QOTD: Thomas à Kempis and the Imitation of Christ


ἐνθύμησις

51n6qLPL-aL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_I decided to do a bit of light reading this morning and picked up Thomas à Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ. The quote below is taken from the first Book 1, Chapter 3. Therein, he stresses the necessity of piety and the imitation of Christ above all else. The pursuit and acquisition of knowledge without embodying those very truths is vanity.

If men used as much care in uprooting vices and implanting virtues as they do in discussing problems, there would not be so much evil and scandal in the world, or such laxity in religious organizations. On the day of judgment, surely, we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done; not how well we have spoken but how well we have lived.

I, for one, don’t like the dichotomy between knowledge and praxis. We will always know more than we will assimilate. And…

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