"He who neither hates nor desires, is to be known as one who constantly renounces. For free from dualities, he is easily released from bondage." - Bhagavad Gita V.3
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VEDANTA MASS MEDIA The Imitation of Christ | Thomas a Kempis  

 

 

         

                   

 

 

     

     Foreword

 

     THOUGHTS HELPFUL IN THE LIFE OF THE SOUL

 

     1. Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth

     2. Chapter Having a Humble Opinion of Self

     3. The Doctrine of Truth

     4. Prudence in Action

     5. Reading the Holy Scripture

     6. Unbridled Affections

     7. Avoiding False Hope and Pride

     8. Shunning Over-Familiarity

     9. Obedience and Subjection

     10. Avoiding Idle Talk

     11. Acquiring Peace and Zeal for Perfection

     12. The Value of Adversity

     13. Resisting Temptation

     14. Avoiding Rash Judgment

     15. Works Done in Charity

     16. Bearing with the Faults of Others

     17. Monastic Life

     18. The Example Set Us by the Holy Fathers

     19 The Practices of a Good Religious

     20. The Love of Solitude and Silence

     21. Sorrow of Heart

     22. Thoughts on the Misery of Man

     23. Thoughts on Death

     24. Judgment and the Punishment of Sin

     25. Zeal in Amending our Lives

 

     BOOK TWO

 

     THE INTERIOR LIFE

 

     1. Meditation

     2. Humility

     2. Goodness and Peace in Man

     4. Purity of Mind and Unity of Purpose

     5. Ourselves

     6. The Joy of a Good Conscience

     7. Loving Jesus Above All Things

     8. The Intimate Friendship of Jesus

     9. Wanting No Share in Comfort

     10. Appreciating God's Grace

     11. Few Love the Cross of Jesus

     12. The Royal Road of the Holy Cross

     13. Internal Consolation

     14. The Inward Conversation of Christ with the Faithful Soul

     15. Truth Speaks Inwardly Without the Sound of Words

     16. Listen Humbly to the Words of God. Many Do Not Heed Them

     17. We Must Walk Before God in Humility and Truth

     18. The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love

     19. The Proving of a True Lover

     20. Grace Must Be Hidden Under the Mantle of Humility

     21. Self-Abasement in the Sight of God

     22. All Things should be Referred to God as their Last End

     23. To Despise the World and Serve God is Sweet

     24. The Longings of our Hearts Must be Examined and Moderated

     25. Acquiring Patience in the Fight Against Concupiscence

     26. The Obedience of One Humbly Subject to the Example of Jesus Christ

     27. Consider the Hidden Judgments of God Lest You Become Proud of Your Own Good Deeds

     28. How One Should Feel and Speak on Every Desirable Thing

     29. True Comfort Is to Be Sought in God Alone

     30. All Our Care is to Be Placed in God

     31. Temporal Sufferings Should Be Borne Patiently, After the Example of Christ

     32. True Patience in Suffering

     33. Confessing Our Weakness in the Miseries of Life

     34. Above All Goods and All Gifts We Must Rest in God

     35. Remember the Innumerable Gifts of God

     36. Four Things Which Bring Great Peace

     37. Avoiding Curious Inquiry About the Lives of Others

     38. The Basis of Firm Peace of Heart and True Progress

     39. The Excellence of a Free Mind, Gained Through Prayer Rather Than By Study

     40. Self-Love is the Greatest Hindrance to the Highest Good

     41. Strength Against Slander

     42. How We Must Call Upon and Bless the Lord When Trouble Presses

     43. The Quest of Divine Help and Confidence in Regaining Grace

     44. To Find the Creator, Forsake All Creatures

     45. Self-Denial and the Renunciation of Evil Appetites

     46. Restlessness of Soul?Directing Our Final Intention Toward God

     47. God is Sweet Above All Things and in All Things to Those Who Love Him

     48. There is No Security from Temptation in This Life

     49. The Vain Judgments of Men

     50. Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart

     51. The Right Ordering of External Affairs; Recourse to God in Dangers

     52. A Man Should Not Be Unduly Solicitous About His Affairs

     53. Man Has No Good in Himself and Can Glory in Nothing

     54. Contempt for All Earthly Honor

     55. Peace is Not to Be Placed in Men

     56. Beware Vain and Worldly Knowledge

     57. Do Not Be Concerned About Outward Things

     58. All Men Are Not to Be Believed, for It Is Easy to Err in Speech

     59. Trust in God Against Slander

     60. Every Trial Must Be Borne for the Sake of Eternal Life

     61. The Day of Eternity and the Distresses of This Life

     62. The Desire of Eternal Life; the Great Rewards Promised to Those Who Struggle

     63. How a Desolate Person Ought to Commit Himself Into the Hands of God

     64. When We Cannot Attain to the Highest, We Must Practice the Humble Works

     65. A Man Ought Not to Consider Himself Worthy of Consolation, But Rather Deserving of Chastisement

     66. God's Grace Is Not Given to the Earthly Minded

     67. The Different Motions of Nature and Grace

     68. The Corruption of Nature and the Efficacy of Divine Grace

     69. We Ought to Deny Ourselves and Imitate Christ Through Bearing the Cross

     70. A Man Should Not Be Too Downcast When He Falls Into Defects

     71. High Matters and the Hidden Judgments of God Are Not to Be Scrutinized

     72. All Hope and Trust Are to Be Fixed In God Alone

     73. An Invitation to Holy Communion

     74. The Great Reverence With Which We Should Receive Christ

     75. God's Great Goodness and Love is Shown to Man in This Sacrament

     76. It Is Profitable to Receive Communion Often

     77. Many Blessings Are Given Those Who Receive Communion Worthily

     78. The Dignity of the Sacrament and of the Priesthood

     79. An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to Do Before Communion

     80. The Examination of Conscience and the Resolution to Amend

     81. The Offering of Christ on the Cross; Our Offering

     82. We Should Offer Ourselves and All That We Have to God, Praying for All

     83. Do Not Lightly Forego Holy Communion

     84. The Body of Christ and Sacred Scripture Are Most Necessary to a Faithful Soul

     85. The communicant Should Prepare Himself for Christ with Great Care

     86. With All Her Heart the Devout Soul Should Desire Union with Christ in the Sacrament

     87. The Ardent Longing of Devout Men for the Body of Christ

     88. The Grace of Devotion is Acquired Through Humility and Self-Denial

     89. We Should Show Our Needs to Christ and Ask His Grace

     90. The Burning Love and Strong Desire to Receive Christ

     91. Man Should Not Scrutinize This Sacrament in Curiosity, But Humbly Imitate Christ and Submit Reason to Holy Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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