[painting of Saint Margaret]

SJS eBooks

Online and downloadable books on the saints, religion, history, art and other matters. Compiled HTML will work on any PC with Microsoft Internet Explorer installed, and is good for desktops and notebooks. Reader, MobiPocket and eReader versions also work fine on PCs, but are especially designed for PDAs and Pocket PCs.
* Patron Saints Index
My ongoing collection of brief profiles of the saints. Offline version of this web site for use on computers or networks without Internet access. Also check the new PDA versions of saint profiles for each day of the month.
+ Compiled HTML Version

* Gratissimam sane
Pope John Paul II's 1994 encyclical Gratissimam sane - Letter to Families.
+ Online Version
+ Microsoft Reader Version
+ MobiPocket Version
+ eReader Version
+ Compiled HTML Version

* Deus Caritas Est
Pope Benedict XVI's 2006 encyclical Deus Caritas Est - On Christian Love.
+ Online Version
+ Microsoft Reader Version
+ MobiPocket Version
+ eReader Version

* Mulieris Dignitatem - On the Dignity of Woman
English translation of the August 1988 Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II on the Dignity And Vocation of Women on the Occasion of the Marian Year.
+ Microsoft Reader version
+ MobiPocket version
+ eReader version
+ Compiled HTML version

* Spe Salvi - On Christian Hope
English translation of the November 2007 Encyclical Letter of Pope Benedict XVI in which he explains the basis and expections of Christian hope.
+ Microsoft Reader version
+ MobiPocket version
+ eReader version

* The Autobiography of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
His autobiography as dictated between 1551 and 1555, in an English translation first published in 1900.
+ HTML version
+ MobiPocket
+ Microsoft Reader
+ a PDF file

* Patrons
A handheld version of the page with all the topics listed on the site, and the names of the saints associated with them. 2244 topics.
+ Microsoft Reader version (140 kb)
+ MobiPocket version - zipped (46 kb)

* The Revelations of Saint Birgitta, Book 1
The first volume of a new translation of the revelations from heaven to Saint Bridget of Sweden.
+ HTML version (377 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (179 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (140 kb)

* The Imitation of Christ
One of the best known devotional guides in the world, this great work by Thomas à Kempis has been a favorite for centuries.
+ HTML version (336 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (254 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (173 kb)
+ iPod Version - zipped (162 kb)

* Summa Theologica
The great work by Saint Thomas Aquinas broken into manageable chunks.

The Nature and Extent of Sacred Doctrine
+ HTML version (36 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (122 kb)
+ MobiPocket version -zipped (33 kb)
+ iPod notes - zipped (16 kb)

The Existence of God
+ HTML version (19 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (117 kb)
+ MobiPocket version -zipped (28 kb)
+ iPod notes - zipped (8 kb)

Of the Simplicity of God
+ HTML version (36 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (148 kb)
+ MobiPocket version -zipped (32 kb)
+ iPod notes - zipped (14 kb)

The Perfection of God
+ HTML version (15 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (148 kb)
+ MobiPocket version -zipped (39 kb)
+ iPod notes - zipped (6 kb)

Of Goodness in General
+ HTML version (26 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (148 kb)
+ MobiPocket version -zipped (29 kb)
+ iPod notes - zipped (11 kb)

The Goodness of God
+ HTML version (15 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (148 kb)
+ MobiPocket version -zipped (26 kb)
+ iPod notes - zipped (6 kb)

* Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love
A short catechism by Saint Augustine of Hippo.
+ HTML version (189 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (143 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (89 kb)
+ iPod Version - zipped (81 kb)

* Protoevangelium
The pseudopigraphal 2nd century work attributed to Saint James the Just. It contains many of the oral traditions handed on about Saint Anne, Saint Joachim, Saint Joseph, and Mary in the years before the Incarnation.
+ Microsoft Reader version (293 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (267 kb)

* Life of Our Most Holy Father Saint Benedict
An early biography of the Founder of Western Monasticism by Pope Saint Gregory the Great.
+ HTML version (93 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader version (99 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (62 kb)

* The Interior Castle
Written by Saint Teresa of Avila in 1577, it explains what she felt should be the ideal faith journey, comparing the contemplative soul to a castle with seven successive interior courts, or chambers, analogous to the seven heavens. Illustrated with images of Saint Teresa, and includes the Catholic Encyclopedia article about her.
+ Microsoft Reader version (286 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (228 kb)

* The Little Book of the Eternal Wisdom
A dialog between a student and wisdom by Blessed Henry Suso.
+ Microsoft Reader version (203 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (104 kb)

* Apologia pro Vita Sua
The classic defence of the religious opinions of Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman, published in 1864 in response to what he saw as an unwarranted attack on Roman Catholic doctrine. Illustrated with images of Venerable John.
+ Microsoft Reader version (396 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (334 kb)

* The Book of Ruth
Text of the Old Testament Book of Jonah as translated in the World English Version. Illustrated. Includes the relevant commentaries from the Catholic Encyclopedia and New Catholic Dictionary.
+ Microsoft Reader version (177 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (105 kb)

