Saturday, January 15, 2005
The perfect victory is to triumph over yourself. If you overcome yourself, you will very easily overcome all other things.
If you desire to climb to this height, you must set out courageously and lay the axe to the root, that you may pluck up and destroy both the hidden inordinate inclination of the self, and the love of private and earthly things. Whatever else is to be done, almost all depends upon the problem of inordinately loving ourselves. Once this evil is vanquished and subdued, peace and tranquility will soon follow.
But because few endeavor to perfectly die to themselves and altogether to come out of themselves, they remain entangled in themselves and cannot be elevated in spirit above themselves. But he that desires to walk freely with Jesus Christ must motify all perverse and inordinate affections, and should not love anything else more than Christ. For he that keeps his sensual affections obedient to reason, and his reason in all things obedient to Jesus Christ is a person who is truly conquerer of himself, and lord of the world.
Thomas a Kempis, circa 1400, paraphrased
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