We reflect upon the Nativity of Our Lord and think further about how the Incarnation of the Living Word of God might impact the Church, our lives, and indeed this world during this New Year. At this time let us pause to reflect upon the wonder of the “Word made flesh” and dwelling among us. We are NOT an orphan planet, but part of a beautiful creation that our Father God Adoni has not only blessed.. but LOVES constantly with arms outstretched, welcoming us home to be united with Him through Jesus Christ, Yeshua the long awaited Messiah of Israel.
As world leaders struggle to find answers to global problems that are the result of our own chaos and sin, the answer is ever before them in the person of Christ.. The One whom they reject and cast out of western society as an intruder, as laws are passed that disregard the law and the love, compassion, and mercy of God. Finding God’s will in the midst of a pagan society is as simple – and costly- as a total on-going heart-surrender to Jesus Christ, the crucified, risen and ascended Lord of all.
To do this effectively we need a portrait of Jesus. We find this in the pages of Holy Scripture. The Early Church Fathers add colour to those pages as we learn of the struggles, heart searching and triumphs of the early Church. These writings are all here on my website, totally free for you to download.. around 200 individual volumes.
As we consider the impact of these historic and eternal truths upon the imprint of our own souls, I pray that my online library of free Bibles and devotional books will help you in your quest in 2013. May the God of Israel and the Redeemer of all mankind bless and inspire you by His Holy Spirit now and always, amen.
John Ruffle +
Curator and LectorUNCATEGORIZED
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 2nd Vatican Council in 1962. Maybe you were not alive at the time, it is understandable if the significance of Vatican II can be somewhat taken for granted by many Catholics today.
As a kid, however, when we were late for our Anglican Mass, my father would take me to the Roman Mass, where I would sit spell-bound (and sometimes a little bored, I confess!) as the priest, back to the congregation, and off in the far distance, would drone on in Latin. Meanwhile, I would admire, fascinated, at the statues of Mama Mary and the Saints and love the wafts of incense!
I was brought up an Anglican, and later had an encounter with Jesus during the Jesus Movement in USA, before the Lord slowly and graciously allowed me to return to Catholic spirituality, culminating in my reception into the Roman Catholic Church this last Easter-tide. So, I am both an “old” Catholic and a “new” one all in one person, in that I recall the old Latin Mass, and also can gaze in wonder at the depths of the Mass with “new” eyes as well!
Today also marks the beginning of the “Year of Faith” and so I would like to encourage us all to really take this to heart, and to encourage one another in the most holy faith, throughout the year. Don’t be afraid of honest questions, because our God is bigger than any human doubts. Let’s not be ashamed of our faith! Let us draw close to Jesus every single day, and pouring out our hearts to Him, seeking His will for our lives more and more earnestly. One of the things that prevents us from really progressing in our lives is when we have other agendas ahead of God’s agenda for us. Let us seek first and foremost to be DISCIPLES of Jesus this coming year. Jesus is not a gene to help us advance our careers! He wants to be the sum total of our lives, with everything else we do, to fit into this great and hidden plan that He holds in His hands for us! As we do these things, may each one of us be carriers of the love and grace of God, and be bearers of the fruit of that blessed Council that commenced 50 years ago this week, Amen!
With God’s blessings,
PS: I’m thankful for those who have pointed out errors on my blog here, and also for thoise who have made specific requests. The site is due for an update, and I hope to have the time shortly to do that, in the mean time, there are still over 100 books here for download as pdf files, free of charge.
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!
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!
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
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.’
I’ve been so blessed this week just reading some of the chapters in the Library on prayer… why not take a browse!
Revised April 23, 2014 JRUNCATEGORIZED
-St. Francis de Sales
Born in 16th century France, the remarkable backdrop to St. Francis de Sales life must have been the Protestant Reformation, which stormed Europe during his lifetime. After a personal crisis of faith, (a hallmark of so many great Christians from St. Peter and St. Paul onwards to the present day), he decided to dedicate his entire life to God. Francis came to the conclusion that whatever God had in store for him was good, because “God is love”. This faithful devotion to the God of love not only expelled his doubts, but also influenced the rest of his life and his teachings.
