Friday, July 24, 2020

Thomas a Kempis: medicine

Friday, July 24, 2020
    Commemoration of Thomas à Kempis, priest, spiritual writer, 1471
    Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
    —Luke 6:28 (KJV)
    When you hear someone saying unworthy and hard words of you, then it is given to you to drink medicine for your soul from the cup of the Lord.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Hortulus Rosarum, quoted in The Story of the “Imitatio Christi”, Leonard Abercrombie Wheatley, London: Elliot Stock, 1891, VII.i, p. 213 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:28; Matt. 20:22-23; Luke 23:34; Rom. 12:14; 1 Cor. 4:12; 1 Pet. 3:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I pray to discard the stunted spirit of petty resentment. Grant that I may receive sight, to behold your purposes in all events.
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