Imitation of Christ

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Imitation of Christ

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Next to the Bible the most published and revered source of devotion:

http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu/0 ... st,_EN.pdf
In temptations and trials the progress of a man is measured; in them opportunity for merit and virtue is made more manifest.
When a man is not troubled it is not hard for him to be fervent and devout, but if he bears up patiently in time of adversity, there is hope for great progress.
Some, guarded against great temptations, are frequently overcome by small ones in order that, humbled by their weakness in small trials, they may not presume on their own strength in great ones.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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The Voice of Christ

I taught the prophets from the beginning, and even to this day I continue to speak to
all men. But many are hardened. Many are deaf to My voice. Most men listen more willingly
to the world than to God. They are more ready to follow the appetite of their flesh than the
good pleasure of God. The world, which promises small and passing things, is served with
great eagerness: I promise great and eternal things and the hearts of men grow dull. Who
is there that serves and obeys Me in all things with as great care as that with which the world
and its masters are served?

“Be thou ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea speaketh.” [Isa. 23:4] And if you ask why, listen to the
cause: for a small gain they travel far; for eternal life many will scarcely lift a foot from the
ground. They seek a petty reward, and sometimes fight shamefully in law courts for a single
piece of money. They are not afraid to work day and night for a trifle or an empty promise.
But, for an unchanging good, for a reward beyond estimate, for the greatest honor and for
glory everlasting, it must be said to their shame that men begrudge even the least fatigue.
Be ashamed, then, lazy and complaining servant, that they should be found more eager for
perdition than you are for life, that they rejoice more in vanity than you in truth.

Sometimes indeed their expectations fail them, but My promise never deceives, nor
does it send away empty-handed him who trusts in Me. What I have promised I will give.
What I have said I will fulfill, if only a man remain faithful in My love to the end. I am the
rewarder of all the good, the strong approver of all who are devoted to Me.

Write My words in your heart and meditate on them earnestly, for in time of temptation
they will be very necessary. What you do not understand when you read, you will learn in
the day of visitation. I am wont to visit My elect in two ways—by temptation and by consolation.
To them I read two lessons daily—one reproving their vices, the other exhorting them
to progress in virtue. He who has My words and despises them has that which shall condemn
him on the last day.
From Book III
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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Several suggestions from Reverend Father Nicholas E. C. Rottman for varied ways to read, study or contemplate this text:

https://d2y1pz2y630308.cloudfront.net/1 ... -table.pdf
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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Another translation by Rev. William Benham (d.1910)

http://www.orthodoxebooks.org/sites/def ... Kempis.pdf
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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How it begins - Knox-Oakley translation:
WE MUST TAKE CHRIST FOR OUR MODEL AND DESPISE THE SHAMS OF EARTH

He who follows me can never walk in darkness, [Jn 8:12.] our Lord says. Here are
words of Christ, words of warning; if we want to see our way truly, never a
trace of blindness left in our hearts, it is his life, his character, we must take
for our model. Clearly, then, we must make it our chief business to train our
thoughts upon the life of Jesus Christ.
2. Christ’s teaching—how it overshadows all the Saints have to teach us!
Could we but master its spirit, what a store of hidden manna we should find
there! How is it that so many of us can hear the Gospel read out again and
again, with so little emotion? Because they haven’t got the spirit of Christ;
that is why. If a man wants to understand Christ’s words fully, and relish the
flavour of them, he must be one who is trying to fashion his whole life on Christ’s model.
3. Talk as learnedly as you will about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, it
will get you no thanks from the Holy Trinity if you aren’t humble about it.
After all, it isn’t learned talk that saves a man or makes a Saint of him; only
a life well lived can claim God’s friendship. For myself, I would sooner
know what contrition feels like, than how to define it. Why, if you had the
whole of Scripture and all the maxims of the philosophers at your fingertips,
what would be the use of it all, without God’s love and God’s grace?
A shadow’s shadow, a world of shadows [Eccles 1:2.] —nothing matters except loving God
and giving him all your loyalty. And the height of wisdom is to set your
face towards heaven by despising the world.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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