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The Imitation of Christ, Book 1 Chapter 7 Avoiding Vain Hope and Pride April 28, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in General Catholic, The Imitation of Christ.

As part of a continuing series excerpting Thomas a’ Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ:

He is vain who puts his trust in men or in creatures [Jer 17:5, Ps 114:2]

Be not ashamed to serve others and to appear poor in this world for the love of Jesus Christ [2 COR 4:3]

Confide not in thyself, but place thy hope in God [Ps 72:28]

Do what is in thy power, adn God will be with thy good will.

Trust not in thine own knowledge , nor in the cunning of any man living, but rather in the grace of God, who helps the humble and humbles those who presume on themselves.

2. Glory not in riches, if thou hast them, nor in friends, because they are powerful, but in God, who gives all things, and desires to give Himself above all things [1 COR 1:31]

Boast not of the stature nor beauty of thy body which is spoiled and disfigured by a little sickness.

Do not take pride in thy ability or talent, lest thou disp9lease God, to whom belongs every natural good quality and talent which thou hast.

3. Esteem not thyself better than others, lest, perhaps, thou be accounted worse in the sight of God, who knows what is in man.

Be not proud of thy own works: for the judgements of God are different from the judgements of men; and often times that displeaseth Him which pleaseth men.

If thou hast anything of good believe better things of others that thou mayst preserve humility.

It will do thee no harm to esteem thyself the worst of all; but it will hurt thee very much to prefer thyself before any one. 

Continual peace is with the humble; but in the heart of the proud is frequent envy and indignation.

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