Saturday, 15 December 2018

2019 Wall Calendar

2019 Wall Calendar: The Divine Child

This year's calendar, featuring a unique series of charming pictures of Child Jesus and the Saints, is sure to inspire devotion each month of the year.
What a wonderful way to fulfil Our Lord's desire that we should honour His infancy. "The more you honour Me, the more I will bless you."
Amongst the rare and beautiful prints you will find The Child Jesus and the Passion and The Holy Family and St. John the Baptist Subduing the Devil, as well as a whole series of saints known for their devotion to the Christ Child.
  • Follows the pre-1955 rubrics and calendar.
  • Includes all feasts, fasts and observances.
  • Includes many optional feasts or devotional feasts not on the general calendar.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

New Scapular in stock!

Hand-crafted by Traditional nuns this large-size Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (the brown scapular) is a wonderful limited edition product measuring 4" x 5". The cord length measures 16". It's made entirely from pure woven and shrunken English Melton Wool, with added pictures (the pictures vary).

In the year 1251, in the town of Aylesford in England, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite. She handed him a brown woollen scapular and said, "This shall be a privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire". In time, the Church extended this magnificent privilege to all the laity who are willing to be invested in the Brown Scapular of the Carmelites and who
 perpetually wear it.

To be eligible for the scapular promise, one must be enrolled in the Brown Scapular Confraternity. This is a simple ceremony which can be performed by any priest. The members of the Confraternity have the added benefit of sharing in all the spiritual benefits of the Carmelite Order.

According to a statement made by the Carmelite Fathers at the National Scapular Centre, every priest has the right to invest the faithful in the Brown Scapular and to substitute the rosary in lieu of the Little Office.

The scapular must be 100% wool without plastic casing and should not be pinned or affixed to clothing. It is worn over the head, under one’s clothes, with one square of wool hanging on the chest and the other on the back. Pictures are not necessary.

The Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel has promised to save those who wear the scapular from the fires of hell; She will also shorten their stay in purgatory if they should pass from this world still owing some debt of punishment.

This promise is found in a Bull of Pope John XXII. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him and, speaking of those who wear the Brown Scapular, said,"I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in purgatory I shall free so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting".

The Blessed Virgin assigned certain conditions which must be fulfilled: 


  • Wear the Brown Scapular continuously.
  • Observe chastity according to one’s state in life (married/single).
  • Recite daily the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin OR Observe the fasts of the Church together with abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays OR With permission of a priest, say five decades of Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary OR With permission of a priest, substitute some other good work. 


Pope Benedict XV, the celebrated World War I Pontiff, granted 500 days indulgence for devoutly kissing your scapular.

Morning Offering

O my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary (here kiss the scapular as a sign of your consecration), I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the altars throughout the world, joining with It the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day. O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can, and I offer them, together with myself, to Mary Immaculate, that she may best apply them to the interests of Thy most Sacred Heart. Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Meditations for Each Day

'Pray for me,' the well-known spiritual writer, Fr. Cordovani, once wrote in a letter to a friend, 'that I may not die without having led some soul to sanctity and without having written some book which will continue to preach the Gospel long after my voice has been silenced for ever.'

In writing these pages I have desired likewise to do a little good, first of all for myself and secondly for those who may wish to read and reflect upon them. I hoped to accomplish something for myself in that i wrote down these short daily meditations in order to be able to remember them more easily and to be able to turn to them whenever the opportunity should arise. Then, on the advice of enlightened friends, I decided to publish them in the hope that they might prove useful to others.

It was my intention to produce an edifying rather than an erudite work. This explains the simple style and the repetition of certain ideas. I have found it convenient to return to these ideas at regular in order to impress them more deeply on the mind and heart of the reader.

There are many well-written books of meditations, but they are either too long and therefore inaccessible to many classes of people who complain that they have not got time to read them, or they are written in an antiquated style which is not acceptable today. The result is that many persons, including some who are genuinely holy, never make a meditation at all, and this is a very great loss.

I have done my best to be concise and, at the same time, to offer an abundance of ideas, in the hope that the reader of these pages may derive from them material for useful reflections and for profitable resolutions.

May God and the Blessed Virgin bless my labour so that it may be the source of good for many souls."

So writes Antonio Cardinal Bacci, co-author of the famed 1969 critique of the New Order Mass commonly referred to as the Ottaviani Intervention, in introducing his wonderful book Meditations for Each Day.

Available in hardback or paperback

Thursday, 2 August 2018

No Crisis in the Church?

Back in stock! 

Many who are concerned today about the state of the Catholic Church point to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).
For some the Council represents "a Second Pentecost"; to others, however, it represents "a Second Crucifixion."For the former the latter are dissident, disobedient and even schismatic; for the latter the former are modernist, heretical and even apostate.
How is it possible that a Church Council could provoke such turmoil and such profound hostility amongst the faithful? Is it a matter of misunderstanding? Is it a matter of interpretation? Or is it a question of Dogma misrepresented and distorted?
Simon Galloway's informative reference handbook is the first of its kind. It compares the authoritative pronouncements of the Church both before and after Vatican II, in a convenient double-column format.
At the turn of a page, the reader can judge for himself which is the correct diagnosis of today's crisis. It presents the evidence clearly and concisely, while aggressively challenging those who declare: "There is no crisis in the Church".

