Friday, November 25, 2011

Thomas a Kempis: arm yourself

Friday, November 25, 2011
    Commemoration of Katherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century
    Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
    —Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)
    Arm yourself like a man against the devil’s assaults. 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.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.xix.5, p. 57-58 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me Your defense against evil inclinations.
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