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Imitation Of Christ : An Image Classic - Thomas Kempis

Imitation Of Christ

An Image Classic

Paperback Published: 1st June 1990
ISBN: 9780385028615
Number Of Pages: 240

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"In an ever-changing world, what does it mean to truly follow? For more than five centuries, Christians have found inThe Imitation of Christa practical yet profound answer. . . . The book's uncompromising directness in addressing the challenges of a mature spiritual interiority may seem countercultural, but this is indeed its great advantage. It offers a different measure of progress, a progress rooted in God and the individual rather than in society alone, a progress which extends beyond our age and lifetime." --Carl Anderson Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus Written by the Augustinian monk Thomas a Kempis with the intention of directing his readers toward spiritual peace,The Imitation of Christhas been beloved by Christians of all denominations for more than five centuries. With a deep understanding of the inner life, Kempis provides a series of reflections on such topics as humility, charity, discipline, self-examination, and meditation, revealing a simple path to a life of faith that is challenging and deeply spiritual while still remaining accessible and grounded. Ever new because the message it presents is timeless,The Imitation of Christis as inspiring and insightful today as when it was first written. The eternal truths this book contains have made it the most widely read spiritual work after the Bible and, with bestselling author Carl Anderson's new foreword, its call to draw closer to God through the imitation of Christ will no doubt continue to be heard by people of faith today.

