Friday, July 24, 2009

Thomas a Kempis: our need of God

Friday, July 24, 2009
    Commemoration of Thomas à Kempis, priest, spiritual writer, 1471

    So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
    —Romans 7:21 (NIV)

    When we are troubled with temptation and evil thoughts, then we see clearly the great need we have of God, since without him we can do nothing good... No one is so good that he is immune to temptation; we will never [in this life] be entirely free of it.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.xii-xiii, p. 45-46 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I fail in combatting sin. Without You every minute, I am lost.

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