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The Imitation Of Christ - Thomas À Kempis

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The First Chapter: Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth

The Second Chapter: Having a Humble Opinion of Self

The Third Chapter: The Doctrine of Truth

The Fourth Chapter: Prudence in Action

The Fifth Chapter: Reading the Holy Scripture

The Sixth Chapter: Unbridled Affections

The Seventh Chapter: Avoiding False Hope and Pride

The Eighth Chapter: Shunning Over-Familiarity

The Ninth Chapter: Obedience and Subjection

The Tenth Chapter: Avoiding Idle Talk

The Eleventh Chapter: Acquiring Peace and Zeal for Perfection

The Twelfth Chapter: The Value of Adversity

The Thirteenth Chapter: Resisting Temptation

The Fourteenth Chapter: Avoiding Rash Judgment

The Fifteenth Chapter: Works Done in Charity

The Sixteenth Chapter: Bearing with the Faults of Others

The Seventeenth Chapter: Monastic Life

The Eighteenth Chapter: The Example Set Us by the Holy Fathers

The Nineteenth Chapter: The Practices of a Good Religious

The Twentieth Chapter: The Love of Solitude and Silence

The Twenty-First Chapter: Sorrow of Heart

The Twenty-Second Chapter: Thoughts on the Misery of Man

The Twenty-Third Chapter: Thoughts on Death

The Twenty-Fourth Chapter: Judgment and the Punishment of Sin

The Twenty-Fifth Chapter: Zeal in Amending our Lives

The First Chapter: Meditation

The Second Chapter: Humility

The Third Chapter: Goodness and Peace in Man

The Fourth Chapter: Purity of Mind and Unity of Purpose

The Fifth Chapter: Ourselves

The Sixth Chapter: The Joy of a Good Conscience

The Seventh Chapter: Loving Jesus Above All Things

The Eighth Chapter: The Intimate Friendship of Jesus

The Ninth Chapter: Wanting No Share in Comfort

The Tenth Chapter: Appreciating God's Grace

The Eleventh Chapter: Few Love the Cross of Jesus

The Twelfth Chapter: The Royal Road of the Holy Cross

The First Chapter: The Inward Conversation of Christ with the Faithful Soul

The Second Chapter: Truth Speaks Inwardly Without the Sound of Words

The Third Chapter: Listen Humbly to the Words of God. Many Do Not Heed Them

The Fourth Chapter: We Must Walk Before God in Humility and Truth

The Fifth Chapter: The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love

The Sixth Chapter: The Proving of a True Lover

The Seventh Chapter: Grace Must Be Hidden Under the Mantle of Humility

The Eighth Chapter: Self-Abasement in the Sight of God

The Ninth Chapter: All Things should be Referred to God as their Last End

The Tenth Chapter: To Despise the World and Serve God is Sweet

The Eleventh Chapter: The Longings of our Hearts Must Be Examined And Moderated

The Twelfth Chapter: Acquiring Patience in the Fight Against Concupiscence

The Thirteenth Chapter: The Obedience of One Humbly Subject to the Example of Jesus Christ

The Fourteenth Chapter: Consider the Hidden Judgments of God Lest You Become Proud of Your Own Good Deeds

The Fifteenth Chapter: How One Should Feel and Speak on Every Desirable Thing

The Sixteenth Chapter: True Comfort Is to Be Sought in God Alone

The Seventeenth Chapter: All Our Care is to Be Placed in God

The Eighteenth Chapter: Temporal Sufferings Should Be Borne Patiently, After the Example of Christ

The Nineteenth Chapter: True Patience in Suffering

The Twentieth Chapter: Confessing Our Weakness in the Miseries of Life

The Twenty-first Chapter: Above All Goods and All Gifts We Must Rest in God

The Twenty-Second Chapter: Remember the Innumerable Gifts of God

The Twenty-Third Chapter: Four Things Which Bring Great Peace

The Twenty-Fourth Chapter: Avoiding Curious Inquiry About the Lives of Others

The Twenty-Fifth Chapter: The Basis of Firm Peace of Heart and True Progress

The Twenty-Sixth Chapter: The Excellence of a Free Mind, Gained Through Prayer Rather Than By Study

The Twenty-Seventh Chapter: Self-Love is the Greatest Hindrance to the Highest Good

The Twenty-Eighth Chapter: Strength Against Slander

The Twenty-Ninth Chapter: How We Must Call Upon and Bless the Lord When Trouble Presses