Publisher's Prefacep. iii
Timelinep. v
Introductionp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Forewordp. xxi
Thoughts Helpful in the Life of the Soul
Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earthp. 1
Having a Humble Opinion of Selfp. 2
The Doctrine of Truthp. 3
Prudence in Actionp. 5
Reading the Holy Scripturep. 6
Unbridled Affectionsp. 6
Avoiding False Hope and Pridep. 7
Shunning Over-Familiarityp. 8
Obedience and Subjectionp. 8
Avoiding Idle Talkp. 9
Acquiring Peace and Zeal for Perfectionp. 9
The Value of Adversityp. 11
Resisting Temptationp. 11
Avoiding Rash Judgmentp. 13
Works Done in Charityp. 14
Bearing with the Faults of Othersp. 15
Monastic Lifep. 16
The Example Set Us by the Holy Fathersp. 16
The Practices of a Good Religiousp. 18
The Love of Solitude and Silencep. 20
Sorrow of Heartp. 22
Thoughts on the Misery of Manp. 24
Thoughts on Deathp. 26
Judgment and the Punishment of Sinp. 28
Zeal in Amending Our Livesp. 30
The Interior Life
Meditationp. 35
Humilityp. 37
Goodness and Peace in Manp. 38
Purity of Mind and Unity of Purposep. 39
Ourselvesp. 40
The Joy of a Good Consciencep. 41
Loving Jesus Above All Thingsp. 42
The Intimate Friendship of Jesusp. 43
Wanting No Share in Comfortp. 44
Appreciating God's Gracep. 47
Few Love the Cross of Jesusp. 48
The Royal Road of the Holy Crossp. 50
Internal Consolation
The Inward Conversation of Christ with the Faithful Soulp. 55
Truth Speaks Inwardly without the Sound of Wordsp. 56
Listen Humbly to the Words of God. Many Do Not Heed Themp. 57
We Must Walk Before God in Humility and Truthp. 59
The Wonderful Effect of Divine Lovep. 60
The Proving of a True Loverp. 62
Grace Must Be Hidden Under the Mantle of Humilityp. 64
Self-Abasement in the Sight of Godp. 66
All Things Should Be Referred to God as Their Last Endp. 67
To Despise the World and Serve God Is Sweetp. 68
The Longings of Our Hearts Must Be Examined and Moderatedp. 69
Acquiring Patience in the Fight Against Concupiscencep. 70
The Obedience of One Humbly Subject to the Example of Jesus Christp. 72
Consider the Hidden Judgments of God Lest You Become Proud of Your Own Good Deedsp. 73
How One Should Feel and Speak on Every Desirable Thingp. 74
True Comfort Is to Be Sought in God Alonep. 75
All Our Care Is to Be Placed in Godp. 76
Temporal Sufferings Should be Borne Patiently, After the Example of Christp. 77
True Patience in Sufferingp. 78
Confessing Our Weakness in the Miseries of Lifep. 79
Above All Goods and All Gifts We Must Rest in Godp. 80
Remember the Innumerable Gifts of Godp. 82
Four Things Which Bring Great Peacep. 84
Avoiding Curious Inquiry About the Lives of Othersp. 85
The Basis of Firm Peace of Heart and True Progressp. 86
The Excellence of a Free Mind, Gained Through Prayer Rather Than by Studyp. 87
Self-Love Is the Greatest Hindrance to the Highest Goodp. 88
Strength Against Slanderp. 90
How We Must Call Upon and Bless the Lord When Trouble Pressesp. 90
The Quest of Divine Help and Confidence in Regaining Gracep. 91
To Find the Creator, Forsake All Creaturesp. 93
Self-Denial and the Renunciation of Evil Appetitesp. 94
Restlessness of Soul--Directing Our Final Intention Toward Godp. 95
God Is Sweet Above All Things and in All Things to Those Who Love Himp. 96
There Is No Security from Temptation in This Lifep. 98
The Vain Judgments of Menp. 99
Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heartp. 100
The Right Ordering of External Affairs; Recourse to God in Dangersp. 101
A Man Should Not Be Unduly Solicitous About His Affairsp. 102
Man Has No Good in Himself and Can Glory in Nothingp. 102
Contempt for All Earthly Honorp. 104
Peace Is Not to Be Placed in Menp. 104
Beware Vain and Worldly Knowledgep. 105
Do Not Be Concerned About Outward Thingsp. 106
All Men Are Not to Be Believed, for It Is Easy to Err in Speechp. 107
Trust in God Against Slanderp. 109
Every Trial Must Be Borne for the Sake of Eternal Lifep. 110
The Day of Eternity and the Distresses of this Lifep. 112
The Desire of Eternal Life; The Great Rewards Promised to Those Who Strugglep. 114
How a Desolate Person Ought to Commit Himself into the Hands of Godp. 116
When We Cannot Attain to the Highest, We Must Practice the Humble Worksp. 118
A Man Ought Not to Consider Himself Worthy of Consolation, But Rather Deserving of Chastisementp. 119
God's Grace Is Not Given to the Earthly Mindedp. 120
The Different Motions of Nature and Gracep. 122
The Corruption of Nature and the Efficacy of Divine Gracep. 125
We Ought to Deny Ourselves and Imitate Christ Through Bearing the Crossp. 126
A Man Should Not Be Too Downcast When He Falls into Defectsp. 128
High Matters and the Hidden Judgments of God Are Not to Be Scrutinizedp. 129
All Hope and Trust Are to Be Fixed in God Alonep. 132
An Invitation to Holy Communion
The Great Reverence with Which We Should Receive Christp. 135
God's Great Goodness and Love Is Shown to Man in This Sacramentp. 139
It Is Profitable to Receive Communion Oftenp. 141
Many Blessings Are Given Those Who Receive Communion Worthilyp. 143
The Dignity of the Sacrament and of the Priesthoodp. 145
An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to Do Before Communionp. 146
The Examination of Conscience and the Resolution to Amendp. 147
The Offering of Christ on the Cross; Our Offeringp. 148
We Should Offer Ourselves and All That We Have to God, Praying for Allp. 149
Do Not Lightly Forego Holy Communionp. 151
The Body of Christ and Sacred Scripture Are Most Necessary to a Faithful Soulp. 153
The Communicant Should Prepare Himself for Christ with Great Carep. 156
With All Her Heart the Devout Soul Should Desire Union with Christ in the Sacramentp. 157
The Ardent Longing of Devout Men for the Body of Christp. 158
The Grace of Devotion Is Acquired Through Humility and Self-Denialp. 159
We Should Show Our Needs to Christ and Ask His Gracep. 161
The Burning Love and Strong Desire to Receive Christp. 162
Man Should Not Scrutinize This Sacrament in Curiosity, But Humbly Imitate Christ and Submit Reason to Holy Faithp. 163
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ISBN: 9780385028615
ISBN-10: 038502861X
Series: An Image Classic
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st June 1990
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.3  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1