TAN Direction Episode 6 -The Imitation of Christ: Our Constant Companion

Episode 6 -The Imitation of Christ: Our Constant Companion

Feelings of loneliness and isolation continue to run rampant in our world today. The Imitation of Christ, written more than 500 years ago, is a great source of wisdom and comfort for those who are suffering.

“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 speaks but one word, we feel great consolation.”

That passage from The Imitation of Christ inspired Fr. Robert Nixon to offer this analogy.

“If a person had Superman as their butler and personal assistant, that would be a very kind of cool thing. But we’ve got here the invitation of having Jesus as our constant companion and friend and defender. And Jesus, of course, is an infinite being, infinitely powerful, much more than anything we could possibly imagine.”

Episode six of The Commentaries dives into Book Two of The Imitation of Christ, chapters 7-12.

Meet Your Host

Fr. Robert Nixon, OSB, is a monk of the Abbey of the Most Holy Trinity, New Norcia, Western Australia. There he serves as Director of the Institute for Benedictine Studies. He is a retreat master and liturgist. His interests include Medieval Latin literature, especially the lives of the saints.

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