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More gold from a Kempis January 10, 2011

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

I don’t know if anyone likes these posts of writings of Thomas a Kempis or not.  I hope so, I find great value in them, but maybe they sound too ‘preachy’ today.  From The Imitation of Christ, Book 1, Chapter 10.

Fly the tumult of men as much as thou canst; for treating of wordly affairs hinders very much although they be discoursed of with a simple intention.

For we are quickly defiled and ensnared with vanity.

I wish I had oftener been silent and that I had not been in company.

But why are we so willing to talk and discoruse with one another, since we seldom return to sielence without prejudice [damage – ED] to our conscience.

The reason we are so willing to talk is, because by discoursing together we seek comfort from one another; and would gladly ease the heart, wearied by various thoughts.

And we very willingly talk and think of such things as we most love and desire, or which we imagine imagine contrary to us.

But, alas! It is often in vain and to no prupose: for this outward consolation is no small hindrance to interior and divine comfort.

Therefore we must watch and pray (Matt 26:41) that our time may not pass away without fruit.

If it be lawful and expedient to speak, speak those things which may edify.

A bad custom, and the neglect of our spiritual advancement, are a great cause of our keeping so little guard upon our mouth.

But devout conferences concerning spiritual things help very much to spiritual progress, especially where persons of the same mind and spirit are associated together in God.

So, silence is golden, and shut yer mouth.  I wonder how a Kempis would view blogs.  Hmmm

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