He was consecrated bishop of of Geneva in 1602, during which time he gained a reputation as an inspirational preacher and something of an ascetic; in particular, he was known as a friend of the poor; very approachable and of a deeply understanding and compassionate nature. These last qualities come through in his books, the most famous of which was Introduction à la vie dévote(“Introduction to the Devout Life”), which he wrote not as a theological treatise, but rather to help the non-clergy Christian faithful deepen his or her faith and devotion to Christ. (He uses the address “my daughter” in his writings.) His manner of teaching is often referred to as the Way of Divine Love, or the Devout Life, taken from the book he wrote of a similar name: “Introduction to the Devout Life”, added in its entirely here, on his feast-day of 24th January, at: D. H. Ruffle Memorial Library for free download.
GEMS – The Missing Link!
My apologies, I sent out my weekly update a few minutes ago with the new link missing! Here it is below – Thirteen pages well worth reading! While you are on the site, do take a browse at the OTHER new acquisitions we’ve put up in the past seven days!
God bless and have a devoted week!
-John Ruffle (webmaster/librarian)
THE SECRET HERITAGE OF JOHN WESLEY (1703-1791)
This week, we highlight an early 20th century document we’ve unearthed that puts a new spin on the theology of revivalist preacher and founder of Methodism, John Wesley. Wesley was greatly used by God to spread a revival of faith among the commoners of England and also, travelling by horseback, to the ‘new colonies’ – the United States. Although he remained a Church of England clergyman, the Methodist denomination owes its roots to his life, witness, ministry and Gospel zeal. Here then is an essay published in 1905 by SPCK (the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge – the 3rd oldest publishing house in the UK). Written by G. W. Taylor, it attempts to link the early 19th century Ango-Catholic liturgical revival to the theology and practice of Wesley – otherwise thought to be a low-churchman. Who would have thought to link the worthy names of the Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) – one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement in the 1830s, who as an Anglican priest, later became Roman Catholic and subsequently made a cardinal – and John Wesley, (1703-1791) – a product of the Reformation if ever there was one! Their births were almost exactly one century apart, with Wesley impacting the 18th and Newman the 19th. Both of course, shared a deep passion and devotion to Jesus Christ our Lord. But did they have much more in common than we have previously thought? Read this 13 page document to find out! -John Ruffle, 22/01/2012
BOOKS BY JOHN WESLEY already in the D. H. RUFFLE LIBRARY Collection:
12 remarkable and true stories about children and the faith, 31 pages.
Free PDF books reach where other books can’t! For those with no Internet in poverty, we can send pre-loaded USB sticks (they will still need a PC with Adobe reader installed.)
BROWSE our categories this weekend where it be Church History or a download of the Young’s Literal Translation of the Bible.. there are over 250,000 pages for free download.. and we won’t stop until we reach 1 million precious pages!
