What the Theologians Say 5


Thomas à Kempis, (c. 1380 – 25 July 1471) was a Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period and the author of The Imitation of Christ, one of the most popular and best known Christian books on devotion. Some quotes given here show why the book has become such a touchstone of wisdom:

'If you cannot recollect yourself continuously, do so once a day at least, in the morning or in the evening. In the morning make a resolution and in the evening examine yourself on what you have said this day, what you have done and thought, for in these things perhaps you have often offended God and those about you.'

‘Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.'

'On the day of judgment, it will be demanded of us not what we have read, but what we have done.'

'If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance.'

'He is not truly patient who will only suffer as far as seems right to him and from whom he pleases. The truly patient man considers not by whom he is tried, one above him, or by an equal, or by an inferior, whether by a good and holy man or by a perverse and unworthy, but from every creature. He gratefully accepts all from the hand of God and counts it gain.'

'A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.'