Monday, January 07, 2013

St. Thomas a Kempis

One day when a certain man who wavered often and anxiously between hope and fear was struck with sadness, he knelt in humble prayer before the altar of a church. While meditating on these things, he said: “Oh if I but knew whether I should persevere to the end!” Instantly he heard within the divine answer: “If you knew this, what would you do? Do now what you would do then and you will be quite secure.” Immediately consoled and comforted, he resigned himself to the divine will and the anxious uncertainty ceased. His curiosity no longer sought to know what the future held for him, and he tried instead to find the perfect, the acceptable will of God in the beginning and end of every good work. 

“Trust thou in the Lord and do good,” says the Prophet; “dwell in the land and thou shalt feed on its riches."

2 comments:

MaryofSharon said...

Just discovered this treasure of a writer in "Imitation of Christ". How do you find all this great writing?

Joni said...

I do a lot of reading. I have also found some great online resources. One of those is the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/kempis/imitation.html