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Worthwhile Free Publication

The Anvil..... very interesting emailed publication that advertises Carmel Books. Support it back........ get a free subscription at

Issue 10 - 30th June 2018
Discover Syria and Syrian Tourism

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Hymns of Passion and Resurrection

An Irish Dominican priest, Fr Maurice Colgan, dreamed of having ‘Christ at number one for Easter’.

With this in mind he spoke to a number of traditional Irish musicians and convinced them to put together an album telling the story of Easter using the traditional Gaelic hymns and some new material in keeping with the tradition.

The result is Célí Dé collective – Hymns of Passion & Resurrection - which became so popular in Ireland when it was released that it rose to the top of the music sales.

The songs recount the story of Holy Week.

The first three tracks, Domhnach na Pailme (Palm Sunday), Duan Chroí Íosa(Hymn to the Heart of Jesus) and Deus Meus (My God) lead up to Holy Thursday and the start of the passion of Christ, with tracks Amhrán na Páise(Song on the Passion) and Críost Liom (St Patrick’s Breastplate).

On Good Friday come hymns of lament from the Mother of Jesus, Caoineadh na dTrí Muire (the Lament of the Three Marys) and Seacht nDólás na Maighdine Muire (The Seven Sorrows of Mary).

Holy Saturday is captured by two stark, but beautiful tracks Iontas (Wonder) and A Mhaighdean Bheannaithe (O Holy Virgin).

Finally, the joy of the Resurrection, of Easter, of Jesus as King, is heard in the last three tracks An tAiséirí (the Resurrection), Amhrán na Cásca (the Song of Easter) and Rí an Domhnaigh (King of Sunday).

The lyrics, along with English translation, can be accessed at the Célí Décollective website - 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The Free Press

“MEN GRADUALLY came to notice that one thing after another of great public interest, sometimes of vital public interest, was deliberately suppressed in the principal great official papers, and that positive falsehoods were increasingly suggested, or stated.”

~H. Belloc: “The Free Press: An essay on manipulation of news and opinion, and how to counter it.”

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Christianity is Europe's last hope

“Christianity is Europe’s last hope,” affirms the Prime Minister of Hungary.
“The danger we face comes from the West, from politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris,” he adds.

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Guild Alternative: An Answer to the Chaos of the Modern World

The Guild Alternative: An Answer to the Chaos of the Modern World

At the beginning of the twentieth century G.K. Chesterton asked in one of most celebrated books: ‘What is Wrong with the World?’ In the first quarter of the twenty-first century, he would be forced to ask: What is Right with the World?

There can be few thinking people in the world nowadays who do not realise that we stand before an apocalyptic crisis. Everywhere one looks, one sees division, disintegration, decay. No aspect of our lives is left untouched, be it in the temporal order or in the spiritual order. No-one appears any longer to have any credible answers to the most pressing and vital questions of our age. One looks in vain to the clergy, to the politicians, to the pundits and thinkers of the ruling class for a semblance of a vision; they all seem content to utter platitudes and seek photo-opportunities.

Arthur Penty was a man before his time and one courageous enough to face reality head on. He was not afraid to say that something was radically wrong with the world; he was no afraid to say that our society had taken a wrong direction and that the only answer was to retrace our steps, however difficult materially and psychologically this might be, and set out on the path of salvation.

He knew that the world could only be saved by a wholesale return to those Christian beliefs and values which had made Europe the centre of world civilisation. He likewise knew that the spiritual revitalization of our society went hand-in-hand with its material transformation from a society based on greed to a society based on justice; from a society based on economics to a society based on morality; from a society based on material values to a society based on spiritual values.

In this truly astounding book he outlines where we went wrong, what we did wrong and where this path is leading us. Thereafter, he determines to show us what philosophy of life and what actions we must embrace if the world is to have any future beyond a lifeless and conformist world tyranny.

This book, originally published under the title 'Guilds, Trade and Agriculture', challenges ideas and principles. It provides analysis and guidance. It provides the philosophy and the practice that this age needs. It makes no claim to infallibility, but it does claim to point us in the right direction.

No honest reader will be left untouched by this book, for it does what so many tens-of-thousands of books published by the huge publishing corporations fail to do - it provides, just as it claims in its subtitle, 'An Answer to the Chaos of the Modern World'.

Monday, 8 January 2018

The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins

This book is essential reading for understanding the motivation behind the original Catholic Worker Movement.
The founders of the movement, Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, met during the Great Depression in 1932. Their collaboration sparked something that has been both an inspiration and a reproach to Catholics.
Gradually progressing from a bohemian lifestyle, to radical street politics, to the founding of the Catholic Worker Movement, Dorothy Day began to live a life that took the message of the Gospel to heart. 
Peter Maurin, less celebrated but equally important to the movement that embraced and uplifted the poor amongst us was once described by Dorothy Day as "a genius, a saint, an agitator, a writer, a lecturer, a poor man and a shabby tramp."
Mark and Louise Zwick's thorough research into the Catholic Worker Movement reveals who influenced Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day and how that influence materialized into something much more than just good ideas.