Monday, July 11, 2005

Thomas A Kempis

Not as to What We Have Read

What does it avail to discourse profoundly of the Trinity if you are void of humility and are thereby displeasing to the Trinity? Surely profound words do not make a man holy and just; but a virtuous life makes him dear to God. I would rather feel contrition than know the definition thereof. If you knew the whole Bible by heart, and the saying of all the philosophers, what would all that profit you without love (I Cor. 13:12)?

Truly when the day of judgment comes, we shall not be examined as to what we have read, but what we have done (Matt. 25); not how well we have spoken, but how we have lived.

Thomas a Kempis