More from The Imitation of Christ

MY CHILD, in this life you are never safe, and as long as you live, the weapons of the spirit will ever be necessary to you. You dwell among enemies. You are subject to attack from the right and the left. If, therefore, you do not guard yourself from every quarter with the shield of patience, you will not remain long unscathed.
Moreover, if you do not steadily set your heart on Me, with a firm will to suffer everything for My sake, you will not be able to bear the heat of this battle or to win the crown of the blessed. You ought, therefore, to pass through all these things bravely and to oppose a strong hand to whatever stands in your way. For to him who triumphs heavenly bread is given, while for him who is too lazy to fight there remains much misery.
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If you look for rest in this life, how will you attain to everlasting rest? Dispose yourself, then, not for much rest but for great patience. Seek true peace, not on earth but in heaven; not in men or in other creatures but in God alone. For love of God you should undergo all things cheerfully, all labors and sorrows, temptations and trials, anxieties, weaknesses, necessities, injuries, slanders, rebukes, humiliations, confusions, corrections, and contempt. For these are helps to virtue. These are the trials of Christ’s recruit. These form the heavenly crown. For a little brief labor I will give an everlasting crown, and for passing confusion, glory that is eternal.
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Do you think that you will always have spiritual consolations as you desire? My saints did not always have them. Instead, they had many afflictions, temptations of various kinds, and great desolation. Yet they bore them all patiently. They placed their confidence in God rather than in themselves, knowing that the sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to come. And you—do you wish to have at once that which others have scarcely obtained after many tears and great labors?
Wait for the Lord, act bravely, and have courage. Do not lose trust. Do not turn back but devote your body and soul constantly to God’s glory. I will reward you most plentifully. I will be with you in every tribulation.

4 Replies to “More from The Imitation of Christ”

  1. During this time of Great Apostasy, where the majority of Catholic laypersons and the hierarchy and prelates have abandoned the one, true Catholic faith, for us as individuals it is necessary, more than ever, to keep focused on Christ and to daily, take up whatever crosses He chooses to lay upon us as signs of His love as those faithful to Him and His teachings know we are to suffer greatly in this world ruled by the servants of Satan. It is most tragic that we have few true shepherds to guide us and as the wolves gain more strength and continue teaching and preaching diabolic disorientations, claiming to speak in the name of Christ, we must pray with more ardor and faith than we have ever thought we needed to save ourselves and our children, for these false prophets have done all they can to try to destroy our faith and our souls.

    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.-May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust down to hell Satan and all wicked spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
    Have mercy on us.

  2. Yesterday at work this thought kept running thru my mind:”Bear all things with patience and love. ” This AM I happened to read this email you wrote!
    Thank you.

  3. Thank you for this post. It is very edifying, and we need to come back to it often in these daily battles fighting the spiritual battle.

  4. This is a great blessing for me.
    Today is New Years Day. Last night at midnight, my mind was not on merriment & celebration. Rather, I felt the strong need to pray, pray very hard for God’s Mercy on myself my family and the WHOLE WORLD too. I have the book “The Imitation of Christ” which you quoted above. However, now is the perfect time to re-read it.
    Thank you Father. God be with you!!
    Also I enjoyed everyone’s comments greatly. You each said what I felt too.
    Jesus, Mary and Joseph
    Pray for us!

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