Thomas is known almost entirely for composing or compiling a manual of spiritual advice known as The Imitation of Christ, in which he urges the reader to seek to follow the example of Jesus Christ and to be conformed in all things to His will. And hearing the familiar chords of kingdom living sung by voices from other times can penetrate cultural barriers that limit our allegiance to the King. Moody Classics Of all the factors influencing our spiritual growth and development, pivotal books play a key role. Thomas of Kempen, as he was known at school, was so impressed by his teachers that he decided to live his own life according to their ideals. Thomasa Kempis' Imitation of Christ is one in this series, featured here with fine art cover design; edited by Rosalie DeRosset. It is hoped eventually to offer a complete translation. The Bullingen collection, donated to the city of in 1838, contained at the time 400 different editions.
He remained until his death November, 1432. Dying in a coffin, with no witnesses, in a state of frenzied anxiety puts enough doubt into the mix of naming someone to sainthood to with hold such a distinct honor. This was a life-long labour of with him; in addition to his own compositions he copied numerous treatises from the Fathers, especially , a for the use of his community, and the whole Bible in four large volumes still extant. The Imitation is perhaps the most widely read Christian devotional work next to the , and is regarded as a devotional and religious classic. The University of Chicago Press.
Vivekananda wrote a and a of the Imitation in 1899. At present they are enshrined in St. The reference is from the Catholic Encyclopedia: Two centuries after the Reformation, during which the priory was destroyed, the holy remains were transferred to Zwolle and enclosed in a handsome reliquary by Maximilian Hendrik, Prince-Bishop of Cologne. A dispute had arisen in connection with an appointment to the vacant See of Utrecht and an interdict was upon the land. These records reveal to us the simplicity and holiness of his religious brethren.
The mystery of the Church, therefore, does not come into view either. After completing his humanities at Deventer, in the autumn of 1399, with the commendation of his superior, , Thomas sought admission among the of Windesheim at Mount St. There is no salvation of soul, nor hope of eternal life, save in the Cross. In addition to teaching, she regularly appears on Moody Broadcasting Network programs as a guest and co-host, and speaks at conferences and seminars. Your article is my final stopping point in my research. There is no mention of the mediation of the God-man, of access through Christ, in the Holy Spirit, to the Father.
For five hundred years, this gentle book, filled with the spirit of the love of God, has brought understanding and comfort to millions of readers in over fifty languages, and provided them with a source of heart-felt personal prayer. In these circumstances we find the explanation of the fact that Thomas was not clothed as a novice until 1406, at which date the cloister was just completed, nor ordained priest until 1413, the year after the church was consecrated. They were forbidden to beg, but all were expected to earn their living by the labor of their hands; for the clerics this meant chiefly the transcribing of books and the instruction of the young. At Deventer Thomas an apt pupil, already noted for his neatness and skill in transcribing. We find record of his election as subprior again in 1448, and doubtless he remained in office until age and infirmity procured him release. Jesus says that very few turn to God and spirituality, since they are more eager to listen to the world and desires of their flesh than to God. All earnings were placed in a common fund at the disposal of the superior; the one ambition of all was to emulate the life and virtues of the first Christians, especially in the love of God and the neighbor, in simplicity, humility, devotion.
Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men. I am the Way you are to follow; I am the Truth you are to believe; I am the Life you are to hope for. All flesh is grass, and all its glory shall fade like the flower in the field. An Invitation to the Holy Communion The Great Reverence With Which We Should Receive Christ God's Great Goodness and Love is Shown to Man in This Sacrament It Is Profitable To Receive Communion Often Many Blessings Are Given Those Who Receive Communion Worthily The Dignity of the Sacrament and of the Priesthood An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to do Before Communion The Examination of Conscience and the Resolution to Amend The Offering of Christ on the Cross; Our Offering We Should Offer Ourselves and All That We Have to God, Praying for All Do Not Lightly Forego Holy Communion The Body of Christ and Sacred Scripture Are Most Necessary to a Faithful Soul The Communicant Should Prepare Himself for Christ with Great Care With All Her Heart the Devout Soul Should Desire Union with Christ in the Sacrament The Ardent Longing of Devout Men for the Body of Christ The Grace of Devotion is Acquired Through Humility and Self-Denial We Should Show Our Needs to Christ and Ask His Grace The Burning Love and Strong Desire to Receive Christ Man Should Not Scrutinize This Sacrament in Curiosity, But Humbly Imitate Christ and Submit Reason to Holy Faith. Thomas bids all to let go of the illusion of superiority. The ideal of the has been an important element of Christian theology, ethics and spirituality. .
Spiritual writer compared the teachings of the Imitation with the. The other monks eventually recognized Thomas's talent for deep thought and stopped troubling him with practical affairs. Thomas was only thirteen when he set out for the schools of Deventer, in Holland. In these circumstances we find the explanation of the fact that Thomas was not clothed as a until 1406, at which date the was just completed, nor until 1413, the year after the church was. Let it be the most important thing we do.
From time to time Thomas was given a position of authority in the community of monks, but he consistently preferred the quiet of his cell to the challenge of administration. A Kempis lived as intentionally as he wrote. The house had been established only the previous year, and as yet there were no claustral buildings, no garden, no benefactors, no funds. Apart from the Bible, no book had been translated into more languages than the Imitation of Christ at the time. On his arrival, however, he learned that he had gone two years since with five other Brothers of the Common Life to lay the foundations of a new congregation of Canons Regular at Windesheim, about twenty miles from Deventer, where he then went and was lovingly received by his brother who provided him with a letter of introduction to the superior of the Brothers of Common Life at Deventer, Florentius Radewyn. In Thomas is described as a man of middle height, dark complexion and vivid colouring, with a broad forehead and piercing eyes; kind and affable towards all, especially the sorrowful and the afflicted; constantly engaged in his favourite occupations of reading, writing, or ; in time of recreation for the most part silent and recollected, finding it difficult even to express an opinion on matters of mundane interest, but pouring out a ready torrent of eloquence when the conversation turned on or the concerns of the. Well, to me, the evil one is capable of anything.
He who has never come under its influence has missed something that would have made him more humble and more ambitious for purity of life. Two similar series of these sermons are extant tr. Agnes had dwelt meanwhile in a of Lunenkerk, which they reformed and affiliated to Windesheim. The Canons remained in exile until the question was settled 1432. The Imitation of Christ was an early influence on the spirituality of Saint , who used it in her prayer life, distilled its message and used it in her own writings which then influenced Catholic spirituality as a whole. Furthermore, partly to provide the Devout Brothers and Sisters with effective protectors and experienced guides, partly to afford an easy transit to the religious state proper for those of their number who should desire it, conceived the of establishing a branch of the canonical order, which should always maintain the closest relations with the members of the new devotion.