April 1, 2012: The Sixth Sunday of Lent

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

On Sundays in Lent, this blog will adopt a different approach. Instead of a devotional reading of Scripture, you will find a quote from the Christian classic, The Imitation of Christ. These passages will be selected to go along with the themes of Lent: fasting, repentance, prayer, and service. Our faith is one of action; allow these selections and the Holy Spirit to move you accordingly.

“How great is the frailty of human nature which is ever prone to evil! Today you confess your sins, and tomorrow you again commit the sins which you confessed. One moment you resolve to be careful, and yet after an hour you act as though you had made no resolution.

“We have cause, therefore, because of our frailty and feebleness, to humble ourselves and never think anything great of ourselves. Through neglect we may quickly lose that which by God’s grace we have acquired only through long, hard labor. What, eventually, will become of us who so quickly grow lukewarm? Woe to us if we presume to rest in peace and security, when actually there is no true holiness in our lives It would be beneficial for us, like good novices, to be instructed once more in the principles of a good life, to see if there be hope of amendment and greater spiritual progress in the future.”

Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ: “Thoughts on the Misery of Man.”  Translated by Aloysius Croft and Harold Bolton. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004.

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