Monday, May 23, 2005
 
KNOW THYSELF

Whenever a man desireth anything inordinately, he becomes restless in himself. The proud and the covetous can never rest. The poor and humble in spirit live together in all peace.

The man that is not yet perfectly dead to himself, is quickly tempted and overcome in small and trifling things. The weak in spirit, and he that is yet in a manner carnal and delights in the pleasures of the senses, can hardly withdraw himself altogether from earlthly desires. He is often afflicted when he withdraws himself from them, and easily falleth into anger when any opposition is made against him.

True quietness of heart therefore is gotten by resisting our passions, not by obeying them. There is then no peace in the heart of a carnal man, or in him that is addicted to outward things, but in the spiritual and devout man.

Thomas a Kempis 1380-1471


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