Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thomas a Kempis: arm yourself

Thursday, November 18, 2021
    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)
    See also Eph. 6:11; 2 Thess. 3:11-12; Heb. 6:10-11; 1 Pet. 1:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me Your defense against evil inclinations.
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