The Imitation of Christ

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THE IMITATION OF CHRIST

by Thomas À Kempis

Foreward


Book I: Thoughts Helpful in the Life of the Soul

IOC I-1: Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth

IOC I-2: Having a Humble Opinon of Self

IOC I-3: The Doctrine of Truth

IOC I-4: Prudence in Action

IOC I-5: Reading the Holy Scripture

IOC I-6: Unbridled Affections

IOC I-7: Avoiding False Hope and Pride

IOC I-8: Shunning Over-Familiarity

IOC I-9: Obedience and Subjection

IOC I-10: Avoiding Idle Talk

IOC I-11: Acquiring Peace and Zeal for Perfection

IOC I-12: The Value of Adversity

IOC I-13: Resisting Temptation

IOC I-14: Avoiding Rash Judgment

IOC I-15: Works Done in Charity

IOC I-16: Bearing with the Faults of Others

IOC I-17: Monastic Life

IOC I-18: The Example Set Us by the Holy Fathers

IOC I-19: The Practices of a Good Religious

IOC I-20: The Love of Solitude and Silence

IOC I-21: Sorrow of Heart

IOC I-22: Thoughts on the Misery of Man

IOC I-23: Thoughts on Death

IOC I-24: Judgment and the Punishment of Sin

IOC I-25: Zeal in Amending Our Lives


Book II: The Interior Life

IOC II-1: Meditation

IOC II-2: Humility

IOC II-3: Goodness and Peace in Man

IOC II-4: Purity of Mind and Unity of Purpose

IOC II-5: Ourselves

IOC II-6: The Joy of a Good Conscience

IOC II-7: Loving Jesus Above All Things

IOC II-8: The Intimate Friendship of Jesus

IOC II-9: Wanting No Share in Comfort

IOC II-10: Appreciating God's Grace

IOC II-11: Few Love the Cross of Jesus

IOC II-12: The Royal Road of the Holy Cross


Book III: Internal Consolation

IOC III-1: The Inward Conversation of Christ with the Faithful Soul

IOC III-2: Truth Speaks Inwardly without the Sound of Words

IOC III-3: Listen Humbly to the Words of God Many do not Heed Them

IOC III-4: We Must Walk before God In Humility and Truth

IOC III-5: The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love

IOC III-6: The Proving of a True Lover

IOC III-7: Grace Must be Hidden under the Mantle of Humility

IOC III-8: Self-Abasement in the Sight of God

IOC III-9: All Things Should be Referred to God as Their Last End

IOC III-10: To Despise the World and Serve God is Sweet

IOC III-11: The Longings of our Hearts Must be Examined and Moderated

IOC III-12: Acquiring Patience in the Fight against Concupiscence

IOC III-13: The Obedience of One Humbly Subject to the Example of Jesus Christ

IOC III-14: Consider the Hidden Judgments of God Lest You Become Proud of Your Own Good Deeds

IOC III-15: How One Should Feel and Speak on Every Desirable Thing

IOC III-16: True Comfort is to be Sought in God Alone

IOC III-17: All Our Care is to be Placed in God

IOC III-18: Temporal Sufferings Should be Borne Patiently after the Example of Christ

IOC III-19: True Patience in Suffering

IOC III-20: Confessing Our Weakness in the Miseries of Life

IOC III-21: Above All Goods and All Gifts We Must Rest in God

IOC III-22: Remember the Innumerable Gifts of God

IOC III-23: Four Things Which Bring Great Peace

IOC III-24: Avoiding Curious Inquiry About the Lives of Others

IOC III-25: The Basis of Firm Peace of Heart and True Progress

IOC III-26: The Excellence of a Free Mind, Gained Through Prayer Rather Than by Study

IOC III-27: Self-Love is the Greatest Hindrance to the Highest Good

IOC III-28: Strength Against Slander

IOC III-29: How We Must Call Upon and Bless the Lord When Trouble Presses

IOC III-30: The Quest of Divine Help and Confidence in Regaining Grace

IOC III-31: To Find the Creator, Forsake All Creatures

IOC III-32: Self-Denial and the Renunciation of Evil Appetites

IOC III-33: Restlessness of Soul -- Directing Our Final Intention Toward God

IOC III-34: God is Sweet Above All Things and in All Things to Those Who Love Him

IOC III-35: There is No Security from Temptation in This Life

IOC III-36: The Vain Judgements of Men

IOC III-37: Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart

IOC III-38: The Right Ordering of External Affairs; Recourse to God in Dangers

IOC III-39: A Man Should Not be Unduly Solicitious About His Affairs

IOC III-40: Man has No Good in Himself and Can Glory in Nothing

IOC III-41: Contempt for all Earthly Honor

IOC III-42: Peace is Not to be Placed in Men

IOC III-43: Beware Vain and Worldly Knowledge

IOC III-44: Do Not be Concerned About Outward Things

IOC III-45: All Men are Not to be Believed, For It is Easy to Err in Speech

IOC III-46: Trust in God Against Slander

IOC III-47: Every Trial Must be Borne for the Sake of Eternal Life

IOC III-48: The Day of Eternity and the Distresses of This Life

IOC III-49: The Desire of Eternal Life; the Great Rewards Promised to Those Who Struggle

IOC III-50: How a Desolate Person Ought to Commit Himself into the Hands of God

IOC III-51: When We Cannot Attain to the Highest, We Must Practice the Humble Works

IOC III-52: A Man Ought Not to Consider Himself Worthy of Consolation, but Rather Deserving of Chastisement

IOC III-53: God's Grace is Not Given to the Earthly Minded

IOC III-54: The Different Motions of Nature and Grace

IOC III-55: The Corruption of Nature and the Efficacy of Divine Grace

IOC III-56: We Ought to Deny Ourselves and Imitate Christ throught Bearing the Cross

IOC III-57: A Man Should Not be too Downcast When He Falls into Defects

IOC III-58: High Matters and the Hidden Judgements of God are Not to be Scrutinized

IOC III-59: All Hope and Trust are to be Fixed in God Alone


Book IV: An Invitation to Holy Communion

IOC IV-1: The Great Reverencee with which We Should Receive Christ

IOC IV-2: God's Great Goodness and Love is Shown to Man in This Sacrament

IOC IV-3: It is Profitable to Receive Communion Often

IOC IV-4: Many Blessings are Given Those Who Receive Communion Worthily

IOC IV-5: The Dignity of the Sacrament and of the Priesthood

IOC IV-6: An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to do before Communion

IOC IV-7: The Examination of Conscience and the Resolution to Amend

IOC IV-8: The Offering of Christ on the Cross; Our Offering

IOC IV-9: We Should Offer Ourselves and All that We Have to God, Praying for All

IOC IV-10: Do Not Lightly Forego Holy Communion

IOC IV-11: The Body of Christ and Sacred Scripture are Most Necessary to a Faithful Soul

IOC IV-12: The Communicant Should Prepare Himself for Christ with Great Care

IOC IV-13: With All Her Heart the Devout Soul Should Desire Union with Christ in the Sacrament

IOC IV-14: The Ardent Longing of Devout Men for the Body of Christ

IOC IV-15: The Grace of Devotion is Acquired through Humility and Self-Denial

IOC IV-16: We Should Show Our Needs to Christ and Ask His Grace

IOC IV-17: The Burning Love and Strong Desire to Receive Christ

IOC IV-18: Man Should Not Scrutinize This Sacrament in Curiosity, but Humbly Imitate Christ and Submit Reason to Holy Faith

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