. And frankly, if we are using mostly government money, can we really say that we are serving the poor? Are we not, rather, merely administering a government program?

Read more from Msgr. Charles Pope

God can heal disordered LGBT orientations

In sexual sins that deviate from the order of virtue, desire itself is still natural—the natural inclination toward the opposite sex remains intact. Grace and virtue heal by turning this natural desire to what pleases God in a faithful and fruitful marriage and family. 

However, in sexual sins that deviate from the order of nature, like homosexuality, sexual desire has become distorted and unnatural, turned toward the wrong object. Here a deeper healing is needed. However, this is not beyond the power of God’s grace, which is an all-important point.

Two fundamental errors are often adopted in this regard by well-intentioned Catholics. One is to think that persons are sometimes immutably fixed in something that is not natural—namely, that a deep-seated homosexual inclination or “gender dysphoria” is impossible to change or heal. Another error is to think that the virtue of chastity for homosexual persons simply means they cannot engage in sexual acts with the sex to which they are inclined. The first is an error about the power of grace, the second an error about the virtue of chastity. 

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Quotes from Saint Ambrose of Milan

Remember, then, that you received a spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear. Keep safe what you received. God the Father sealed you, Christ the Lord strengthened you and sent the Spirit into your hearts as the pledge of what is to come.

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Juan’s actions brought about the mass evangelization of two continents. John’s actions brought about the mass apostasy from the faith worldwide.

If what Malachi Martin recalls is even remotely correct – and we have truly no reason to believe it isn’t – Papa Roncalli opened an envelope in his apartment in the Vatican, the same quarters Bergoglio refuses to occupy because he is not the Vicar of Christ, and read the contents. The same Blessed Mother who asked Juan Diego to relay a simple request to the bishop had commanded John XXIII to reveal a new message to the world. His words are chilling.

“This is not for our time.”

Read more from Harvey Millican

The Damnable Heresies of Pantheism, Naturalism, and Absolute Rationalism explained

1701 1. No supreme, all wise, and all provident divine Godhead exists, distinct from this world of things, and God is the same as the nature of things and, therefore, liable to changes; and God comes into being in man and in the universe, and all things are God and they have the same substance of God; and God is one and the same as the world, and therefore, also, spirit is one and the same with matter, necessity with liberty, the true with the false, the good with the evil, and the just with the unjust (26).*

1702 2. All action of God upon men and the world must be denied (26).

1703 3. Human reason, with absolutely no regard to God, is the only judge of the true and the false, the good and the evil; it is a law unto itself and is, by its own natural powers, suffcient to provide for the good of individuals and of peoples (26).

1704 4.All truths of religion flow from the natural power of human reason; hence, reason is the chief norm by which man can and should come to a knowledge of all truths of whatever kind (1, 17., 26).

1705 5. Divine revelation is imperfect, and therefore subject to continuous and indefinite progress, which corresponds to the progress of human reason (1 [cf. n. 1636] 26).

1706 6. The faith of Christ is opposed to human reason; and divine revelation is not only of no benefit to, but even harms the perfection of man ( 1 [see n. 1635] 26).

1707 7. The prophecies and miracles described and related in Sacred Scripture are the inventions of poets; and the mysteries of the Christian faith are the culmination of philosophical investigations; and in the books of both Testaments are contained mythical inventions; and Jesus Christ Himself is a mythical fiction (1,26).

Read more: https://www.catholicfidelity.com/apologetics-topics/suorces-of-catholic-dogma/sources-of-catholic-dogma-1700-1800/

USCCB’s hoped for, Eucharistic revival: The first thing to do.

By Doug Lawrence

At our parish, back in the “old days”, when going up for Holy Communion, we relied on “the scramble system”.

If you were properly disposed to receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, if prescribed fasting had been observed, if you had been absolved of all mortal sins, if you held no grudges and all remaining venial sins had been suitably dealt with, via the application of holy water, as you entered the church, then at the proper time, you made your way out of the pew, went up, kneeled down at the communion rail and received on the tongue, from the consecrated hands of a real, live priest who was endlessly reciting the Eucharistic prayer, suitably attended by an altar boy wielding a golden paten, in order to catch any errant fragments of the host, or (Heaven forbid) the host itself, should some rare mishap ever occur.

