Little is known of Thomas himself, and he is known for little else—although this one contribution to history seems to be enough. Thomas bids all to let go of the illusion of superiority. Kempis writes that by ourselves we cannot bear the cross, but if we put our trust in the Lord, He will send us strength from heaven. It also has been admired by many others, both Catholic and Protestant. These meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, written in times even more troubled and dangerous than our own, have become second only to the Bible as a guide and inspiration.
In addition to teaching, she regularly appears on Moody Broadcasting Network programs as a guest and co-host, and speaks at conferences and seminars. Two centuries after the , during which the was destroyed, the holy remains were transferred to Zwolle and enclosed in a handsome by Maximilian Hendrik, Prince-Bishop of. By 1471, the of the book were so frequently hand copied and passed across monasteries, that there are around 750 extant manuscripts of the Imitation. The book was admired by the following individuals: Saint , Chancellor of England and renowned humanist who was executed by King of England; Saint , founder of the ; and twentieth century American Catholic author and monk,. Thomas à Kempis's 1441 autograph manuscript of the book is available at the Bibliothèque Royale in Brussels. Burns and Oates have brought out a sixth. It is interesting to recall that the same Maximilian Hendrik, who showed such zeal in preserving and honoring the relics of a Kempis, was also eager to see the cause of his beatification introduced, and began to collect the necessary documents; but little more than a beginning was made when he died 1688 and since that date no further steps have been taken.
Incredible as it may sound, the very existence of Giovanni Gersen of Vercelli is yet to be proved. Blogging through The Imitation has been a blessing. Until next time, be Imitators of Christ! Incredible as it may sound, the very existence of Giovanni Gerson of is yet to be. Thomas wrote a number of sermons, letters, hymns, and information about the lives of the saints. Pöhl; five of eight projected volumes have appeared 1911. His first tenure of office as subprior was interrupted by the exile of the community from Agnetenberg 1429 , occasioned by the unpopular observance of the Canons of Windesheim of an laid upon the country by. Two similar series of these sermons are extant tr.
He was laid to rest in the eastern cloister in a spot carefully noted by the continuator of his chronicle. It is therefore able to undertake all things, and it completes many things and warrants them to take effect, where he who does not love would faint and lie down. All earnings were placed in a common fund at the disposal of the superior; the one ambition of all was to emulate the life and virtues of the first Christians, especially in the love of God and the neighbor, in simplicity, humility, devotion. Let it be the most important thing we do. By the end of the 15th century, the book had more than 100 printed editions and translations in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Kempis writes that in this spiritual is conferred, the soul's strength is replenished, and the recipient's mind is fortified and strength is given to the body debilitated by sin. Early on Thomas gave himself to a Dutch Augustinian monastery associated with a group called The Brethren of the Common Life. Furthermore, partly to provide the Devout Brothers and Sisters with effective protectors and experienced guides, partly to afford an easy transit to the religious state proper for those of their number who should desire it, conceived the of establishing a branch of the canonical order, which should always maintain the closest relations with the members of the new devotion. Several sources of authority, including members of his own order, name Kempis as the author, and various contemporary manuscripts, including one autograph codex, bear his name. When you read his writings, you will know that this humble saint worked tirelessly to keep his vanity in check. We must turn away from the things of this world, we must live sacrificially, we must be inundated with Christ's passionate teaching, and we must pray to be removed from distraction. Though weary, it is not tired; though pressed it is not straightened; though alarmed, it is not confounded; but as a living flame it forces itself upwards and securely passes through all.
What you are, that you are; neither by word can you be made greater than what you are in the sight of God. The Imitation of Christ: A new reading of the 1441 Latin autograph manuscript. Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review. There are several reasons for this, some based upon the tenants of the Church. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the movement, of which Kempis was a member.
He spent the rest of his long life behind the walls of that monastery. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men. Mysteriously, I found no follow-up on any other measures to make this man a Saint. Without the Way, there is no going; without the Truth, there is no knowing; without Life, there is no living. The mystery of the Church, therefore, does not come into view either.
His brother had preceded him thither by ten or twelve years, and doubtless Thomas expected to find him still there. Internal Consolation The Inward Conversation of Christ with the Faithful Soul Truth Speaks Inwardly without the Sound of Words Listen Humbly to the Words of God. When he was 19, he entered the monastery of Mount St. To take no account of oneself, but always to think well and highly of others is the highest wisdom and perfection. He will easily be content and pacified, whose conscience is pure. Not a single contemporary witness is found in Gersen's favour; not a single during his life or for thirty years after his death ascribes the work to him; internal evidence, style, matter, etc. Why did I react to it as I did? The approach taken in the Imitation is characterized by its emphasis on the interior life and withdrawal from the world, as opposed to an active imitation of Christ by other friars.