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My friend, let go of yourself and you will find me. If you wholly give yourself into my hands and take nothing back, you shall have me.

Some persons surrender themselves to me, but they hold something back. They do not trust me fully, and go on trying to provide for themselves.

Others, at the beginning, offer all of themselves to me, but when a difficult time comes, they put their trust back in themselves. Such persons will never know perfect peace and freedom of heart.

Give all for all and hold back nothing.

Stand purely and strongly and steadfastly in me and you shall have me. You shall be so free in heart and in soul that darkness shall never have power over you.

Seek out, study, pray for this freedom of spirit that I speak of. Seek always in our heart to be free of everything that binds you, that in love you may die to yourself and to all worldly things and blessedly live in me.

If you do this, all unimportant questions shall fail and fade and go away. Crippling fear and misplaced love shall die in you. You shall live in me and I in you.

The Imitation of Christ: a Kempis






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