Friday, March 19, 2010

Thomas a Kempis

In preparing for Sunday's topic "Joy in Imitation" I had a quick squint at The Imitation of Christ. I came across this rather telling observation.

If men used as much care in uprooting vices and implanting virtues as they do in discussing problems, there would not be so much evil and scandal in the world, or such laxity in religious organizations. On the day of judgment, surely, we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done; not how well we have spoken but how well we have lived.

Who would have thought that there was ever a time in our history when we talked too much and acted too little, when we were more concerned with reading about the scandals of the lives of others and passing judgement on them, that we were about implanting virtues.


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