In the weeks to come, we plan to profile specific works to make them more accessible to you. In the meantime, view our NEW IMAGE GALLERY as you click on the top tabs – and pass the Word on!‘THE D. H. RUFFLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY’, PRAYER
With well over 100 volumes now available to download or view as PDF files free of charge, the D. H. Ruffle Memorial Library of Christian Faith and Practice continues to take shape! Follow this link to read John Ruffle’s own personal testimony profile, and also to read about why and how he went about creating the project nearly 6 months ago. The top menu offers easy access to BIBLES, COMMENTARIES, CHRISTIAN CLASSICS, PRAYER and HISTORYand more. Your suggests for important are always welcome, just email me at email@example.comBIBLES, FREE PDF DOWNLOADS, JEWISH SCRIPTURES
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Psalms
:: View or download: The New Testament in Modern Speech -Weymouth (1903)
:: View or download: The Twentieth Century New Testament (1904)
:: View or download: The Emphasised Bible (1902)
:: View or download: The Emphatic Diaglott (Interlinear Bible)
:: View or download: The Holy Scriptures According to the Masoretic Text (O.T., 1917)
PLUS: Bible Study Aids you won’t want to be without! NO software to install; NO fee, NO registration! Simply open the PDF Files to view or download! ..and MUCH MORE!19TH CENTURY SCHOLARSBIBLECODEXJESUSJEWISH SCRIPTURESMANUSCRIPTSNEW TESTAMENTOLD TESTAMENTSCRIPTURESTHE WORD OF GODBIBLE STUDY AIDS, CHURCH HISTORY, EARLY CHURCH FATHERS, FREE PDF DOWNLOADS, THEOLOGY
Over the past week, here at the D. H. Ruffle Memorial Library blog, we’ve been busy adding thousands of pages of FREE Biblical resources for you to read or download. We have a whole section on Church History and another on Christian Classics. Of course, we still have eight different English Bible versions to read or download, as well as numerous Bible Study Aids, such as Vine’s Expository Dictionary and Mathew Henry’s Commentary.
This image reveals what a medieval commentary on the Gospels looks like. You can read a clear version of St. Thomas Aquinas’s 4 volume, 8 book work right here on line!
In all, around 40 new documents have been added since we last sent out a blog post, and new items are being added too! Finally, the entire design of the Library has been updated, to make it a lot easier to see the PDF links for your FREE access.
With every blessing for this new year,
This website is just like baking fresh bread (something D. H. Ruffle’s son, John loves doing) .. but in the HEAVENLY realm. Since August 2011, John Ruffle has been working on a digital library of Bibles, commentaries and outstanding theological works in memory of his father D.H. Ruffle, who was a dedicated catholic lay leader, champion for reconciliation and author -his book “Some Thoughts on the Christian Life” was published after his death. John is currently preparing a 2nd slightly updatged edition of this book, so watch this space!
This site is a memorial to my father, Denis H. Ruffle, (1915-1995). Dad’s passion had been seeking peace and unity in Christ’s body through mentoring, dialogue, personal prayer and encouragement. As a child, I recall him following the progress of the Vatican II Council with keen interest. After retirement, he led the local parish “Friday Night Fellowship” and as a result, a number of priests and ministers first began the journey of discernment through my father’s prayers and encouragement. Yet, he called himself “an ordinary Christian”. Maybe he was. In which case, I too desire to follow in his footsteps, to be even half an “ordinary” as this extra-ordinary man – my father- surely was. (The photos here are me – but very soon we’ll have archive photos of my dad, D. H . Ruffle here too!).PURPOSE OF THIS eBOOK LIBRARY:
In many countries, there are very poor facilities for theological training, and virtually no academic books at all. Meanwhile, the West is flooded with many volumes of popular theology, while the works of our fathers lay mainly unread. This should not be! Add to this, the poor or non-existent Internet connections (in some countries the Internet is monitored closely) and we can see that the need for such a collection on-line (and also off-line via USB memory sticks) is great.
BIBLES, COMMENTARIES & THEOLOGICAL WORKS: The volumes themselves include (at the current count) 12 Bible versions, and selections that represent a very wide spectrum of Christian orthodoxy, from Eastern, Roman and Protestant perspectives. The volumes include many pre-Reformation works, since Protestant thought really only covers around 500 years – less than one-quarter of Christian history. Despite the undeniable world-wide growth of pentocostalism in recent years, Bible colleges from this tradition tend not to engage in pre-Reformation study in any depth. This library, it is hoped, opens up new windows of opportunity for them too, regardless of their location around the world. Also included are more recent volumes that include the Charismatic Renewal, The Jesus People Movement (JPM), Living in Community, new Church planting and mission apostolates. As of January 2012, over 100 volumes are on the website, with many more being added progressively throughout the year. Also, a links page to other website resources is to be included later..post updated 14 Jan 2012. JR‘THE D. H. RUFFLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY’, FREE PDF DOWNLOADS
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