Here is this week's thought from one of our spiritual fathers or mothers...and I am continuing for two more weeks with The Imitation of Christ. If you have any favourite classics from which you would like to see passages in future, then please let me know in the comments.

This Christian classic was most probably written by the Medieval monk Thomas à Kempis in the fifteenth century. It is a devotional book encouraging a holy and prayerful lifestyle. This translation comes from The Cyber Library.

The Imitation of Christ
Book Two - The Interior Life

Chapter 8 - The intimate friendship of Jesus

When Jesus is near, all is well and nothing seems difficult. When He is absent, all is hard. When Jesus does not speak within, all other comfort is empty, but if He says only a word, it brings great consolation.

Did not Mary Magdalen rise at once from her weeping when Martha said to her: "The Master is come, and calleth for thee"?[John 11:28] Happy is the hour when Jesus calls one from tears to joy of spirit.

How dry and hard you are without Jesus! How foolish and vain if you desire anything but Him! Is it not a greater loss than losing the whole world? For what, without Jesus, can the world give you? Life without Him is a relentless hell, but living with Him is a sweet paradise. If Jesus be with you, no enemy can harm you.

He who finds Jesus finds a rare treasure, indeed, a good above every good, whereas he who loses Him loses more than the whole world. The man who lives without Jesus is the poorest of the poor, whereas no one is so rich as the man who lives in His grace.

It is a great art to know how to converse with Jesus, and great wisdom to know how to keep Him. Be humble and peaceful, and Jesus will be with you. Be devout and calm, and He will remain with you. You may quickly drive Him away and lose His grace, if you turn back to the outside world. And, if you drive Him away and lose Him, to whom will you go and whom will you then seek as a friend? You cannot live well without a friend, and if Jesus be not your friend above all else, you will be very sad and desolate. Thus, you are acting foolishly if you trust or rejoice in any other. Choose the opposition of the whole world rather than offend Jesus. Of all those who are dear to you, let Him be your special love. Let all things be loved for the sake of Jesus, but Jesus for His own sake.

Jesus Christ must be loved alone with a special love for He alone, of all friends, is good and faithful. For Him and in Him you must love friends and foes alike, and pray to Him that all may know and love Him.

Never desire special praise or love, for that belongs to God alone Who has no equal. Never wish that anyone's affection be centered in you, nor let yourself be taken up with the love of anyone, but let Jesus be in you and in every good man. Be pure and free within, unentangled with any creature.

You must bring to God a clean and open heart if you wish to attend and see how sweet the Lord is. Truly you will never attain this happiness unless His grace prepares you and draws you on so that you may forsake all things to be united with Him alone.

When the grace of God comes to a man he can do all things, but when it leaves him he becomes poor and weak, abandoned, as it were, to affliction. Yet, in this condition he should not become dejected or despair. On the contrary, he should calmly await the will of God and bear whatever befalls him in praise of Jesus Christ, for after winter comes summer, after night, the day, and after the storm, a great calm.

This is the fourth in a Sunday series. Here are the others:
The Imitation of Christ - Book 1 Chapter 1
The Imitation of Christ - Book 1 Chapter 4
The Imitation of Christ - Book 1 Chapter 6


  1. Soma  

    30 March 2010 at 20:16

    We are physical, mental and spiritual, thank you for acknowledging the spiritual.

  2. Anonymous  

    3 May 2010 at 23:21

    Although it is good to imitate Christ,the best way it to come to know him personally and allow him by the Holy Spirit to live his life out through you which brings true glory to God. This is understandable though that people dont understand this idea since much of professing Christianity is only a form of godliness that denies the power thereof. But the way to know God personally is to from your heart repent of your sins against God our Creator and trust his only begotten Son as your personal Saviour. Since it is not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he saves us. Titus 3:5. And for by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves ; it is the gift of God not of works lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9. Once we know him then it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. God himself did what needed to be done to save our souls from hell and so our sins could be forgiven. He was born of a virgin,lived a sinless life , and died and shed his sinless blood as the atonement for all our sins against God and the one sacrafice for sins forever on the cross 2000 years ago where he said on the cross , It is finished ! Salvation and the only way to heaven was bought and payed for,but now we must come to him personally to be saved from sin and hell fire forever. He was buried , and rose from the dead the third day , was seen of men , and went back up to heaven. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead ; thou shalt be saved.Romans 10:9. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13. Pray and ask him to forgive all your sins today and give you his free gift of eternal life and he will. Sincerely ; George , For more information , and read it for yourself. Also and Thank You,And God bless you as you come to God , Gods way and not mans.