Jesus answered and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep my word. And my Father will love him and we will come to him and will make our abode with him. He that love me not keep not my words. And the word which you have heard is not mine; but the Father’s who sent me. (Jn14:23-24)
The kingdom of God is within you, saith the Lord. Turn thee with all thine heart to the Lord and forsake this miserable world, and thou shalt find rest unto thy soul. Learn to despise outward things to give thyself to the things inward, and Thous shall see the kingdom of God come within thee. For the kingdom of God is peace and joy in the holy Ghost, and is not given to the wicked. Christ will come to thee and show thee His consolation…..
Go to faithful soul, prepare thy heart for this bridegroom the he may vouchsafe to come to thee and dwell within thee, for so He says, “if any many loves me he will keep my words, And my Father will love him and we will come to him and will make our abode with him.” Give therefore, place to Christ and refuse entrance to others. When thou hast Christ thou art rich and hast sufficient. He shall be thy provider and faithful watchman in all things, so that thou hast no need to trust in men, for men soon change and swiftly pass away, but Christ remains for ever and stands by us firmly event to the the end.
by Thomas A Kempis, The Imitation of Christ , a source of heart-felt personal prayer. These meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, written in times even more troubled and dangerous than our own, have become second only to the Bible as a guide and inspiration. His book had been published in over 6000 editions by 1900 – more than one per month for 500 years. It has been called the most-published of all books other than the Bible
A work of spiritual devotion, also sometimes called the “Following of Christ”. Its purpose is to instruct the soul in Christian perfection with Christ as the Divine Model. It consists of a series of counsels of perfection written in Latin in a familiar and even colloquial style, and is divided into four parts or books:
- Useful admonitions for a spiritual life,
- Admonitions concerning spiritual things;
- Of interior consolation;
- Of the Blessed Sacrament
Daily indulgence: An indulgence on the usual conditions S.P. Ind., Feb 27,1886,S.P. Ap., Dec 17,1932.
Grant me Thy grace, most merciful Jesus, that it may be with me and work with me and persevere with me even to the end. Grant that I may always desire and will that which is to Thee most acceptable and most dear. Let Thy will be mine, and let my will ever follow Thine and agree perfectly with it. Let my willing and not willing be all one with Thine, and let me no be able to will not will anything else but what Thou will or will not. #98, RACCOLTA pg.45Teach me, Oh Lord, to do thy will, for Thou art my God. (Ps143:10) “Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God. Thy good spirit shall lead me into the right land:”