<*}}}>< The Imitation of Christ number 6
- Book 1-Chapter 2 The Imitation
If you wish to learn and appreciate something worthwhile, then love
to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise
self is the best and most perfect counsel. To think of oneself as
nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best
and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or
commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do
not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail,
but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself.
There is such a beauty, such a blessed reward in being hidden, hidden
with Christ in God, this is the ideal of the contemplative life, but
also much of our intimacy and love of God whatever state of life we
are in, is actually that which is 'hidden ' as it is that which
passes between two lovers, God and the soul.
Self knowledge leads to great inner freedom as it allows us to see
how much God loves us, he knows us as no other.... how great is His
love for us poor sinners !!!
Always strive to put the best interpretation on the motivations of
others even if you are proved wrong, because often appearances are so
As it says in the letter of St John, if you see your brother sin,
pray for him and the sinner will receive life !
We are not to be judges but lovers !
Each and every person is worthy of respect, and as Thomas so wisely
says, we do not know when we shall fall, we are all frail, we all
carry our treasure in earthen vessels, we all need the mercy of God.
Lovingly, all your Sisters
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