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Imitation of Christ Conclusion; Next Pick

March 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Imitation of Christ Conclusion

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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.

good portion picture1Before 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 sanctity. For many saints, The Imitation was a resource for daily devotion. Surely if it worked for them…

Now that we’ve finished reading, I’m a little surprised by what I learned. My greatest takeaway from The Imitation is rather shocking in its simplicity: I’ve realized that I mistakenly spend a lot of time comparing myself to others who have gone before me, whether they be friends, family members or saints.

Of course I must pay attention to tangible examples of virtue that I see in my every day life. And I should have special devotions to saints who may have struggled as I struggle. But my ultimate goal should not be to imitate Saint Thérèse, or Saint Monica, or Saint Thomas Moore.

My ultimate goal is The Imitation of Christ.

Discussion Question: What did you think of The Imitation? There were so many topics addressed in the book that I cannot possibly mention them all. Please comment on the those that were most helpful/interesting/confusing to you.

Our Next Book: Navigating the Interior Life by Dan Burke

Hopefully, most of you have obtained your copy of Navigating the Interior Life by now, or are expecting it’s arrival shortly. We’ll begin reading in two weeks, on March 12.

With this book, we are privileged to have an “in” with the author, who has promised to make himself available for three webinars through the course of our reading! In addition, we are blessed to have Fr. Vince Huber* join us to answer questions on the spiritual life.

We invite you to embark on this new journey with us.  Navigating the Interior Life is full of practical information on spiritual direction, and has been nominated for Best Catholic Book of 2012. Below you'll find our reading schedule. If you’d like to join us for a webinar, please sign up as soon as possible using the links below. There are only 200 slots available, and over 1,000 people have expressed an interest in attending.

Reading and Webinar Schedule

Week 1 – 3/12  p. 1-22

Week 2 – 3/19  p. 23-52

Webinar Discussion 3/23 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Central   

Week 3 – 3/26  p. 53-84

Week 4 – 4/02  p. 53-84

Week 5 – 4/09  p. 115-122; 137-154

Webinar Discussion 4/13 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Central   

Week 6 wrap-up 4/16

Webinar Discussion 4/20 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Central  

*Fr. Vince Huber with the Apostles of the Interior Life is from Kansas City, and attended the University of Kansas where he studied Civil Engineering, and began to discern his vocation through involvement at the Newman Center. He met the Apostles when they opened a house in 2003, got to know them and felt a call to enter the male branch. He graduated in 2004 and two weeks later left for Rome to begin his formation. He was ordained a priest, together with 3 of his brothers, on June 18, 2011. He and his brothers were the first four priests ordained in the community, after their founder, Fr. Salvatore, who is a priest of the diocese of Rome. The Apostles of the Interior Life have a house in Rome, which is also the house of formation. In the fall of 2013, they will be opening a second house in the diocese of Kansas City in Kansas, where the community was recognized as a Public Association of the Faithful by Archbishop Naumann.

NOTE:  Please pray for Holy Mother Church at this time.  If you haven't seen it already, check out Becky Ward's post YOUR CONCLAVE with resources and information that will help you take simple, but much needed, action as we await the election of our next pope.  

Discussion Question:

1.  Open discussion: Feel free to comment on any topic from The Imitation of Christ, or on the book as a whole.

Reading Assignment:

NONE.  Next week we'll have a special post on the upcoming reading list. The first assignment for our new book will be posted on March 12.

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the SpiritualDirection.com book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at pelicansbreast.com

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