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Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation

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Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation*   OF THE PROFIT OF ADVERSITY 1. It is good that we have sometimes troubles and crosses; for they often make a man enter into himself, and consider that he is here in banishment, and ought not to place his trust in any worldly thing. It is good that we be sometimes contradicted, and this, although we do and intend well. These things help often to the attaining of humility, and defend... Read More

Obtaining Peace and Zeal for Growth in Grace

October 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Meditations, Spiritual Growth

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OF OBTAINING PEACE, AND OF ZEAL FOR GROWTH IN GRACE   1. We might enjoy much peace if we would not busy ourselves with the words and deeds of others, and things which appertain nothing to our charge. How can he abide long in peace, who thrusteth himself into the cares of others, who seeketh occasions abroad, who little or seldom cometh to himself? Blessed are the single-hearted; for they shall enjoy much peace. 2. Why were... Read More

Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Obedience

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Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words   OF SUBJECTION AND OBEDIENCE 1. It is a great matter to live in obedience, to be under a superior and not to be at our own disposing. It is much safer to obey than to govern. Many live under obedience, rather for necessity than for love; such are discontented, and do murmur. Neither can they attain to freedom of mind, unless they heartily put themselves under obedience for the love... Read More

Inordinate Affections, Vain Hope, Pride, and Too Much Familiarity

August 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Sin, Virtue

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Of Inordinate Affections, Vain Hope and Pride, And Too Much Familiarity   OF INORDINATE AFFECTIONS 1. Fly the tumult of the world as much as thou canst; for the talk of worldly affairs is a great hindrance, although it be done with sincere intention; for we are quickly defiled, and enthralled by vanity. The man that is not perfectly dead to himself is quickly tempted and overcome in trifling things. The weak in spirit, and... Read More

Of Wisdom, Forethought, and Reading the Holy Scriptures

August 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Scripture, Wisdom

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OF WISDOM, FORETHOUGHT, AND READING THE HOLY SCRIPTURES   Of Wisdom and Forethought in our Actions 1. We must not give ear to every saying or suggestion, but warily and patiently ponder things according to the will of God. But alas; such is our weakness, that we often rather believe and speak evil than good of others. The perfect do not easily credit everything spoken, for they know that human frailty is prone to evil and... Read More

The Doctrine of Truth

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The Doctrine of Truth   1. Happy is he whom truth by itself doth teach, not by figures and words that pass away, but as it is in itself. Our own opinion and our own sense do often deceive us, and they discern but little. What availeth it to cavil and dispute about dark and hidden things; for ignorance of them we shall not be reproved in the day of judgment? It is great folly to neglect things that are profitable and necessary... Read More

Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves

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Of Having a Humble Opinion of Ourselves*   Editor’s Note: Last Friday, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The featured post that day “Learn from Me – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus” reflected on Christ’s command to learn from Him and His meek and humble heart. Along that line, this selection from The Imitation of Christ considers the type of humble opinion we should have... Read More

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, he that hath the Spirit will... Read More

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