Monday, July 24, 2023

Thomas a Kempis: fellowship

Monday, July 24, 2023
    Commemoration of Thomas à Kempis, priest, spiritual writer, 1471
    We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
    —1 John 1:3 (NIV)
    Why do we talk and gossip so continually, seeing that we so rarely resume our silence without some hurt done to our conscience? ... Devout conversation on spiritual things helpeth not a little to spiritual progress, most of all where those of kindred mind and spirit find their ground of fellowship in God.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.x.1, p. 42-43 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 1:3; Lev. 19:16; Pr. 20:19; Jer. 31:34; Rom. 12:9; Eph. 4:31; Col. 1:27; Tit. 3:1-2; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 3:13; 1 John 3:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me to guard my tongue.
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