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MONASTICISM



 

 

 

THE IMITATION OF CHRIST

(Master Geert Grote (1384) - Founder and guide of a lay monastic community better known as the Devotio Moderna, and known to us as the community that produced the classic "The Imitation of Christ" penned by Thomas a' Kempis.)

The members of his community did not take vows as religious do but merely resolutions and intentions based on the Commands of Christ and as explained by the Fathers of the Church, particularly St. John Cassian.) 

HOW TO ORDER MY LIFE TO THE GLORY, HONOR AND SERVICE OF GOD AND THE SALVATION OF MY SOUL; TO PUT NO TEMPORAL GOOD OF BODY, POSITION, FORTUNE, OR LEARNING AHEAD OF MY SOUL'S SALVATION.. 

I.   Learning first what is important. 

The first thing to do is to eliminate the desire for greater income and, in the future, any desire for any temporal gain;  for the more I have, the more I would want. 

The more worldly concerns I have the more I would have to attend to worldly people.  But this is to become all the more burdened down, and that is contrary to liberty of spirit, which is the principal good of the spiritual life.  For the affections then become bound to all sorts of worldly things and remain held in bondage to them.  Such affections infect the soul driving out peace of heart and tranquility of mind; and the worldly cares that come with them pollute and disturb the mind again and again.  The hunger for more of the world must be cut away.

If I wish to give generously, I just ought to give what I have.  I do not have to accumulate more to be able to give more.  It is pleasing to God if I give moderately from moderate means or much from great.  God considers the heart and not the amount.  The Lord preferred the widow's mite above the rich. 

The things I already have bind me with anxiety.  How much more if more is added to it.  Right now, I have enough for the ordinary needs of life and dignity. 

Never expose yourself to danger except in the service of God.  Serve no temporal lord in pursuit of gain.  

 

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(10-06-10)

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