Thursday, October 26, 2023

Thomas a Kempis: knowledge is not enough

Thursday, October 26, 2023
    Feast of Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899
    Commemoration of Cedd, Founding Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664
    Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.
    —1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NIV)
    Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.ii.1, p. 31 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 8:1-3; Ps. 25:14; Pr. 1:7; 26:12; Isa. 5:21; Gal. 6:3; 1 Tim. 1:5-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, take away my foolish distractions, so I may serve You.
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