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Despising all Vanities

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Despising all Vanities *   1. He that followeth Me, walketh not in darkness, saith the Lord. These are the words of Christ, which teach us to imitate His life and manners, if we would be truly enlightened, and delivered from all blindness of heart. Let therefore our chief endeavour be to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ. 2. The teaching of Christ exceeds all the doctrines of holy men; and,... Read More

Sincerity

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Sincerity   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, an open, sincere heart, loving the truth, seeking and desiring it at any cost. MEDITATION “Lord, who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle, or who shall rest in Thy holy hill?” asks the Psalmist. And he gives the answer: “He that walketh without blemish, and worketh justice” (Ps 15:1,2). God is truth, and no one can be admitted to His intimacy... Read More

The Imitation of Christ Conclusion; Next Book Club Pick

March 5, 2013 by  
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The Imitation of Christ Conclusion So we’ve reached the end of one of the most-read devotional books of all-time. Has it changed your life? It’s certainly had an impact here. Before we began reading, I was very much intrigued by The Imitation, knowing that this book has borne much fruit – a resource for many a struggling sinner like myself; but one that has helped guide those sinners to... Read More

Book Club – The Imitation of Christ Week 8 of 10

February 12, 2013 by  
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The Imitation of Christ Week 8 of 10  Conquering Nature through the Rosary   Nature hankers to know secrets and to hear the latest news, to be seen in public and enjoy all manner of new sense experiences, desires to be noticed by others and to do whatever results in acclaim and admiration. Grace, on the other hand, cares little about hearing the news and has no interest in trivia, for it knows... Read More

Book Club – The Imitation of Christ Week 7 of 10

February 5, 2013 by  
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The Imitation of Christ Week 7 of 10 The Sweet Peace of Surrender Disciple: Lord, how often should I resign myself and what should I renounce? Jesus: Always and at all times; small things as well as great ones. I make no exceptions. I want to find you stripped naked of everything. Unless you outwardly and inwardly divest yourself of your will, how can you be Mine, or how can I be yours? The sooner... Read More

Book Club – The Imitation of Christ Week 6 of 10

January 29, 2013 by  
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The Imitation of Christ Week 6 of 10 The Anguish of Envy He who has received less ought not to become dejected, nor become angry, nor envious of the one who has received more. Rather, he should look to You and praise Your great goodness since You have bestowed Your gifts so freely, so willingly, so lavishly, and without respect of persons. All good things come from You and, therefore, You are to... Read More

Book Club – Imitation of Christ Week 4 of 10

January 15, 2013 by  
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 Running to Win  The Imitation of Christ Week 4 of 10 For a pittance men will travel a great distance, but for eternal life many will scarcely take a single step. They look ahead to puny gains and sometimes shamefully wrangle over a single penny; neither do they hesitate to wear themselves out working day and night for some foolish promise or trifling object. But for the good that never changes,... Read More

Book Club – The Imitation of Christ Week 2 of 10

December 18, 2012 by  
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The Imitation of Christ Week 2 of 10 On Death When you rise in the morning, think that you will not see evening; and when evening comes, do not be too certain that you will rise in the morning. Be always ready, therefore, and so live that death may not find you unprepared. For many, death comes suddenly and unexpectedly; the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. When your final hour... Read More

Book Club – The Imitation of Christ – Week 1 of 10

December 11, 2012 by  
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The Imitation of Christ Week 1 “Friendly” Conversation Why are we so fond of speaking and conversing with one another, though we rarely return to our silence without some injury to our consciences? The reason why we enjoy talking is because we seek solace in chatting with one another, and desire to lighten our distracted hearts. Furthermore, we enjoy talking and thinking about the things... Read More

The Imitation of Christ Book Club

December 4, 2012 by  
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The Imitation of Christ Book Club If you read Journal of a Soul with us, you are well aware of the impact The Imitation of Christ had on Blessed Pope John XXIII. In 1898, as part of his Daily Rule, he wrote: Read carefully and thoughtfully a whole chapter, or at least a part of one, of the very devout Latin book of Thomas à Kempis. This was to be done in addition to his other daily spiritual reading.... Read More

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