Kempis provides simple wisdom on how to remain close to Jesus in prayer.
The book proved to be a major influence in the life of St. Thomas More and Dorothy Day. It was a book that Day returned to time and time again.
Here are five quotes from the The Imitation of Christ on how to maintain your friendship with Jesus.
It is a great art to know how to converse with Jesus, and great wisdom to know how to keep Him. Be humble and peaceful, and Jesus will be with you.
Be devout and calm, and He will remain with you.
Jesus Christ must be loved alone with a special love for He alone, of all friends, is good and faithful. For Him and in Him you must love friends and foes alike, and pray to Him that all may know and love Him.
You must bring to God a clean and open heart if you wish to attend and see how sweet the Lord is. Truly you will never attain this happiness unless His grace prepares you and draws you on so that you may forsake all things to be united with Him alone.
Calmly await the will of God and bear whatever befalls him in praise of Jesus Christ, for after winter comes summer, after night, the day, and after the storm, a great calm.
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