A Kempis Hits Home

“Lighthearted and heedless of our defects, we do not feel the real sorrows of our souls, but often indulge in empty laughter when we have good reason to weep….A good man always finds enough over which to mourn and weep; whether he thinks of himself or of his neighbor he knows that no on lives here without suffering, and the closer he examines himself the more he grieves. The sins and vices in which we are so entangled that we can rarely apply ourselves to the contemplations of heaven are matters for just sorrow and inner remorse.”

Thomas A Kempis in the Imitation of Christ (XXI)

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