The Brethren of the Common Life was a Roman Catholic pietist community dedicated to living simple lives in dedication to Jesus Christ. Shedding material possessions and living together in community houses, they dedicated their waking hours to prayer, reading and preaching sermons, and studying the Scriptures. Thomas à Kempis provides biographies of the Brethren’s founding members and principal followers.
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- Brief introduction of the Brethren of the Common Life
- Short overview of “The Rule” of the Brethren
Praise for the Print Edition
The spirituality portrayed in these biographies is deep, unselfish, and helpful; and the book should be warmly welcomed, not only by the different religious communities, but also by that vast army of devout lay folk who realize that the life of the spirit is the only life that deserves our highest efforts.
I trust that the book will have a wide circulation, presenting, as it does, one of the brightest pages in the history of an age in which there is much that is somber.
—George Ambrose Burton, Bishop of Clifton, 1902–1931
- Title: The Founders of the New Devotion: Being the Lives of Gerard Groote, Florentius Radewin, and Their Followers
- Author: Thomas à Kempis
- Translator: J. P. Arthur
- Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.
- Publication Date: 1905
- Pages: 266
About Thomas à Kempis
Thomas à Kempis (1380–1471) was born in Kempen, Germany. In 1392, Thomas travelled to the Netherlands to attend school, and there he was introduced to the Brethren of the Common Life, followers of Gerard Groote’s Modern Devotion movement. After finishing school, he devoted his life to the movement, joining the Mount St. Agnes monastery. Thomas’ works evinced wide learning and deep biblical knowledge, and his work The Imitation of Christ is considered a classic in Christian literature.