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Something I need to hear frequently January 6, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Society, The Imitation of Christ.
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Perhaps you do not struggle with inordinate affections for created things.  Unfortunately, I do.  A created thing can be anything in our lives that is not of God – TV, books, work, car, kids, spouse, beer, nicotine (doh!), food, whatever.  Loving any created thing too much distances us from God.  We are to love God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and our whole strength [Mk 12:30].

Vanity of vanities and all IS vanity [Eccl 1:2] except to love God and serve Him alone.

Whensoever a man desires anything inordinately he is presently disquieted within himself.

The proud and covetous are never easy.

The poor and huble of spirit live in much peace.

The man that is not yet perfectly dead to himself is soon tempted and overcome with small and trifling things. (hello, Larry!)

He that is weak in spirit, and in a manner yet carnal and inclined to sensible things, can hardly withdraw himself wholly from earthly desires.

And therefore he is often sad when he withdraws himself from them and is easily moved to anger if any one thwarts him.

And if he has pursued his inclination he is immediately tormented with the guilt of his conscience, because he has followed his passion, which helps him not at all toward the peace he sought for.

It is then by resisting our passions that we are to find true peace of heart, and not by being slaves to them.

There is no peace, therefore in the heart of a carnal man, nor in a man that is addicted to outward things; buy only in a  fervent spiritual man.

Taken from The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis, Book 1 Chapter 6.  The Imitation of Christ was once the second most read book in Christendom, after the Holy Bible.  I think we have lost something in this book being nearly forgotten.

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