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Along with A guide to composing Sermons, Sermons on the Annunciation
$29.00  Inc Tax
For the solace of the poor souls in Purgatory
$26.00  Inc Tax
The Art of Dying Well
(or, How to be a Saint, Now and Forever)
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Picture Book of Saints #05
Picture Book of Saints #05
by Fr Lawrence G. Lovasik

St. Joseph Picture Book Series, Part 5 of 12 books on the "Super-Heroes of God"--commonly known as Saints--by beloved author Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D. introduces Catholic children to 15 of the most well-known Saints. Among the features of this book are:

  • a full-color illustration of each Saint
  • short, easy-to-understand lives of the Saints that offer a window on what made them so special in the eyes of God
  • the feast day for each Saint in accordance with the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church

Saints included in this edition are:

St. Basil the GreatSt. Anthony the AbbotSt. Isidore of SevilleSt. Vincent Ferrer
St. Gemma GalganiSt. Philip NeriSt. Camillus de LellisSt. Christopher
St. Ignatius of LoyolaSt. John EudesSt. Gregory the GreatSt. Robert Bellarmine
St. Paul of the CrossSt. Leo the GreatSt. Peter Canisius

Paperback, size 7" x 5", 32 pages
$4.00  Inc Tax
The 35 Doctors of the Church
The 35 Doctors of the Church
by Fr. Christopher Rengers OFMCap, Matthew E. Bunson, PhD

The 35 Doctors of the Church presents the most comprehensive and fascinating collection available anywhere on the lives and labors of the saints who have been declared the Church’s Doctors.

From St. Athanasius (c. 297–373) to St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873–1897), you’ll find the amazing stories of 35 extraordinary men and women who are honored both for their holiness and for the eminence of their teachings about the Faith.

Their work and witness are truly timeless; their lives and wisdom show us how to be holy in our own lives, how to confront the challenges of today, and how to proclaim the Gospel to a modern world hungering for Jesus Christ.

St AthanasiusSt EphremSt Cyril of JerusalemSt Hilary of PoitiersSt Gregory NazianzenSt Basil the Great
St Ambrose of MilanSt JeromeSt John ChrysostomSt Augustine of HippoSt Cyril of AlexandriaPope St Leo the Great
St Peter ChrysologusPope St Gregory the GreatSt Isidore of SevilleSt Bede the VenerableSt John DamasceneSt Peter Damian
St AnselmSt Bernard of ClairvauxSt Hildegard of BingenSt Anthony of PaduaSt Albert the GreatSt Bonaventure
St Thomas AquinasSt Catherine of SienaSt John of AvilaSt Teresa of AvilaSt Peter CanisiusSt Robert Bellarmine
St John of the CrossSt Lawrence of BrindisiSt Francis de SalesSt Alphonsus LiguoriSt Therese of Lisieux

Originally published as The 33 Doctors of the Church by Fr. Christopher Rengers, O.F.M.Cap., the 35 Doctors of the Church has been updated by Matthew E. Bunson, PhD, to include two new chapters about recently proclaimed Doctors, St. John of Ávila and St. Hildegard of Bingen. The revised edition also includes a new introduction with a detailed explanation of how the Church proclaims Doctors and their meaning for today. 

Paperback, size 9" x 6", 730 pages
$70.00  Inc Tax
My Daily Visit with the Saints
My Daily Visit with the Saints
by Charles Kenny

My Daily Visit with the Saints is a compilation of meditations from the writings of saints and servants of God.

These holy men and women — over 65 contributors! — wrote from the time of the Apostles to the late 1800s during times before political correctness had taken root. Their words are boldly faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and are sure to guide you in her ways. In fact, these meditations cover 139 vital topics ranging from anger to mortal sin to death and much more. In strong, clear voices the saints left us these prayerful meditations, sure protection against sudden temptations, and lucid answers to sharp questions about the Faith. In a word, this one rich volume will serve you as a deep catechism, a spur to conscience, and a call to prayer.

How often do you find time to read the saints' writings? My Daily Visit with the Saints makes it easy to stay close to the holy men and women who have gone before you. Let your daily visit with God's faithful servants breathe into you a strong new spirit of piety and devotion, and bring you the everlasting consolation known only to those who stay close to Jesus in all that they do.

