Thomas à Kempis

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) was a German-Dutch author and theologian of the late Medieval period.  He is best remembered for his classic on the devotional life known as The Imitation of Christ, available from TAN Books.

Prague,,Czech,Republic,-,October,13,,2018:,The,Fresco,Of

Familiar Friendship with Jesus

When Jesus is present all things go well, and nothing seems difficult; but when Jesus is absent everything is hard. When Jesus speaks not within, our comfort is worthless; but if Jesus speak but one word, we feel great consolation. Did not Mary Magdalen immediately arise from the place where she wept when Martha said…

Bergamo,-,January,26:,Death,Of,St.,Joseph,Paint,From

A Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for Her Help in the Hour of Death

O most loving Mother of God, Mary ever-virgin, you overflow with a miraculous sweetness, which the human mind is not able to comprehend or describe! I stand before you now as your lowly servant, humbly bowing before your most gracious throne, which is exalted far above all the choirs of angels in the heavenly kingdom.…

Historic,Roman,Catholic,Cathedral,Of,Saint,Paul,In,Main,Town

Resting in God Above All Goods and Gifts

Above all things, and in all things, do thou, my soul, rest always in the Lord, for He is the eternal rest of the saints. Give me, O most sweet and loving Jesus, to repose in Thee above all things created; above all health and beauty, above all glory and honor, above all power and…

Schäftlarn,,Germany,-,Nov,17,,2020:,View,Along,The,Main

The Elevation of the Mind to God

“Be still and know that I am God.” I seek you, my God, but not through any of the senses of my body or through any perceptible images. Rather, I turn within myself, to the interior chamber of my thoughts and feelings, and the realm which lies beyond all thoughts and feelings. For there, O…

Monaco,-,November,13,,2018:,Painting,Of,Mary,Magdalene,On

It is Sweet to Serve God

Disciple: Now will I speak, O Lord, and will not be silent; I will say in the hearing of my God, my Lord and my King Who is on high: Oh, how sweet is the multitude of Thy sweetness, O Lord, which Thou hast hidden for them that fear Thee (Ps. 20:20). But what art…

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Freedom of Heart According to My Imitation of Christ

A Pure and Entire Resignation of Ourselves for Obtaining Freedom of Heart Christ: Son, leave thyself and thou shalt find Me. Stand without choice or any self-seeking, and thou shalt always gain. For greater grace shall always be added to thee irrevocably once thou has given up thyself. Disciple: Lord, how often shall I resign…

Zagreb,,Croatia,-,December,08:,Neri,Di,Bicci:,St.,Francis

From the Imitation of Christ: Amendment of Life

The Fervent Amendment of Our Whole Life Be vigilant and diligent in God’s service, and often consider to what end thou camest hither, and why thou didst leave the world: Was it not that thou mightst live for God and become a spiritual man? Be fervent, therefore, in thy spiritual progress, for thou shalt shortly…

Vienna,,Austira,-,October,22,,2020:,The,Painting,Fall,Of

Lenten Meditation on the Cross

To many this seems a hard saying: “Deny thyself, take up thy cross, and follow Jesus” (Matt. 16:24). But it will be much harder to hear that last word: “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire” (Matt. 25:41). For they who now willingly hear and follow the word of the cross shall not then…

Kromeriz,,Czech,Republic,-,September,16:,Saint,Agnes,Of,Bohemia,

A Prayer for Detachment from All Earthly Things by Thomas à Kempis

Lord Jesus Christ, you alone are my hope and my refuge.  You are my best solace in times of trouble and my trusted guide in times of perplexity and uncertainty.  Therefore, today, I renounce all things in this passing world for the sake of your love.  I earnestly aspire to fulfill this resolution to the…

Parma,,Italy,-,April,16,,2018:,The,Painting,Of,Madonna

Thomas à Kempis on Prayer

How We Are to Be Disposed and What We Are to Say When We Desire Anything CHRIST: My son, say this on every occasion: Lord, if it be pleasing to Thee let this be done in this manner. Lord, if it be to Thy honor let this be done in Thy name. Lord, if Thou…

Rome,,Italy,-,March,25,,2015:,The,Painting,Of,Holy

Humility As the Foundation of All Virtues

“Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart,” says the Lord (Matthew 11:29). Our highest teacher and lawgiver, Jesus Christ, urged us to learn the virtue of humility. For whoever cultivates this marvelous virtue will quickly arrive at spiritual perfection. But without humility, no amount of study of Sacred Scripture or theology,…