The Imitation of Christ
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The Imitation of Christ

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by Thomas à Kempis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0899423205

ISBN-13: 9780899423203

Pub. Date: 01/23/1998

Publisher: Catholic Book Publishing Corporation

"Religion's second-best seller." -- Walter Elwell, describing The Imitation of Christ as second only to the Bible in sales and popularity among religious readers.

Through its realistic delineation of the complexities of human existence, and in its soul-building optimism about the benefits of aspiring to a Christ-shaped life, The Imitation of Christ…  See more details below

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"Religion's second-best seller." -- Walter Elwell, describing The Imitation of Christ as second only to the Bible in sales and popularity among religious readers.

Through its realistic delineation of the complexities of human existence, and in its soul-building optimism about the benefits of aspiring to a Christ-shaped life, The Imitation of Christ clearly deserves the accolade of "Spiritual Classic." Although they were written early in the fifteenth century, the number of short meditations that comprise this work remain strikingly fresh and relevant for modern readers.


About the Author
Thomas a' Kempis (1380-1471), or Thomas Hammerken, was born in Kempen, near Dusseldorf, Germany. He left home at the age of thirteen and traveled to Deventer, in the Netherlands, where his service among the Brethren of the Common Life provided both the impetus and the shape for this, his most famous work. In 1406 Thomas professed a call to religious life, and at the age of thirty-three he entered the priesthood. He spent the balance of his life as a Canon of St. Augustine, at the monastery of St. Agnes in Zwolle.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899423203
Publisher:
Catholic Book Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
01/23/1998
Edition description:
Newly Illustrated Edition 320/00
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
137,188
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Useful Admonitions for a Spiritual Life
Following Christ     3
A Humble Sentiment     4
The Doctrine of Truth     6
Prudence in Our Doings     8
The Holy Scriptures     9
Inordinate Affections     10
Flying Vain Hope and Pride     11
Shunning Familiarity     12
Obedience and Subjection     13
Avoiding Superfluity of Words     14
Acquiring Peace and Zeal     15
Advantage of Adversity     17
Resisting Temptation     18
Avoiding Judgment     20
Works of Charity     21
Bearing the Defects of Others     22
A Monastic Life     24
Examples of the Holy Fathers     25
Excercises of a Religious Man     27
Love of Solitude and Silence     30
Compunction of Heart     33
The Misery of Man     35
The Thoughts of Death     38
Punishment of Sins     42
Amendment of Our Lives     45
Admonitions Concerning Interior Things
Interior Conversation     53
Of Humble Submission     56
Of a Good Peaceable Man     57
Of a Pure Mind     58
Consideration of One's Self     60
Joy of a Good Conscience     61
Love of Jesus     63
Of Friendship with Jesus     64
Want of All Comfort     66
The Grace of God     69
Lovers of the Cross     72
Highway of the Cross     74
Of Internal Consolation
Christ to a Faithful Soul     83
Christ Speaks within Us     84
The Word of God     85
Walking in God's Presence     88
Effects of Divine Love     90
Proof of a True Lover     93
Grace and Humility     95
Our Unworthiness     98
All Things to be Referred to God     99
The Service of God     100
Moderation of Our Desires     103
On Learning Patience     104
On Obedience     106
The Judgments of God     108
Our Dispositions and Desires     109
Comfort is to be Sought in God     111
Casting our Care on God     112
The Example of Jesus Christ     114
On Supporting Injuries     115
Our Infirmities and Miseries      117
Resting in God     119
The Benefits of God     122
Things which Bring Peace     124
Curiosity     127
Peace and Progress     128
The Eminence of a Free Mind     130
Self Love     131
On Detraction     133
The Time of Tribulation     134
The Divine Assistance     135
Disregard of All Things Created     137
Renouncing Cupidity     140
Inconstancy of Our Heart     141
The Love of God     142
Insecurity Against Temptation     144
Vain Judgments     146
Resignation of Ourselves     147
Government of Ourselves     149
Eagerness in Worldly Affairs     150
Man Cannot Glory in Anything     151
Contempt for Temporal Honour     153
Peace is Not to be Placed in Men     153
Against Vain Learning     155
Deadness to Exterior Things     156
Men Are Prone to Offend     157
Confidence in God     160
Things to be Endured     162
Of the Day of Eternity     164
Desire of Eternal Life     167
An Offering to God      170
Practice of Humble Works     174
Man Unworthy of Consolation     175
The Grace of God     177
Nature and Grace     178
The Corruption of Nature     182
On Self Denial     185
Evils of Dejection     187
Searching into High Matters     189
All Our Hope in God     193
Of the Blessed Sacrament
How Christ is to be Received     199
The Great Goodness of God     204
On Frequent Communion     207
Benefits to Devout Communicants     209
Dignity of the Sacrament     212
A Petition Before Communion     214
Resolution of Amendment     214
The Oblation of Christ     216
An Offering to God     218
The Holy Communion     220
The Body of Christ     223
Preparation for Communion     226
Desires of a Devout Soul     228
Desire to Receive Jesus     230
Humility and Self-Denial     231
Laying Open Our Necessities     233
Desire to Serve Christ     234
That a Man Follow Christ     236

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