The Thirtieth Chapter: The Quest of Divine Help and Confidence in Regaining Grace

The Thirty-First Chapter: To Find the Creator, Forsake All Creatures

The Thirty-Second Chapter: Self-Denial and the Renunciation of Evil Appetites

The Thirty-Third Chapter: Restlessness of Soul--Directing Our Final Intention Toward God

The Thirty-Fourth Chapter: God is Sweet Above All Things and in All Things to Those Who Love Him

The Thirty-Fifth Chapter: There is No Security from Temptation in This Life

The Thirty-Sixth Chapter: The Vain Judgments of Men

The Thirty-Seventh Chapter: Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart

The Thirty-Eighth Chapter: The Right Ordering of External Affairs; Recourse to God in Dangers

The Thirty-Ninth Chapter: A Man Should Not Be Unduly Solicitous About His Affairs

The Fortieth Chapter: Man Has No Good in Himself and Can Glory in Nothing

The Forty-First Chapter: Contempt for All Earthly Honor

The Forty-Second Chapter: Peace is Not to Be Placed in Men

The Forty-Third Chapter: Beware Vain and Worldly Knowledge

The Forty-Fourth Chapter: Do Not Be Concerned About Outward Things

The Forty-Fifth Chapter: All Men Are Not to Be Believed, for It Is Easy to Err in Speech

The Forty-Sixth Chapter: Trust in God Against Slander

The Forty-Seventh Chapter: Every Trial Must Be Borne for the Sake of Eternal Life

The Forty-Eighth Chapter: The Day of Eternity and the Distresses of This Life

The Forty-Ninth Chapter: The Desire of Eternal Life; the Great Rewards Promised to Those Who Struggle

The Fiftieth Chapter: How a Desolate Person Ought to Commit Himself Into the Hands of God

The Fifty-First Chapter: When We Cannot Attain to the Highest, We Must Practice the Humble Works

The Fifty-Second Chapter: A Man Ought Not to Consider Himself Worthy of Consolation, But Rather Deserving of Chastisement

The Fifty-Third Chapter: God's Grace Is Not Given to the Earthly Minded

The Fifty-Fourth Chapter: The Different Motions of Nature and Grace

The Fifty-Fifth Chapter: The Corruption of Nature and the Efficacy of Divine Grace

The Fifty-Sixth Chapter: We Ought to Deny Ourselves and Imitate Christ Through Bearing the Cross

The Fifty-Seventh Chapter: A Man Should Not Be Too Downcast When He Falls Into Defects

The Fifty-Eighth Chapter: High Matters and the Hidden Judgments of God Are Not to Be Scrutinized

The Fifty-Ninth Chapter: All Hope and Trust Are to Be Fixed In God Alone


The First Chapter: The Great Reverence With Which We Should Receive Christ

The Second Chapter: God's Great Goodness and Love is Shown to Man in This Sacrament

The Third Chapter: It Is Profitable to Receive Communion Often

The Fourth Chapter: Many Blessings Are Given Those Who Receive Communion Worthily

The Fifth Chapter: The Dignity of the Sacrament and of the Priesthood

The Sixth Chapter: An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to Do Before Communion

The Seventh Chapter: The Examination of Conscience and the Resolution to Amend

The Eighth Chapter: The Offering of Christ on the Cross; Our Offering

The Ninth Chapter: We Should Offer Ourselves and All That We Have to God, Praying for All

The Tenth Chapter: Do Not Lightly Forego Holy Communion

The Eleventh Chapter: The Body of Christ and Sacred Scripture Are Most Necessary to a Faithful Soul

The Twelfth Chapter: The Communicant Should Prepare Himself for Christ with Great Care

The Thirteenth Chapter: With All Her Heart the Devout Soul Should Desire Union with Christ in the Sacrament

The Fourteenth Chapter: The Ardent Longing of Devout Men for the Body of Christ

The Fifteenth Chapter: The Grace of Devotion is Acquired Through Humility and Self-Denial

The Sixteenth Chapter: We Should Show Our Needs to Christ and Ask His Grace

The Seventeenth Chapter: The Burning Love and Strong Desire to Receive Christ

The Eighteenth Chapter: Man Should Not Scrutinize This Sacrament in Curiosity, But Humbly Imitate Christ and Submit Reason to Holy Faith

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