PalmPilot E-Texts for Catholics

This is a collection of electronic books that may be of interest to Catholics. These e-texts are for users of Palm, Visor and other PalmOS handhelds, as they are great reading devices. Most files here are in Doc format, and require a reader such as AportisDoc, iSilo, QED or TealDoc on the Palm. To view these files on a PC, you may want to try my Doc Reader for Java. These Doc files have built-in bookmarks, and paragraphs should wrap neatly. Some files are in iSilo format to take advantage of the iSilo program's special features. I have included other links for your convenience: click on the HTML link to view in your browser, buy to get a printed version etc. Apart from the Doc and iSilo files, most other links point to offsite content maintained by others, and I take no responsibility for their content. Note: I am not selling books.

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Latest: Lord of the World by R. H. Benson


The Confessions of St Augustine, by St Augustine of Hippo, 400
    The saint's spiritual autobiography, plus his reflections on creation in Genesis.
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis, 1418
    This work of spiritual devotion may be the second most widely read book in the world after the Bible. Its four sections cover the life of the soul, the interior life, internal consolation and the Eucharist.
Treatise on Purgatory, by St Catherine of Genoa, 1447-1510
    The saint's reflections on purgatory.
The Way of Perfection, by St Teresa of Avila, 1565-66
    Written to deal with the life of prayer, this is a classic work on contemplative prayer. It has an extended commentary on the Our Father.
Pensées, by Blaise Pascal, 1660
    This apologetics classic from the renowned mathematician and philosopher contains the original formulation of Pascal's Wager.
The Mystical Rose, by John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1801-1890
    A collection of Newman's writings on the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a book both for study and devotion. The editor of this book is unknown.
Story of a Soul, by St. Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897
    The autobiography of the "Little Flower", completed shortly before her death.
Lord of the World, by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, 1907
    This futuristic novel of the Apocalypse has been compared to Huxley's Brave New World and Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. It predicted the rise of Communism, secular humanism, pantheism, widespread euthanasia and convenient air travel.
Heretics, by G. K. Chesterton, 1905
    With wit and humor, Chesterton critiques the philosophies of his contemporaries and friends. Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells are among those reviewed.
Orthodoxy, by G. K. Chesterton, 1908.
    Challenged to offer his own philosophy, Chesterton follows up on Heretics by describing his conversion from agnosticism to Christianity. Trying to find his own heresy, he ended up rediscovering Christian orthodoxy.
The Innocence of Father Brown, by G. K. Chesterton, 1911
    Detective stories starring Chesterton's philosophical priest-detective.
The Wisdom of Father Brown, by G. K. Chesterton, 1914
    More detective stories starring Chesterton's philosophical priest-detective.
The Everlasting Man, by G. K. Chesterton, 1925
    Written in response to the evolutionary materialism of his day, this view of world history as informed by the Incarnation may be Chesterton's greatest work.
St. Thomas Aquinas, by G. K. Chesterton, 1933.
    This is Chesterton's acclaimed "popular sketch" of the Angelic Doctor and his philosophy.
The Spirit of Catholicism, by Karl Adam, 1924
    A consideration of the fundamental concepts of the faith. This is one of the finest introductions to Catholicism written in the 20th century.
Survivals and New Arrivals, by Hilaire Belloc, 1929.
    Belloc surveys intellectual threats to the Catholic Church: past, present and future. He shows how each threat would thrive for a while, then fizzle out.
The Great Heresies, by Hilaire Belloc, 1939
    Belloc analyzes five great heresies that the Catholic Church has faced or is facing.
Life Everlasting, by Fr. R. Garrigou-Lagrange, 1952
    A theological treatise for lay people on the 4 Last Things: death, judgement, heaven and hell.
Humanae Vitae (On Human Life), by Pope Paul VI, July 25, 1968.
    Encyclical on the regulation of birth and contraception. Doc version includes Archbishop Chaput's pastoral letter on the 30th anniversary of this encyclical.
Pius XII and the Holocaust, by the Catholic League, 1988.
    A defense of this heroic Pope's efforts during World War II.
The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, 1994
    Evaluates various interpretative methods, examines certain questions of a hermeneutical nature, reflects on characteristics of Catholic interpretation and its place in the life of the church.
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), by Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1995.
    Encyclical on the sanctity of human life. Deals with issues such as abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment.
Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason), by Pope John Paul II, October 15, 1998.
    Encyclical on the relationship between faith and reason, and a defense of human reason.
Scriptural Cheat Sheet, by me, December 5, 1999
    A collection of Bible citations for Catholics who want to explain or defend their faith from scripture. The iSilo and augmented HTML versions contain the Bible passages cited, as well as hyperlinks between citations and text.

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Christopher Wong
Last modified: Sun Mar 20 16:08:10 EST 2005