Thoughts from Canaan…

"The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God." – Genesis 17:8

Some Fantastic Quotes from Thomas a Kempis

Thomas_von_Kempen_JS“It is vanity to wish for long life and to care little about a well-spent life.”

“The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy.”

“If we were to uproot only one vice each year, we should soon become perfect. The contrary, however, is often the case—we feel that we were better and purer in the first fervor of our conversion than we are after many years in the practice of our faith. Our fervor and progress ought to increase day by day; yet it is now considered noteworthy if a man can retain even a part of his first fervor.”

“Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men.”

“Often take counsel when tempted; and do not be harsh with others who are tempted, but console them as you yourself would wish to be consoled.”

“Someone has said very aptly: “Resist the beginnings; remedies come too late, when by long delay the evil has gained strength.” First, a mere thought comes to mind, then strong imagination, followed by pleasure, evil delight, and consent. Thus, because he is not resisted in the beginning, Satan gains full entry. And the longer a man delays in resisting, so much the weaker does he become each day, while the strength of the enemy grows against him.”

“Curb your appetite and you will more easily curb every inclination of the flesh. Never be completely unoccupied, but read or write or pray or meditate or do something for the common good.”

“What great peace and tranquillity would be his, if he cut himself off from all empty care and thought only of things divine, things helpful to his soul, and put all his trust in God.”

“One day when a certain man who wavered often and anxiously between hope and fear was struck with sadness, he knelt in humble prayer before the altar of a church. While meditating on these things, he said: ‘Oh if I but knew whether I should persevere to the end!’ Instantly he heard within the divine answer: ‘If you knew this, what would you do? Do now what you would do then and you will be quite secure.'”

“When a man reaches a point where he seeks no solace from any creature, then he begins to relish God perfectly.”

“He who does not overcome small faults, shall fall little by little into greater ones.”

“Learn to obey, you who are but dust! Learn to humble yourself, you who are but earth and clay, and bow down under the foot of every man! Learn to break your own will, to submit to all subjection! Be zealous against yourself! Allow no pride to dwell in you, but prove yourself so humble and lowly that all may walk over you and trample upon you as dust in the streets!”

“Do not covet what you may not have. Do not possess anything that can hinder you or rob you of freedom.”

“If you seek this or that, if you wish to be in this place or that place, to have more ease and pleasure, you will never rest or be free from care, for some defect is found in everything and everywhere someone will vex you.”

“Do not let your peace depend on the words of men.”

“He who neither cares to please men nor fears to displease them will enjoy great peace, for all unrest and distraction of the senses arise out of disorderly love and vain fear.”

“It is foolish and useless to be either grieved or happy about future things which perhaps may never happen.”

“Who is more at rest than he who aims at nothing but God? And who more free than the man who desires nothing on earth?”

“Hold to this short and perfect advice, therefore: give up your desires and you will find rest.”

“If you completely conquer yourself, you will more easily subdue all other things. The perfect victory is to triumph over self. For he who holds himself in such subjection that sensuality obeys reason and reason obeys Me in all matters, is truly his own conqueror and master of the world.”

“Now, if you wish to climb to this high position you must begin like a man, and lay the ax to the root, in order to tear out and destroy any hidden unruly love of self or of earthly goods. From this vice of too much self-love comes almost every other vice that must be uprooted. And when this evil is vanquished, and brought under control, great peace and quiet will follow at once.”

“You are a man, not God.”

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One comment on “Some Fantastic Quotes from Thomas a Kempis

  1. kylefonzo
    November 16, 2013

    Very beautiful words. Thank you so very much for this resource. God bless you.

    “He who does not overcome small faults, shall fall little by little into greater ones.”
    So powerful.

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