Even the shape of the host was specially chosen, so as to minimize fragmentation of the Bread from Heaven: Round, with NO corners to break off or snag. It was a very specialized, ingenious type of divine, fast food, with perfect portion control, delivered directly onto the tongue by the priest, for secure, efficient, reverent distribution, from start to finish.

Nobody did it better than the Catholic Church and all Catholics knew that we personally experienced and received The Real Presence of Jesus Christ – not just a symbolic cookie!

Afterwards, back at the pew, it was customary to kneel, while covering your face with your hands, so as to shut out the rest of the world, as you spent some precious, one on one time, fervently adoring our Eucharistic Lord.

The Real Presence remains until the host has been digested in the stomach, so as to be no longer recognizable – around fifteen to thirty “Golden Minutes”.

There was no semi-forced, pew by pew, filing out and up, row by row, only to receive from the unconsecrated hands of a lay person, like some Protestant!

The scant numbers of today’s Catholics who actually receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, correlated with the clear, moral decline and otherwise bad behavior of many Catholics, compared with the huge number of Catholics routinely filing up for communion on Sunday, is totally out of whack and simply, scandalous.

Much the same can be said of the sacrilegious teachings and practices of the Pope and his top clerics.

So, bishops – if you want a real Eucharistic Revival – first, revive all the old Eucharistic practices and related catechesis. Get rid of Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers. Reinstall the old altar rails. Restore kneeling, receiving on the tongue … the whole shebang … for all who are properly disposed and prepared to receive.

You known the drill!

Or perhaps, you don’t.

Abandonment – Absolute Surrender To Divine Providence

First principle: Nothing is done, nothing happens, either in the material or in the moral world, which God has not foreseen from all eternity, and which He has not willed, or at least permitted.


Second principle: God can will nothing, He can permit nothing, but in view of the end He proposed to Himself in creating the world ; i.e., in view of His glory and the glory of the Man­God, Jesus Christ, His only Son.

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A brief (but very significant) passage from Denzinger’s “The Sources of Catholic Dogma” – on sin

1301 11. Everything which is not in accordance with supernatural Christian faith, which works through charity, is a sin.

The Sources of Catholic Dogma by Denzinger (PDF)

Something has gone seriously wrong within the hierarchy of the Church.

The mass apostasy that we are seeing today within the ranks of the Church’s highest members, however, has not been the work of a single day or of a single year. In this regard, a few facts will help put the present situation in perspective.

Read all about it

Bishop Schneider: …the clergy, starting with the Pope and ending with the bishops, are to blame for the current misery.

“We have appointed impossible men to high ecclesiastical positions with compromises, who have devastated the vineyard and left the faithful to the wolves.”

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Download the old Roman Catechism a.k.a. The Catechism of the Council of Trent

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Twitter may have gone from a Biden campaign ally to a surrogate for state censorship.

That is precisely what Musk is now alleging. As the documents were being released, he tweeted, “Twitter acting by itself to suppress free speech is not a 1st amendment violation, but acting under orders from the government to suppress free speech, with no judicial review, is.”

The incoming Republican House majority has pledged to investigate — and Musk has made that process far easier by making good on his pledge of full transparency.

Read more from The Hill

Satan is both cunning and shameless

Seen at The American Catholic

Today’s “Gem” from Bob Stanley’s “The Catholic Treasure Chest”: The Power of Holy Water.

From the Autobiography of Saint Teresa of Avila, Chapter 31, 1562 A.D…

“From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again.

They also flee from the Cross, but return; so holy water must have great virtue.

For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact, it is quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole soul.

This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once. It has happened again and again and I have observed it most attentively. It is let us say, as if someone very hot and thirsty were to drink from a jug of cold water: he would feel the refreshment throughout his body.

I often reflect on the great importance of everything ordained by the Church and it makes me very happy to find that those words of the Church are so powerful that they impart their power to the water and make it so very different from water which has not been blessed.

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