The Imitation of Christ

Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, or Thomas À Kempis as he is now known

1. Thoughts Helpful in the Life of the Soul
  • IN PREPARING

  • 1.1 Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth

  • 1.2 Having a Humble Opinion of Self

  • 1.3 The Doctrine of Truth

  • 1.4 Prudence in Action

  • 1.5 Reading the Holy Scripture

  • 1.6 Unbridled Affections

  • 1.7 Avoiding False Hope and Pride

  • 1.8 Shunning Over-Familiarity

  • 1.9 Obedience and Subjection

  • 1.10 Avoiding Idle Talk

  • 1.11 Acquiring Peace and Zeal for Perfection

  • 1.12 The Value of Adversity

  • 1.13 Resisting Temptation

  • 1.14 Avoiding Rash Judgment

  • 1.15 Works Done in Charity

  • 1.16 Bearing with the Faults of Others

  • 1.17 Monastic Life

  • 1.18 The Example Set Us by the Holy Fathers

  • 1.19 The Practices of a Good Religious

  • 1.20 The Love of Solitude and Silence

  • 1.21 Sorrow of Heart

  • 1.22 Thoughts on the Misery of Man

  • 1.23 Thoughts on Death

  • 1.24 Judgment and the Punishment of Sin

  • 1.25 Zeal in Amending our Lives

  • 2. The Interior Life
  • 2.1 Meditation

  • 2.2 Humility

  • 2.3 Goodness and Peace in Man

  • 2.4 Purity of Mind and Unity of Purpose

  • 2.5 Ourselves

  • 2.6 The Joy of a Good Conscience

  • 2.7 Loving Jesus Above All Things

  • 2.8 The Intimate Friendship of Jesus

  • 2.9 Wanting No Share in Comfort

  • 2.10 Appreciating God's Grace

  • 2.11 Few Love the Cross of Jesus

  • 2.12 The Royal Road of the Holy Cross

  • 3. Internal Consolation
  • 3.1 The Inward Conversation of Christ with the Faithful Soul

  • 3.2 Truth Speaks Inwardly Without the Sound of Words

  • 3.3 Listen Humbly to the Words of God. Many Do Not Heed Them

  • 3.4 We Must Walk Before God in Humility and Truth

  • 3.5 The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love Truth

  • 3.6 The Proving of a True Lover

  • 3.7 Grace Must Be Hidden Under the Mantle of Humility