Concise meditations by saints and servants of God on each of the following topics:

Abstinence * Ambition * Anger * The Annunciation * The Ascension * The Assumption * Atheism * Avarice * Baptism * Blasphemy * The Catholic Church * Chastity * The Commandments * Communion * Confession * Confidence in God * Conscience * Dangers of the world * Death * Discord * Envy * The Epiphany * The Eucharist * Fashion * Fasting * Fear of God * Flattery * Friendship * Gambling * Good works * Grace * Habitual Sin * Hardness of Heart * Heaven * Hell * The Hidden life of Jesus * Holiness * The Holy Name of Jesus * The Holy Name of Mary * The Holy Rosary * The Holy Spirit * The Holy Trinity * Human Respect * Humility * Hypocrisy * Idleness * Ignorance * The Immaculate Conception * The Incarnation * The Infancy of Jesus * Intemperance * Jealousy * The Last Judgment * The Law of God * Love of Enemies * Love of God * Love of Neighbor * Lying and Trickery * Marriage * Meditation * Meekness * Mental Prayer * The Mercy of God * Mortal Sin * Obedience * Occasions of Sin * The Particular Judgment * The Passion of Our Lord * Passions * Peace of Soul * Penance * Perseverance * Piety * Poverty * Prayer * Predestination * The Presence of God * The Prosperity of the Wicked * Providence * Prudence * Purgatory * Purity * Rash Judgments * The Resurrection * Retreats * Riches * The Risen Jesus * Salvation * Scandals * Self-love * The Service of God * Slander * Temptations * Theft * The Transfiguration * Venial Sin * The Virgin Mary * The Visitation * Vocation * The Will of God * The Wounds of Jesus * plus many more!

Contributing saints and servants of God include:

St. Aelred (1110-1167) • St. Ambrose (340-397) • St. Astère (d. c. 400) • St. Athanasius (c. 296-373) • St. Augustine (354-430) • St. Basil (c. 329-379) • St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) • St. Bernard (1091-1153) • Fr. William Berthier, S.J. (1704-1782) • Card. Pierre de Bérulle (1575-1629) • Fr. Jacques Biroat (d. 1666) • St. Bonaventure (1221-1274) • Bp. Jacques Bossuet (1627-1704) • Fr. Henri-Marie Boudon (b. 1624) • Fr. Louis Bourdaloue (1632-1704) • Fr. Étienne de Bretteville (1630-1688) • Abp. Bartholmew de Carranza (d. 1576) • Fr. Matthieu de Castillo, O.P. (1664-1720) • St. John Chrysostom (c. 349-407) • St. Claude de la Colombière (1641-1682) • Fr. Francis Cordier (d. 1695) • Fr. Jean Crasset (1618-1692) • Fr. Croiset, S.J. (b. c. 1650) • St. Cyprian (c. 200-258) • Bl. Peter Damian (988-1073) • Fr. Nicolas de Dijon (d. 1696) • Fr. Piere de la Font (d. c. 1700) • Ven. Louis de Grenada (1505-1588) • St. Edmund (d. 1242) • St. Ephrem (d. c. 379) • Fr. Frederick Faber (1814-1863) • Abp. Franςois Fénelon (1651-1715) • Bp. Esprit Fléchier (1632-1710) • Bp. Jean de Fromentière (1652-1684) • Fr. John Garnier, S.J. (1612-1684) • Fr. Jaques Giroust (1624-1689) • St. Gregory (c. 540-604) • St. Gregory of Nazianzen (329-390) • Fr. Vincent Houdry, S.J. (1630-1729) • Fr. Laurent du Jarry (1658-1730) • St. Jerome (c. 347-420) • St. John of God (1495-1550) • Fr. Jean LeJeune (1592-1672) • St. Leo (d. 461) • Bp. Jules Mascaron (1634-1705) • Fr. Jean Massillon (1663-1742) • St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) • Fr. Jean de Nieremberg, S.J. (1590-1658) • Fr. F. Nepveu, S.J. (1639-1708) • Fr. Nouet, S.J. (1605-1680) • Fr. Armand de Rancé (1626-1700) • Fr. Alphonse Rodriguez, S.J. (1526-1616) • Fr. Charles de la Rue (1643-1725) • St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) • Fr. Paul Segneri, S.J. (1624-1694) • BL. Charles Spinola (1564-1622) • Fr. Claude Texier, S.J. (1610-1687) • Fr. Luke Vaubert, S.J. (1644-1716) • Fr. Louis Le Valois (1639-1700) • Fr. Antoine Verjus, S.J. (1652-1706) • and many more!

Paperback, size 8.5" x 5.5", 469 pages
The Autobiography of St. Robert Bellarmine

Bellarmine never set out to compose any writings, but always did so out of obedience. He wrote his autobiography for 2 of his brother Jesuits out of courtesy for their request to have an account of his life. Though he never intended it for any eyes but theirs, it was discovered and published in the 18th century, and became a great success. It is a brief and simple account of the life and travails of a great soul that loved Jesus Christ above all things.

Also included are St Robert Bellarmine’s Guide to Composing Sermons and evidence of this in action, his Sermons on the Annunciation given in Italy. These sermons explore the depths of the mysteries contained in the Annunciation made by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin, which were preached in Italy while he was a Cardinal in Rome. These explore subjects as diverse as Greek and Hebrew etymology, Angelology, Mariology and the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in Christ. The publishers have also added pictures of the places and people St. Robert mentions when relating his life.

