TAN Direction Episode 1 – The Imitation of Christ: Avoid Vanity, Seek Humility

Episode 1 – The Imitation of Christ: Avoid Vanity, Seek Humility

This inaugural series of The Commentaries from TAN begins with an examination of the second-bestselling book of all time, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. Fr. Robert Nixon begins the journey with a close look at the vice of vanity and the virtue of humility.

“It is often said that humility is the foundation of all the other virtues. And in trying to become who or more than what God created us to be, we actually end up becoming less than what we could be.”

The following words of Thomas à Kempis in The Imitation of Christ drive home Fr. Nixon’s point: “The more and the better thou knowest, the more heavy will be thy judgment unless thy life also be more holy. Be not therefore puffed up with any art or science, but rather fear upon account of the knowledge which is given.”

This episode of The Commentaries dives into The Imitation of Christ Book One, Chapters 1-5.

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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