Thomas a’ Kempis
But it happens that many, from frequent hearing of the Gospel, are conscious of little longing for it, because they have not the spirit of Christ. But he who wishes fully and with relish to know the words of Christ, must be zealous to bring his whole life into conformity with him.
It is vanity to hope for long life and to take little thought for a good life. It is vanity only to attend only to the present life, and not look forward to thing things to come. It is vanity to love that which passes with all speed away, and not to be hastening thither where endless joy abides.
by Thomas a Kempis
Every man naturally wants to know, but what is the good of knowledge without the fear of God? …He who knows himself well becomes cheap in his own eyes, and takes no pleasure in the praises of men.
And foolish indeed is he who gives his attention to other things than those which make for his salvation.
The greater and better your knowledge, so much the more severely will you be judged, unless you have lived a more holy life.
This is the highest knowledge and the most useful lesson – to have true understanding and small opinion of oneself. To hold no high opinion of oneself, and always to judge well and highly of others, is great wisdom and high perfection.
from Thomas a Kempis
…O Lord, give me true heavenly wisdom, that I may learn to seek you and to find you, and above all things to love, and to understand and know all other things as they are, after the direction of your wisdom, and not otherwise. And give me grace, also, to withdraw myself from those who flatter me, and patiently to tolerate those who grieve me so that the way I have begun will bring me to a good and blessed ending.
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