Along with A guide to composing Sermons, Sermons on the Annunciation
$29.00  Inc Tax
All Souls' Forget-me-not! (paperback)

All Souls' Forget-Me-Not!
by Rev Louis Gemminger

The All Souls’ Forget-me-not is the book for all those devoted to the souls in Purgatory. “Why,” the author asks, “does this little prayer-book take its name from the simple flower, the Forget-me-not? Why do they remind one of those poor, forgotten and often neglected souls? The forget-me-not grows in marshy places, by the banks of rivers and streams. And is not Purgatory a dismal swamp wherein the tears of sorrow and desire are ever flowing? Who can count the myriads of souls lingering and suffering in Purgatory, since nothing with the smallest spot of impurity can enter heaven?

“Our faith tells us we can help these poor souls; the Church permits us to pray for them; our own heart tells us that we should and must contribute to their aid in every way that we can. On these grounds, therefore, we venture to publish this little prayer-book, which under the title ‘The Forget-me-not of the Souls in Purgatory,’ admonishes the living not to forget the dead.”

The All Souls’ Forget-me-not places at the disposal of all prayers and devotions sufficient to make offerings and reparations for the sake of the holy souls. It contains several different methods of assisting at Mass, as well as the Rosary, drawn up with special meditations for the faithful departed, stations of the Cross, numerous prayers and meditations for the saints, a small treatise on Purgatory which is largely drawn from St. Robert Bellarmine’s work, and the entirety of the Office and Mass for the dead according to the Traditional rites of the Church. This book is ideal for anyone that has participated in or joined a Purgatorial Society.

If you are devoted to the soul’s in purgatory and wish to win as many soul’s for Christ as one can, this book gives a practical means for which you can pour out your devotion into the Sacred Heart for souls.

Paperback, 333 pages

Also available in Hardback (with dust jacket) on request (additional cost)

For the solace of the poor souls in Purgatory
$26.00  Inc Tax
On the Marks of the Church (paperback)
On the Marks of the Church
by St. Robert Bellarmine

St. Robert Bellarmine was not only the most prolific apologist of the 17th century, but of all time! Yet the loss of Latinity has relegated his valuable work to obscurity. Here at Mediatrix Press, we have proposed to change that.

Therefore, we have produced the first ever translation of St. Robert’s “On the Marks of the Church” into English, translated by Ryan Grant, the translator of the Canisius Catechism. In this valuable work, Bellarmine lays out no less than 15 Marks of the true Church, which are all developed from the 4 given by the Creed of the Council of Constantinople (second half of what we call the Nicene Creed). Bellarmine contrasts these marks with the marks posed by Protestant teaching, so as to show where the true Church really is. It is a short read, at 135 pages, but is beautiful and hard hitting on every point. A segment describing some miracles and anti-miracles at the end is especially enjoyable.

Paperback, 132 pages

Also available in Harback with dust jacket on request (additional cost)

By Fr Alfonso de Castro, O.F.M. Against All Heresies is an extremely valuable Catholic resource that summarizes the body of heretical thought leading up to the 1600’s and refutes it in alphabetical order with a categorical index. It was used by St. Robert Bellarmine in his writings and was printed over twenty times between 1534 and 1568. This is a timeless defense of the Catholic faith. Heresies surrounding these topics are explained and refuted: • Absolution, Adultery, Angels, Apostles, • Baptism, Beatitudes, Blessings Burials, • Christ, Church, Circumcision, Cross • Devil, Earth, Eucharist, Excommunication, Exorcism, • Faith, Fasting, Fate, Fear of God, Future Contingent • God, Gospel, Grace, Hell, Hope, Idolatry, Indulgences, • Judas, Judgment, Just Men, Killing, Kingdom of God • Language, Law, Liberty, Lies, Marriage, Martyrdom, Melchisedech • Mendicancy, Merit, Miracles, Monastic Life, Oaths • Obedience, Penance, Pope, Poverty Power, Prayer, Preaching • Predestination, Priesthood, Purgatory, Relics, Resurrection, Sacraments • Sacred Scripture, Saints, Shame, Silence, Simony, Sin, • Temptation, Tithes, Tyrants, Usury, Virginity, Virgin Mary, Vows, War and more. As the heresies of the modern day multiply and grow it is necessary to own a manual that summarizes, explains and refutes as many historical heresies as possible so that we might recognize and avoid them and their heretical descendants in the future. Hardbound, size 6.5 x 9.25, 1130 pages
The Art of Dying Well
The Art of Dying Well
The Art of Dying Well
by St. Robert Bellarmine

Rather than turning away from death, great saints such as Robert Bellarmine, the author of this book, use it as a lens through which to view life from the right perspective — God's perspective.

