This podcast (12 minutes) contains and is based on most of "On the Loss of All Comfort" (Book 2, Chapter 9).
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(1) Don't allow ourselves to lose faith or perspective just because we are going through hard times.
(2) Don't allow ourselves to lose faith or perspective just because we are going through long, extended, hard times when we feel despair.
(3) Let's not portray ourselves to insiders (fellow pilgrims) or to outsiders as though we have never struggled with temptation, wavered in zeal, or felt the "withdrawal of divine favor." Thomas à Kempis was a realist, as well as an idealist. His example is well worth emulating.
Grace & Ungrace I (introduction, from Lamentations) -- Douglas Jacoby
Grace & Ungrace II -- Douglas & Vicki Jacoby
Grace & Ungrace III -- Douglas & Vicki Jacoby
Next: "On Bearing Injustices" (Book 3, Chapter 19 -- original title: Bearing Injuries is the Proof of True Patience") and "On Christ's Obedience to the Father" (Book 3, Chapter 13).