My Imitation of Christ: a timeless classic updated
May 27, 2011 § 2 Comments
I received my first copy of ‘My Imitation of Christ‘ as a confirmation gift on Easter, 2009. Having converted from a church that taught selfishness in the name of Christ- Jesus wants you to drive a Cadillac, Jesus wants you to have anything you want, Jesus is your servant who must obey your commands- it was so refreshing to read about how to think and act in a way that was actually, well, Christ-like. Whereas my old church would have told me that adversity, for instance, is a result of a lack of faith, Thomas A Kempis states that adversity is rather a gift that helps us look into our lives and realize how much we need God, and in doing so “It will also be clear to them that there is neither perfect peace nor security in this world”, a truth that many Christians seem to have forgotten, seeing that they spend so much time seeking such things. This gem of a book reminds us that we are to be humble servants of Christ, imitating Him and accepting our cross as a gift and teaching tool.
The revised, more modern text is free from unwieldy old words whose meanings have changed or been lost, and reads very easily, like a letter from a close friend. Almost every subject a Christian should know or must deal with in her daily walk is addressed in this little book, from obedience, humility, patience, and respect for others, to deeper spiritual subjects such as peace of heart, true Christian progress, and devotion to the Eucharist. I like to read a chapter or two a day; they are, for the most part, short and to the point, yet incredibly full of wisdom. It is so easy to make reading from ‘My Imitation of Christ’ a part of one’s daily prayer life. This is, simply put, a book that every Catholic, indeed every Christian, should have in their library and read often.
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