Saturday, September 17, 2022

Thomas a Kempis: a good conscience

Saturday, September 17, 2022
    Feast of St. Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
    To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
    —Titus 1:15 (NIV)
    No man safely rejoiceth but he who hath the testimony of a good conscience within himself. The boldness of the Saints was always full of the fear of God. Nor were they the less earnest and humble in themselves, because they shone forth with great virtues and grace. But the boldness of wicked men springeth from pride and presumption, and at the last turneth to their own confusion.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.xx.3, p. 60 (see the book)
    See also Tit. 1:15; Acts 24:14-16; Rom. 14:23; 2 Cor. 5:11; 1 Tim. 1:5,18-19; 3:9; Heb. 13:18; 1 Pet. 3:15-16,21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, wash my conscience with Your forgiveness, so that I might not sin again.
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