I decided to put “Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a’ Kempis on a loop. The first time round was good, but not too many people tracked with it. Even I didn’t have time to read it everyday. Those who did receive it in their news readers liked it and left some comments.
I was going to write my own material for this next phase but am a little pushed for time. An after 3 days in a monastery this week, i felt that it is better to have some older and more proven advice from the records of church history to balance out all the new ideas.
So, now is a good time to start. Or start again. Here is a portion of the first chunk that was released yesterday. It will take about 3 and a half months to go through the book in daily doses. Ready?
1.1 IMITATING CHRIST AND DESPISING ALL VANITIES ON EARTH (From Imitation of Christ)
HE WHO follows Me, walks not in darkness,” says the Lord. By these words of Christ we are advised to imitate His life and habits, if we wish to be truly enlightened and free from all blindness of heart. Let our chief effort, therefore, be to study the life of Jesus Christ.
The teaching of Christ is more excellent than all the advice of the saints, and he who has His spirit will find in it a hidden manna. Now, there are many who hear the Gospel often but care little for it because they have not the spirit of Christ. Yet whoever wishes to understand fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that of Christ.