* Dominus Iesus
English translation of Dominus Iesus a declaration on the unicity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the Church. Written in 2000 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, today's Pope Benedict XVI.
+ Online HTML Version (86 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (137 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version - zipped (34 kb)
+ iPod Version - zipped (31 kb)

* Life of Saint Frances of Rome
A biography of the 14th century visionary by the 19th century writer and convert Lady Georgiana Fullerton.
+ Online HTML Version (273 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (232 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version - zipped (144 kb)

* Life of Blessed Lucy of Narni
A short biography of the 15th century stigmatist by the 19th century writer and convert Lady Georgiana Fullerton.
+ Online HTML Version (41 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (134 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version - zipped (26 kb)

* The Journey of the Mind into God
By Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio. English translation from the CCEL. Includes the New Catholic Dictionary entry for Saint Bonaventure.
+ Online HTML Version (86 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (82 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version - zipped (39 kb)

* Entries on the Parables
An illustrated collection of twenty-two short New Catholic Dictionary articles about the parables of Jesus.
+ Microsoft Reader Version (172 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version - zipped (93 kb)

* Entries on Scapulars
An illustrated collection of twenty short New Catholic Dictionary articles about the sacramentals known as scapulars.
+ Microsoft Reader Version (157 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (60 kb)

* Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
The text of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church swiped off the Vatican web site. Nothing changed by the format to make it more portable. + HTML Version (339 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (211 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version - zipped (106 kb)

* Saint Dominic and the Order of Preachers
Father J B O'Connor's biography of Saint Domonic de Guzman and the founding the Dominicans. + Microsoft Reader Version (231 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version - zipped (131 kb)

* Saint Thomas Aquinas
Father Placid Conway's illustrated biography of Saint Thomas Aquinas. + Online Version
+ Microsoft Reader Version (202 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version - zipped (110 kb)

* Works by Pope Leo XIII
Superiore Anno: On the Recitation of the Rosary
+ Online Version (10 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (122 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (12 kb)

Arcanum: On Christian Marriage
+ Online Version (55 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (138 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (36 kb)

Quamquam Pluries: On devotion to Saint Joseph
+ Online Version (14 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (123 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (15 kb)

Humanum Genus: On Freemasonry
+ Online Version (50 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (135 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (33 kb)

Mirae Caritatis: On the Holy Eucharist
+ Online Version (40 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (133 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (28 kb)

* Entries on the Sacraments
An collection of eight short New Catholic Dictionary articles about the Sacraments of the Church.
+ Microsoft Reader Version (124 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (13 kb)

* Encyclicals of Pope Saint Pius X
A collection of five encyclicals by Pope Saint Pius X. Included in each zip'd file are: Pascendi Dominici Gregis - On the Doctrine of the Modernists; Acerbo Nimis - On Teaching Christian Doctine; Ad Diem Illum Laetissiumum - On the Immaculate Conception; Une Fois Encore - On the Separation of Church and State; and E Supremi - On the Restoration of All Things in Christ.
+ Microsoft Reader Version -zipped (609 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (144 kb)

* Mense Maio
Pope Paul VI's 1965 encyclical Mense Maio - On Prayers During May for Preservation of Peace.
+ Microsoft Reader Version (125 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (13 kb)

* The Book of Ruth
Text of the Old Testament Book of Ruth as translated in the Catholic Public Domain Version. Illustrated. Includes an extract from the Catholic Encyclopedia article discussing the book.
+ Microsoft Reader version (163 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version -zipped (65 kb)
+ PDF Version (103 kb)

* The Book of Tobit
Text of the Old Testament Book of Tobit as translated in the Catholic Public Domain Version. Illustrated. Includes an extract from the Catholic Encyclopedia article discussing the book.
+ Microsoft Reader version (173 kb)
+ PDF Version (123 kb)

* Letter to Artists
Pope John Paul II's Easter 1999 letter to artists of the world.
+ Microsoft Reader Version (132 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (31 kb)

* Faith and Reason
Pope John Paul II's 1998 Apostolic Exhortation Fides et Ratio or Faith and Reason.
+ Microsoft Reader Version (189 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (129 kb)

* Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum
Pope John Paul II's meditations and prayers on the Way of the Cross, a familiar Lenten devotion, as given on Good Friday, 2000; illustrated.
+ Microsoft Reader Version (278 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (149 kb)

* Meditations on the Stations of the Cross
Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman's 1860 meditations on the Way of the Cross, a familiar Lenten devotion; illustrated.
+ Microsoft Reader Version (282 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (141 kb)

* Marialis Cultus
Pope Paul VI's 1974 encyclical Marialis Cultus - For the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
+ Online Version (120 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (155 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (68 kb)

* Devotions from the Enchiridion of Indulgences
The prayers, litanies and other devotions listed in the authorized English edition of the Enchiridion of Indulgences.
+ Microsoft Reader Version (145 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (43 kb)

