Retreat, Great Lent, and Contemplative Material

Retreat, Great Lent, and Contemplative Material

EAT GOD or DIE An examination of The Eucharist, Passover Seder, and Last Supper. EatGodOrDie.PDF is ready for printing on letter size paper, four pages per sheet of paper. EatGodOrDie_S.PDF is for reading on computers. Total seventy-six pages (19 sheets of letter size paper printed front and back). Also available in File Area 11, file name EatGodOrDie.ZIP containing files EatGodOrDie.PUB (Microsoft Publisher), EatGodOrDie.PDF, EatGodOrDie_S.PDF, and FILE_ID.DIZ.


FORGIVENESS Atonement and Reparation; an examination of the essential elements and differeing approaches. FORGIVENESS.PDF is ready for printing on letter size paper, four pages per sheet of paper. FORGIVENESS_S.PDF is for reading on computers. Also available in File Area 11, file name FORGIVENESS.ZIP containing files FORGIVENESS.PUB / FORGIVENESS.PDF / FORGIVENESS_S.PDF and FILE_ID.DIZ.


FRIENDSHIP The Friendship which God seeks to establish with each of us. The title "says it all" but you may be surprised at what is said. FRIENDSHIP.PDF is ready for printing on letter size paper, four pages per sheet of paper. FRIENDSHIP_S.PDF is for reading on computers. Total 32 pages. Also available in File Area 11, file name FRIENDSHIP.ZIP containing files FRIENDSHIP.PUB (Microsoft Publisher), FRIENDSHIP.PDF, FRIENDSHIP_S.PDF, and FILE_ID.DIZ.


STRAW MEN An Exposition of Some of the Misleading Tactics of Atheist, Their Use of the Straw Man, and Some Methods by Which They May Be Countered STRAW_MEN.PDF is ready for printing on letter size paper, four pages per sheet of paper. STRAW_MEN_S.PDF is for reading on computers. Total sixty pages (15 sheets of letter size paper printed front and back).
Also available in File Area 11, file name STRAW_MEN.ZIP containing files: STRAW_MEN.PUB, STRAW_MEN.PDF, STRAW_MEN_S.PDF, STRAW_MEN.TXT, FILE_ID.DIZ
CONTENTS: The Modern Day, Studied, Systematic, Attack Against the Truth [1] page 5; Straw Men Versus Truth [2] page 12; Not Only Does Faith Not Blind One to Truth, it Is Faith Which Enables One to Perceive Truth [3] page 19; Atheistic Use of Humor to Undermine Christian Values and Practices [4] page 35; How to Change the World for the Better [5] page 39; Go and Teach the Gospel, Being Sure You First Know it and Attempt to Live it [6] page 46; What Can I Do? [7] page 50; Participate in the Supreme Divinity Through Every Day Activities [8] page 56



The Shepherd of Hermas . . . ShepherdOfHermas.pdf booklet ready for printing on letter size paper, four pages per sheet of paper. ShepherdOfHermas_S.pdf is for reading on computers.

The Shepherd of Hermas, often simply named or cited as The Shepherd, and sometimes referred to as The Good Shepherd, is a Christian work of the First or Second Century. While usually not considered as part of the New Testament, it was considered by some of the Early Church Fathers to be canonical. It was often bound with the New Testament. In the Codex Sinaiticus (one of the best ancient Greek texts of the New Testament, existing copies include a portion of The Shepherd, and of the Old Testament) it is between The Acts of the Apostles, and The Acts of Paul.

Even those who did not consider it to be canonical recommended it as a teaching work, especially to catechumens; something to be read even aloud in Church, but not to be used as an authority as to the Faith

Origen believed the author was the Hermas mentioned by St. Paul, at Romans 16:14.

After the Middle Ages it fell into disuse, but continued to be published in some editions of The Bible, often being found in the Douay - Rheims English Translation as late as the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries (those really big Bibles).

The Shepherd, relates five visions, containing several mandates, and several parables. It uses allegory, and calls attention to the sins of the faithful which have harmed the Church, calling on the faithful to repent of their sins thereby healing the Church (and themselves).

The general theme is the holy are a part of the Church. All who have been baptized are included, though they may be cast out for grave sins, and can be readmitted only after penance.

The whole book is concerned with the Christian virtues and their exercise. It is a moral (some would say, ethical), but not a theological, work. The intention is above all to preach repentance. The opportunity for restoration to holiness after fall in sin is given to Christians. This opportunity is presented as something new, which had never been clearly published before. The writer is pained by the sins of the faithful and is sincerely anxious for their conversion and return to good works. Other than the state of holiness achieved in baptism, its loss by grievous sin, the availability to be restored to holiness through repentance, and the harm sin does to the Church, the work intentionally avoids presenting or commenting on dogma.

Also available in File Area 11, file name HERMAS.ZIP



Father Edgar Bernard, S. J., Memory Eternal, was a very holy Priest.

The file, FrEdgarBernard.PDF/_S.PDF, is a booklet on his life. FrEdgarBernard.PDF is in booklet format arranged for printing four pages on one letter size sheet of paper. FrEdgarBernard_S.PDF is formatted for viewing on a computer.

The file, RetreatBernard.PDF / _S.PDF is one of the booklets he gave to people who had been on retreat. RetreatBernard.PDF is in booklet format arranged for printing four pages on one letter size sheet of paper. RetreatBernard_S.PDF is formatted for viewing on a computer.

The originals are very small booklets with small print, in the style of such publications at the turn of the Nineteenth Century, and difficult to read. They were scanned, saved in JPG, enlarged, and printed in PDF, and therefore are very large files. The above with the JPG files are compressed in file name FR_BERNARD.ZIP in File Area 11. It is a very large file.




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