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"…the first means of evangelization is the witness of an authentically Christian life, given over to God in a communion that nothing should destroy and at the same time given to one's neighbor with limitless zeal. As we said recently to a group of lay people, "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses." St. Peter expressed this well when he held up the example of a reverent and chaste life that wins over even without a word those who refuse to obey the word. It is therefore primarily by her conduct and by her life that the Church will evangelize the world, in other words, by her living witness of fidelity to the Lord Jesus – the witness of poverty and detachment, of freedom in the face of the powers of this world, in short, the witness of sanctity."

Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI

Bibliography of Fr. John A. Hardon’s Books:

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We have compiled a list of Father Hardon’s books. He not only wrote books but numerous pamphlets on topics related to the Catholic Faith. Many of his works are available online. You may purchase these and other books by Father Hardon at the Eternal Life website.

A Prophet for the Priesthood
All My Liberty: Theology of the Spiritual Exercises
American Judaism
Basic Catholic Catechism: Home Study Course
Catholic Life
Christianity in Conflict: A Catholic View of Protestantism
Christianity In the Twentieth Century
Father Hardon's Catholic Prayer Book: With Meditations
History and Theology of Grace
Holiness in the Church
Marian Catechist Manual
Modern Catholic Dictionary
Pocket Catholic Catechism
Pocket Catholic Dictionary
Question Book for Catechists: Home Study Course
Religions of the Orient: A Christian View
Religions of the World
Religious Life Today
Retreat With the Lord: A Popular Guide to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola
Salvation and Sanctification
Spiritual Life in the Modern World
The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots
The Catholic Catechism
The Catholic Catechist's Manual: For Parents and Teachers
The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan
The Faith: A Popular Guide Based the Catechism of the Catholic Church
The History of Eucharistic Adoration: Development of Doctrine in the Catholic Church
The Hungry Generation: The Religious Attitudes and Needs in a State University
The Protestant Churches of America
The Question and Answer Catholic Catechism


Catholic Answers:

$6.95 Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli, 141 pages. The place to begin for people with questions about Christianity. Summarizes foremost arguments for major Christian teachings and offers compelling responses to the most common arguments put forward against Christianity.

5.95 Apologetics and Evangelization, Beginning Apologetics Vol. 4: How to Answer Atheists and New Agers, Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham, booklet, 39 pages. Learn the basics about atheistic and new age belief system, as well as how to give a Catholic response when faced with the questions that will inevitably come up while in conversation with atheists and New Agers.

29.95 Mega Tract Pak, 120 Tracts which cover just about every question that you might have.

10.95 Where is That in the Bible? Patrick Madrid, 175 pages. Learn how to deflate standard objections to Catholicism and how to use Scripture to bring people into (or back into) the Church.

10.95 Catholics and the New Age. Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ. 204 pages. Why has New Age thinking become so popular among Catholics. Defend yourself against its growing influence.


Hardon Archives: For faith-based articles from conferences and talks given by Father John A. Hardon, S.J., visit the Hardon Archives at The Real Presence Association website.


Ignatius Press:

$12.95 John Paul II and the New Evangelization, Ralph Martin and Peter Williamson, 290 pages, paperback.

14.95 Springtime of Evangelization, Pope John Paul II, 152 pages, paperback. The Pope addresses many major critical issues facing American Catholics.

14.95 Defenders of the Faith in Word and Deed, Fr. Charles Connor, 229 pages, paperback. Each chapter is a well-crafted portrait filled with historical detail, theological insight, and lessons about living and spreading the Gospel in trying times. [Stories of saints and leaders of the Catholic Church, such as Thomas Aquinas, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, St. Philip Howard, Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty, etc.]


Our Sunday Visitor:

$19.95 Anti-Catholicism in American Culture, Edited by Robert P. Lockwood, hardcover, 256 pages.