* Saint Thomas Aquinas
G K Chesterton's biography of and essay on the life of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Illustrated with holy cards and other images of Saint Thomas.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (323 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (260 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (255 kb)

* Saint Francis
G K Chesterton's biography of and essay on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Illustrated with holy cards, icons and images of Saint Francis.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (301 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (251 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (231 kb)

* Documents on Indulgences
A small collection of documents on the doctrine of Indulgences. Includes articles from the New Catholic Dictionary and Catholic Encyclopedia summarizing the doctine and history, decrees and explanations from the 1968 Enchiridion of Indulgences, and Pope Paul VI's apostolic exhortation Doctrine on Indulgences.
+ Online Version
+ Microsoft Reader Version (153 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (65 kb)

* The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage
by Blessed John Ruysbroeck.
+ Online Version
+ Microsoft Reader Version (200 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (146 kb)

* The Book of Supreme Truth
Blessed John Ruysbroeck's work which aims to "teach the humble who love virtue and truth" and "inwardly vex and darken the false and the proud".
+ Online Version
+ Microsoft Reader Version (133 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (30 kb)

* The Sparking Stone
Blessed John Ruysbroeck's mystical method of how to be a "man who would live in the most perfect state of Holy Church...a good and zealous man".
+ Online Version
+ Microsoft Reader Version (141 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (43 kb)

* Lives of Illustrious Men
An illustrated collection of writings on certain saints, authors, and other illustrious men of the early church. By Saint Jerome, and Gennadius the Presbyter. 235 entries.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (445 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (313 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (363 kb)

* Life of Venerable Sister Margaret Bourgeois
A biography of Saint Margaret Bourgeois written in the late 19th century by a religious sister.
+ Online Version (309 kb)
+ Compiled HTML Version (135 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (228 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (199 kb)

* The Syllabus of Errors
The 1862 compilation of Pope Pius IX's analysis of the theological and philosophical errors of his day. Amazingly topical.
+ Online Version (28 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (126 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (22 kb)

* The Madonna in Art
Estelle M Hurll's 1897 study of the depictions of the Madonna and Child in art. 36 illustrations.
+ Compiled HTML Version (1,624 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (616 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (940 kb)

* Secret of Mary
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort's essay on the fruits and method of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
+ Online Version
+ Microsoft Reader Version (138 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (39 kb)

* Saints in Art
Clara Irskine Clement's 1899 study of saints and religious symbols in art. 34 illustrations.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (1,552 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (676 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (1,156 kb)

* Golden Legend
Blessed Jacobus de Voragine's Lives of the Saints compiled in 1275. 1922 English translation. 250 entries.
+ Online Version

* Steedman on the Saints
A collection of writings on the saints by Amy Steedman. The works are taken from In God's Garden, Our Island's Saints, and Knights of Art. 28 entries.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (647 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (453 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (562 kb)

* Documents of the Council of Trent
Decrees and other Documents of the Council of Trent, 1542 - 1564.
+ Online Version

* Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Mark Twain's novel of an eyewitness to the life, triumph and death of Saint Joan of Arc.
+ Online Version

* The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi
The 1917 study of the stories surrounding Saint Francis. By Father Candide Chalippe, O.F.M.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (614 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (495 kb)
+ Mobipocket Version (658 kb)

* Writings of Saint Catherine of Genoa
L. T. Hecker's 1873 biography of Saint Catherine, and eight (8) of her fourteenth century writings on the spiritual life.
+ Online Version with links
+ Compiled HTML Version (654 kb)

* For Greater Things
The story of Saint Stanislaus Kostka, by Father William T Kane, SJ.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (361 kb)

* Utopia
Saint Thomas More's great commentary on the world through the device of an imagined perfect society.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (136 kb)

* Medieval Lore from Bartholomew Anglicus
John Trevisa's 1397 English translation of the mid-13th century explanation of the allusions to natural objects met with in the Scriptures.
+ Online Version (245 kb)
+ Compiled HTML Version (252 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (194 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (128 kb)

* Patron Saints for Girls
1905 collection of fourteen pious hagiographies of famous female saints; aimed at encouring similar behavior in girls.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (547 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (306 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (252 kb)

* A Voyage to Abyssinia by Father Jerome Lobo
1660 description of Father Jerome's nine year mission, adventures, and observations of Abyssinia. Translated from the original French by Samuel Johnson.
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (96 kb)
+ Microsoft Reader Version (191 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (130 kb)

* Memoir of Father Vincent de Paul, religious of La Trappe
1886 English edition of Father Vincent's memories of his ten years as monk and missionary in Nova Scotia. Translated from the original French by A M Pope
+ Online Version
+ Microsoft Reader Version (142 kb)
+ MobiPocket Version (45 kb)

* Works of G. K. Chesterton
A Miscellany of Men
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (212 kb)
All Things Considered:
+ Online Version
+ Compiled HTML Version (199 kb)
** all the above works in a single collection **
+ Compiled HTML Version (453 kb)

* Goffine's Devout Instructions partial
+ Online Version

* New Catholic Dictionary partial
+ Online Version


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