readers in over fifty languages, and provided them with a source of heart-felt personal prayer. These meditations on the life and teachings. INTRODUCTORY NOTE. The treatise "Of the Imitation of Christ" appears to have been originally written in Latin early in the fifteenth century. Its exact date and its. Free PDF, epub, site ebook. By Thomas à Kempis. The Imitation of Christ is a Christian devotional book. It was first composed in Latin. It is a handbook for.
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Free site book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. A LibriVox recording of The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis, translated by Rev. William Benham. Read by David Barnes. The Imitation of Christ is. Free eBook: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas À Kempis. Translated by Rev. William Benham.
Do not trust nor lean on a reed that is shaken All flesh is grass, and all its glory shall fade like the flower in the field.
The Imitation of Christ
Kempis writes that "Grace will always be given to the truly grateful, and what is given to the humble is taken away from the proud. Kempis asks us to be grateful for "every little gift" and we will be worthy to receive greater ones, to consider the least gift as great and the most common as something special. Kempis writes that if we consider the dignity of the giver, no gift will seem unimportant or small.
Kempis writes that by ourselves we cannot bear the cross, but if we put our trust in the Lord, He will send us strength from heaven.
Book Three, entitled "On Interior Consolation", is the longest among the four books.
This book is in the form of a dialogue between Jesus and the disciple. Jesus says that very few turn to God and spirituality, since they are more eager to listen to the world and desires of their flesh than to God.
Jesus says that the world promises things that are passing and of little value, which are served with great enthusiasm; While He promises things that are most excellent and eternal and men's hearts remain indifferent. When I make a promise I keep it, and I fulfill whatever I have pledged—if only you remain faithful Jesus says not to react to a difficulty as if there were no hope of being freed from it.
Just as desiring nothing outside you produces internal peace within you, so the internal renunciation of yourself unites you to God. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Without the Way, there is no going; without the Truth, there is no knowing; without Life, there is no living.
I am the Way you are to follow; I am the Truth you are to believe; I am the Life you are to hope for. Shut out the whole world and all its sinful din and sit as a solitary sparrow on a housetop and, in the bitterness of your soul, meditate on your transgressions.
But there are many who, though they frequently hear the Gospel, yet feel but little longing after it, because they have not the mind of Christ.
He, therefore, that will fully and with true wisdom understand the words of Christ, let him strive to conform his whole life to that mind of Christ. What doth it profit thee to enter into deep discussion concerning the Holy Trinity, if thou lack humility, and be thus displeasing to the Trinity? For verily it is not deep words that make a man holy and upright; it is a good life which maketh a man dear to God.
Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth
I had rather feel contrition than be skilful in the definition thereof. If thou knewest the whole Bible, and the sayings of all the philosophers, what should all this profit thee without the love and grace of God?
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, save to love God, and Him only to serve.
That is the highest wisdom, to cast the world behind us, and to reach forward to the heavenly kingdom. It is vanity then to seek after, and to trust in, the riches that shall perish. It is vanity, too, to covet honours, and to lift up ourselves on high.
It is vanity to follow the desires of the flesh and be led by them, for this shall bring misery at the last. It is vanity to desire a long life, and to have little care for a good life.
It is vanity to take thought only for the life which now is, and not to look forward to the things which shall be hereafter.
It is vanity to love that which quickly passeth away, and not to hasten where eternal joy abideth. Be ofttimes mindful of the saying, The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear with hearing. Strive, therefore, to turn away thy heart from the love of the things that are seen, and to set it upon the things that are not seen.
For they who follow after their own fleshly lusts, defile the conscience, and destroy the grace of God. There is naturally in every man a desire to know, but what profiteth knowledge without the fear of God? Better of a surety is a lowly peasant who serveth God, than a proud philosopher who watcheth the stars and neglecteth the knowledge of himself.
He who knoweth himself well is vile in his own sight; neither regardeth he the praises of men.If thou wilt know and learn anything with profit, love to be thyself unknown and to be counted for nothing. To themselves they seemed as nothing, and the world despised them; but they were precious and beloved in the eyes of God.
In this way, even the idea of the imitation of Christ does not become the dominant perspective.
Nevertheless, bodily exercises are to be practised with dis cretion, and not equally to be undertaken by all. What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? About F.
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