12.95 What the Church Teaches: Evangelization, pamphlet, 50 per pack.

12.95 A Catholic Response: The DaVinci Code, pamphlet, 50 per pack.

11.95 Answer Me This, Patrick Madrid, paperback, 208 pages. Tough questions Catholics face from evangelists and others, and the solid Bible-based, Catholic answers to them.

14.95 The Mystery We Proclaim, Second Edition, Francis D. Kelly, hardcover, 160 pages. Five-part survey of how we pass on the Faith with practical suggestions for evangelization in the new millennium.


Vatican – Popes:

"…the Church keeps her missionary spirit alive, and even wishes to intensify it in the moment of history in which we are living. She feels responsible before entire peoples. She has no rest so long as she has not done her best to proclaim the Good News of Jesus the Savior.” Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi.

Redemptoris Missio, Encyclical, On the permanent validity of the Church's missionary mandate, Pope John Paul II, December 7, 1990.

Novo Millenio Inuente, Apostolic Letter of His Holiness John Paul II to the Bishops, Clergy and Lay Faithful at the Close of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, January 6, 2001.

Evangelii Nuntiandi, Apostolic Exhortation of His Holiness Pope Paul VI to the Episcopate, to the Clergy and to All the Faithful of the Entire World, December 8, 1975.

Veritatis splendor, Encyclical by John Paul II, August 8, 1993.

"Today, however, it seems necessary to reflect on the whole of the Church's moral teaching, with the precise goal of recalling certain fundamental truths of Catholic doctrine which, in the present circumstances, risk being distorted or denied. In fact, a new situation has come about within the Christian community itself, which has experienced the spread of numerous doubts and objections of a human and psychological, social and cultural, religious and even properly theological nature, with regard to the Church's moral teachings. It is no longer a matter of limited and occasional dissent, but of an overall and systematic calling into question of traditional moral doctrine, on the basis of certain anthropological and ethical presuppositions. At the root of these presuppositions is the more or less obvious influence of currents of thought which end by detaching human freedom from its essential and constitutive relationship to truth. Thus the traditional doctrine regarding the natural law, and the universality and the permanent validity of its precepts, is rejected; certain of the Church's moral teachings are found simply unacceptable; and the Magisterium itself is considered capable of intervening in matters of morality only in order to 'exhort consciences' and to 'propose values', in the light of which each individual will independently make his or her decisions and life choices.

In particular, note should be taken of the lack of harmony between the traditional response of the Church and certain theological positions, encountered even in Seminaries and in Faculties of Theology, with regard to questions of the greatest importance for the Church and for the life of faith of Christians, as well as for the life of society itself. In particular, the question is asked: do the commandments of God, which are written on the human heart and are part of the Covenant, really have the capacity to clarify the daily decisions of individuals and entire societies? Is it possible to obey God and thus love God and neighbour, without respecting these commandments in all circumstances? Also, an opinion is frequently heard which questions the intrinsic and unbreakable bond between faith and morality, as if membership in the Church and her internal unity were to be decided on the basis of faith alone, while in the sphere of morality a pluralism of opinions and of kinds of behaviour could be tolerated, these being left to the judgment of the individual subjective conscience or to the diversity of social and cultural contexts.

5. Given these circumstances, which still exist, I came to the decision — as I announced in my Apostolic Letter Spiritus Domini, issued on 1 August 1987 on the second centenary of the death of Saint Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori — to write an Encyclical with the aim of treating 'more fully and more deeply the issues regarding the very foundations of moral theology', foundations which are being undermined by certain present day tendencies."

Encyclical Veritatis splendor:



CHAPTER I - "TEACHER, WHAT GOOD MUST I DO...?" (Mt 19:16) - Christ and the answer to the question about morality

CHAPTER II - "DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD" (Rom 12:2) - The Church and the discernment of certain tendencies in present-day moral theology

I. Freedom and Law

II. Conscience and truth

III. Fundamental choice and specific kinds of behaviour

IV. The moral act

CHAPTER III - "LEST THE CROSS OF CHRIST BE EMPTIED OF ITS POWER (1 Cor 1:17) - Moral good for the life of the Church and of the world