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Readings from The Imitation of Christ April 19, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic.

A long time ago, I received a comment asking where the deep spirituality in the Church is.  Being an ignoramus, I was initially tongue tied, but quickly recalled The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.  This nearly 1000 year old work was once the 2nd most popular book in the world after the Bible, but has fallen into disuse.   I’d like to excerpt certain parts of the book in the hopes that more Catholics will return to its use.  It is a wonderful, if challenging, spiritual guide.  It makes me realize how far so many standards of faith have fallen in our modern times.

“Vanity of Vanities, and all is vanity” [ECCLES. 1, 2] except to love God and serve Him alone.  This is the highest wisdom, by despising the world to tend to heavenly kingdoms.

It is vanity, therefore, to seek after riches which must perish and to trust in them.

It is vanity also to be ambitious of honors, and to raise one’s self t to a high station.

It is vanity to follow the lusts of the flesh and to desire that for which thout must afterwards be grievously punished.

It is vanity to wish for a long life and to take little care of leading a good life.

It is vanity to love that which passeth with all speed and not to hasten thither where ever-lasting joy remaineth.

Often remember that proverb: “The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.” [ECCLES 1,8]

Study, therefore, to withdraw thy heart from the love of visible things, and to turn thyself to things invisible.  For they that follow their sensuality defile their conscience and lose the grace of God.

If you’re like me and love the printed page, you can buy this treasure here.   I will try to continue posting excerpts periodically.

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