Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Thomas a Kempis: self-determination?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    Commemoration of Thomas à Kempis, priest, spiritual writer, 1471
    Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
    —Galatians 6:1,2 (NIV)
    Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.xvi.2, p. 52 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 6:1-2; Matt. 8:17; Rom. 15:1; Gal. 5:13-14; 1 Thess. 5:14; 1 Pet. 2:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, quench the evil thoughts that wish for my own way.
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