Category Archives: SPIRITUAL CLASSICS

My Daily Bread: A Modern Devotional Classic


This Passover and Holy Week, I bring you a hidden gem for free download!

My Daily Bread by Anthony J. Paone is an amazing little book of interior daily devotions. Published in 1954 by the Confraternity of the Precious Blood, this 430 page volume deserves much wider circulation. This volume is a summary of the spiritual life, arranged for daily reading, reflection and prayer. We have just added it to our library for FREE PDF download.

 

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Free PDF Download:  My Daily Bread: A Summary of the Spiritual Life

Little seems to be known about Fr. Paone, but I have been able to contact one of his great-nieces and she has kindly given me a little background to his life. She tells me that he had become very sick when he was young, and no one thought he would pull through. Anthony made a commitment to God, and promised that if his life would be spared, then he would dedicate himself totally to God for the rest of his life.

God indeed raised him off his death-bed, and Anthony went on to become a Jesuit priest serving in New York. For years, he taught in a New York high school, and was much-loved. In 1954, his collection of daily meditations were published, which have a similar tone to “The Imitation of Christ”.

Only ever produced in one edition in English*, after over a year of searching, I have finally found a source where a print copy can be purchased:

Carmel Books On-line

 

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This book carries a Creative Commons licence and is considered to be in the public domain. *A Spanish edition has been published, details as yet unknown.

“The Imitation of Christ” – Alternative Versions


We’ve already got a PDF of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, but here’s an alternative version of the same translation by Aloysius Croft and Harold Bolton.

I have found “The Imitation” a wonderful devotional daily read to complement (not replace) the reading of Sacred Scripture, and I highly recommend it!


Click to view or DOWNLOAD FREE PDF: The Imitation of Christ


 

From the Foreword:

“IN PREPARING this edition of The Imitation of Christ, the aim was to achieve a simple, readable text which would ring true to those who are already lovers of this incomparable book and would attract others to it. For this reason we have attempted to render the text into English as it is spoken today rather than the cloudy, archaic terminology that encumbers so many translations of Christian classics. The result, we feel, has achieved a directness and conciseness which will meet the approval of modern readers. In the second place, we have made use of the familiar paragraph form, doing away with the simple statement or verse form of the original and of many translations. This was done in the interest of easier reading, and in order to bring out more clearly the connection between the single statements.”


 

A note about the text:

The Imitation of Christ (De Imitatione Christi) by Thomas à Kempis was written in Latin circa 1418-1427. The Imitation is perhaps the most widely read devotional work next to the Bible and is regarded as a devotional and religious classic. Apart from the Bible, no book has been translated into more languages than the Imitation of Christ. The text is divided into four books, which provide detailed spiritual instructions: “Helpful Counsels of the Spiritual Life”, “Directives for the Interior Life”, “On Interior Consolation” and “On the Blessed Sacrament”. The approach taken in the Imitation is characterized by its emphasis on the interior life and withdrawal from the world, as opposed to an active imitation of Christ by other friars.”

Source: Wikipedia – Imitation of Christ


View or DOWNLOAD FREE PDF: The Imitation of Christ (NEW upload) 

View or DOWNLOAD FREE PDF : The Imitation (Previous Version)


 

John Ruffle, Curator/Founder

Also, I had hoped to post a free downloadable TEXT version translated by William Benham. The advantage of a text version is that you can copy direct into MS Word and create your own format for a printable version for daily reading if you wish. At present, a technical difficulty will not allow me to upload this.

In due course, I hope to make an original scan of a Victorian version in our possession, when time permits. We are most thankful to have an edge-scanner, which is specifically designed to scan bound books. We have yet to try it out, however! When we do, “The Imitation” will be first up. My goal is to make our Library the first choice for those wishing to view alternate texts of The Imitation of Christ. Remember, all PDFs are FREE and you do NOT need to register to download. We are a not-for-profit resource for the promotion of the Biblically-based knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. -John Ruffle, curator/founder.


 

Recent Additions to the Library


New for 2012 we’ve added a web-link to a marvellous children’s Bible that includes  stories from both Old and New Testaments, and – this is the good bit – it is downloadable in over 50 different languages!

Studying the Word

With full permission, we’ve placed a sample chapter on our “Youth” page, – The Story of the Good Samaritan in English – and also added LINKS to the external website where all can be viewed ands downloaded – for free, of course!

CLICK TO GO TO THE YOUTH PAGE

 

IN PREPARATION::

The book my father wrote in the last 12 months of his terminal illness. Thank you for your prayers as I finish the final proof-reading. Also coming soon: first ever seen photos of D. H. Ruffle. I was looking through them with my elderly mother last Sunday night, and some of them I’d never seen before! Other updates scheduled for the half-term holidays include an index of titles, and the addition of some obvious and some less obvious omissions. God bless you, John Ruffle 7th February 2012

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Also, as today is the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, we’ve added a short 20 page biography of his life from the Catholic Encyclopedia, highlighting his multi-volume Gospel commentary: ‘Catena Aurea -Commentary on the Four Gospels Collected out of the Works of the Fathers by St. Thomas Aquinas.’

 

CLICK TO GO TO THE WEB PAGE

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I’ve been so blessed this week just reading some of the chapters in the Library on prayer… why not take a browse!

Brother John

Revised April 23, 2014 JR

HISTORY Page Added (includes Early Church Fathers)


As we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord around the world, I have created a brand-new page detailing how we received our New Testament, and including important historical documents such as Eusebius, and from a slightly later period, the Ecclesiastical History of England, by the Venerable Bede. Also you’ll find an article by the 20th century theologian, F.F. Bruce and more!

Click on the link HERE or go to the top menu or right-hand “pages” menu and click on “HISTORY” to access the new page!

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The wonder of the Incarnation!

With Christmas Blessings, – Brother John.