Seen this way, death becomes for them — and can become for you — a source of spiritual liberation rather than a reason for fear, enabling you to love the world as it ought to be loved and to answer your final summons with joy.

St. Robert Bellarmine makes it simple for you. He explains sixteen things you can do to put your life in order now, so you'll start living better today and be prepared for death whenever it comes, be it tomorrow or years from now. Not only will these sixteen insightful measures free you from fear; they'll invigorate your spiritual life and bring into all aspects of your life the consoling peace of Christ.
Let St. Robert Bellarmine — the brilliant Doctor of the Church who influenced the writing of the Declaration of Independence and other American founding documents — introduce you to the art of dying well. You'll discover:
• Why learning these principles is more important than anything else you can do today
• How to die to the world while living in it — without losing the truly good things in life
• Fasting: how this spiritual discipline can determine your soul's destiny
• The secret spoiler of prayers and good works: has it crept into your heart?
• Why now is the time to prepare for death — whether you're young or in your twilight years
• And much more to help you learn to live well now and to die holy when God calls you!

Paperback, 144 pages
(or, How to be a Saint, Now and Forever)
Out of Stock
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Papal Error?
Papal Error?
by St. Robert Bellarmine

St. Robert Bellarmine again takes up his pen to defend Popes who historically were said to have erred in faith.

This little work is an excerpt from Bellarmine’s larger treatise On the Roman Pontiff, book 4, which follows after the assertion of what was already universally taught at that time, but not completely understood nor decreed by the Church’s solemn magisterium, that the Pope was infallible in his teaching on faith and morals when teaching the whole Church. These chapters then, being 8-14 of that work, follow to test and prove this claim historically, wherein he posits exculpatory evidence against claims that 40 Popes had grievously erred in matters of faith.

Much as with the doctrine of Papal infallibility itself, St. Robert Bellarmine does not endeavor to show the impeccability of Popes, rather that in matters of faith, where the Popes are actually authoritative, they did not err. Some matters treated here are the objection of certain Protestants, while others are even of Catholics who are confused on the decrees or behavior of certain Popes.

These chapters were used as a blueprint at Vatican I by the fathers of that Council to further scrutinize these cases and be sure of the limits and nature of papal authority.

Bellarmine thus lays out four basic propositions; Two of these Catholics must believe with divine faith per the subsequent decree of Vatican I (which was no less incumbent upon the believer in Bellarmine’s time, though then it were the universal teaching of all theologians), namely that the Pope is infallible when judging matters of Faith and Morals and defining these as matters that must be believed by all the faithful. This particular distinction is important, for the Pope, outside of this very narrow category, does not enjoy infallibility, thus in private letters, private teaching, their acts, behavior, etc., Popes can give scandal, they can give opinions that are in fact false, but they cannot teach the whole Church and bind it to believe error.

To quote Bellarmine himself: “For to this point no Pope has been a heretic, or certainly it cannot be proven that any of them were heretics; therefore it is a sign that such a thing cannot be.” (On the Roman Pontiff, book 4, ch. 6.)

In this treatise Bellarmine endeavors to show that this is the case.

Paperback, 112 pages

The Life of St. Francis
The Life of St. Francis
By Candide Chalippe, OFM

The Life of St. Francis, by the French Franciscan Candide Chalippe (circa 1727) is now back in print, unabridged, with footnotes and pictures!

This is one of the best books we have read in English, not just with respect to St. Francis, but spiritually, theologically and historically it is an awesome work. In spite of all the miracles it relates, it also humanizes St. Francis in many ways, by depicting the outstanding virtues he practiced, humility, sacrifice, mortification and charity. There is a reason why St. Francis is one of the greatest Saints in the history of the Church. You won’t regret this!

St. Francis de Sales said, that while many saints should be imitated, some of the saints are to be admired more than imitated. The life of St. Francis gives us some of both. On the one hand, his extraordinary love of God, his humility, his penance, his charity, his prudence and his detachment from and loathing for the world, are all virtues that every Christian should seek to emulate throughout his life. On the other hand, his discernment of spirits, his miracles, his extraordinary fasting and mortification of his body, his ecstasies and the stigmata are all things God performed in St. Francis for our wonderment, to give glory to Him for what He brought about in his servant. We have provided a spiritual classic, Fr. Candide Challipe’s Life of St. Francis, translated by the Oratorians of London into English. The value of Challipe’s narrative, having compiled all of the sources available at the time of his writing (1700’s) is that he balances the narrative between the two different elements which made Francis one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church.

Challipe’s work is not only a spiritual tour de force, but is also a great work of theology, as he unfolds the life of St. Francis with respect to the subsequent theology of the Church through St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas, The Council of Trent and St. Robert Bellarmine. He quotes frequently not only from the Franciscan sources, but also from the Holy Scripture, the Fathers, and the great Theologians of the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

Paperback, 466 pages

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