Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 25., cont.
But if thou
observest any thing worthy of reproof, beware thou do not the same. And
if at any time thou hast done it, labor quickly to amend thyself. As
thine eye observeth others, so art thou by others noted again.
How sweet and pleasant a thing it is, to see brethren fervent and
devout, obedient and well-disciplined! How sad and grievous a thing it
is, to see them walk disorderly, not applying themselves to that for
which they are called! How hurtful a thing it is, when they neglect the
purpose of their calling and busy themselves in things not committed to
Be mindful of the purpose thou hast embraced, and set always before
thee the image of the Crucified. Good cause thou hast to be ashamed in
looking upon the life of Jesus Christ, seeing thou hast not as yet
endeavored to conform thyself more unto Him, though thou hast been a
long time in the way of God. A religious person that exercizeth himself
seriously and devoutly in the most holy life and passion of our Lord,
shall there abundantly find whatsoever is profitable and necessary for
him, neither shall he need to seek any better thing, besides Jesus. O
if Jesus crucified would come into our hearts, how quickly and fully
should we be. A man fervent and diligent is prepared for all things.
It is harder toil to resist vices and passions, than to sweat in bodily
labors. He that avoideth not small faults, by little and little falleth
into greater. Thou wilt always rejoice in the evening, if thou spend
the day profitably. Be watchful over thyself, stir up thyself, warn
thyself, and whatsoever becometh of others, neglect not thyself. The
more violent thou uses against thyself, the more shalt thou progress.
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