Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Imitation of Christ

The Imitation of Christ*

“None of us is fit to receive the understanding of heavenly things if we have not submitted ourselves to bear adversities for Christ.

Nothing is more acceptable to God, nothing is more profitable to you in this world than to suffer cheerfully for Christ.

And if you had to choose, you should rather choose adversity for Christ than to be refreshed by a multitude of consolations, because in this way you would be more like Christ and his saints.

For our merit and our spiritual advancement does not consist in comforts and sweetness, but in bearing great adversities and trying experiences.” pg. 115

Prayer: Lord, give me a cheerful heart. Let me suffer cheerfully for you.

*The Imitation of Christ is a book written by an Augustine monk, named Thomas a Kempis, around 1430. It was a favorite read by Theresa the Little Flower. I picked up the 2008 Revised English translation from Paraclete Press as my birthday present from that beloved Pauline Bookstore in Old Town, Alexandria.


  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. I gave a book to my mom called The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond.
    It is a famous thesis on Love as presented in one of the books in the Bible. Can't remember if it was Paul.
    Mom loved the book I know not why. I bought in a book and tobacco store.
    Lately, I have been wishing someone would imitate Christ, anyone, and help me with my financial woes.
    Actually, I thought The Imitation of Christ was some New Age idea, something from the likes of Wayne Dyer or someone.

  3. I'm sure Christ had more to offer than financial security, however.