Meet Un-Canonized Thomas a’ Kempis



Bishop Maximilian started the cause for the beatification of Thomas à Kempis. But when the Bishop died in 1688, the beatification process came to a stop. 

Thomas is in good company, as millions of good common folk have passed on and will pass on without being canonized of formally recognized.  They are nonetheless saints, having humbly labored in steadfast love, knowing God knows their works.  

Excerpt from “Imitation of Christ”


“EVERY man naturally desireth to know; but what doth knowledge avail without the fear of God? Truly, a lowly rustic that serveth God is better than a proud philosopher who pondereth the courses of the stars, and neglecteth himself. 

  • He that knoweth himself, becometh vile to himself, and taketh no delight in the praises of men. 

  • If I knew all things that are in the world, and were not in charity, what would it profit me in the sight of God, Who will judge according to deeds? 

  • Cease from overweening desire of knowledge; because many distractions are found there, and much delusion.

  • Learned men are very willing to seem wise, and to be called so. 

  • Many are the things which it is of little or no profit to the soul to know. 

  • And he is very unwise who attendeth more earnestly to other things than to those which may serve for his salvation. 

  • Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life giveth ease to the mind, and a pure conscience affordeth great confidence towards God. 

  • The more thou knowest, and the better, so much the heavier will thy judgment therefore be, unless thy life be also more holy. 

  • Be not, then, lifted up for any skill or learning thou hast; but rather fear for the knowledge that is given thee. 

  • If it seem to thee that thou knowest many things, and understandest them well enough; know for all that, the things thou art ignorant of are still more. 

  • Be not high-minded, but rather acknowledge thine ignorance. 

  • Why wouldst thou prefer thyself to another, when there may be found many more learned and better versed in the Law than thou! 

  • If thou wouldst acquire knowledge and learn anything to the purpose, love to be unknown, and to be esteemed as nothing. 

  • The highest and most useful lesson we can learn is this: To know truly and to look down upon ourselves. 

  • To think nothing of ourselves, and I always to judge well and highly of others, is great wisdom and high perfection. 

  • If thou shouldst see another openly do wrong, or commit some grievous sins, thou need est not think thyself better; for thou knowest not how long thou mayest be able to persevere in well-doing. 

We are all frail; but see thou think none more frail than thyself. […]”


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