23 October 2009

From: Imitation of Christ

Thomas a Kempis says that the highest virtue, from which all other virtues stem, is humility. “If you want to learn something that will really help you, learn to see yourself as God sees you and not as you see yourself in the distorted mirror of your own self-importance. This is the greatest and most useful lesson we can learn: to know ourselves for what we truly are, to admit freely our weaknesses and failings, and to hold a humble opinion of ourselves because of them.”

Humility, Thomas says, allows us to embrace the suffering: “Plan as you like and arrange everything as best you can, yet you will always encounter some suffering whether you want to or not. Go wherever you will, you will always find the cross...”

  • Thomas a Kempis, from "Imitation of Christ"