The Imitation of Christ: Introduction (7 mins)

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As usual, we have a great opportunity to start off the year with a focused podcast series. The 2019 series is built around Thomas à Kempis' Imitatio Christi. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the great persons of faith in Christian history.
  
Since the early 1400s, The Imitation of Christ has been a Christian classic -- for many centuries surpassed in printing and sales only by the Bible itself. Nor in its time was any book more translated into contemporary languages (apart from Scripture).

Imitation originally circulated as a series of devotional booklets, the earliest of which reached the public as early as 1420, a year or two after à Kempis began writing. Thomas à Kempis (Thomas Haemmerlein, 1380-1471) spent most of his life in Germany, spending 72 years of his life as a member of the Brothers of the Common Life at Mount St. Agnes Monastery. This work was originally written in Latin. For non-Latin readers there are numerous versions in modern languages. The Imitation has been available in English since 1696.

The Imitation consists of four books and 114 chapters. This is the original arrangement: 
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* BOOK ONE: Helpful Counsels for the Spiritual Life -- 25 chapters
* BOOK TWO: Directives for the Interior Life -- 12 chapters
* BOOK THREE: On Interior Consolation -- 59 chapters
* BOOK FOUR: On the Blessed Sacrament -- 18 chapters

(We will sample the chapters, reading selectively -- not studying the entire work in this series.)


The plan:
* I'll read the selection for the day.
* Scriptural connections will be pointed out.
* Practical application will follow (thought questions, personal challenges, prayer points).
* Most podcasts are 10-15 minutes in length.
* Ponder powerful à Kempis sayings.
* 31 podcasts in all.
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May this series help all who long for the heart of Christ to become more like him.

Direct link to podcasts (start going live on 1 Jan, 2019). 
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1 January, 2019 - "On Having the Mind of Christ" 
2 January, 2019 - "On Offering All of Ourselves to God"
3 January - "On Taking Up Jesus' Cross"
4 January - "The Royal Way of the Cross"
5 Jan - "On the Power of Divine Love"
6 Jan - "On the Intimate Love of Jesus"
7 - "On Fleeing from Futile Hope and Pride"
8 - "How Selfish Love Hinders Us" 
9 - "On How to Hear the Words of God"
10 - "Knowledge in Truth," "Wisdom in Action," and "Not Believing Everyone"
11 - "On Not Trusting Oneself" and "On Trusting God in Hidden Matters" 
12 - "On Human Misery" and "On Our Weakness" 
13 - "On the Loss of All Comfort"
14 - "Bearing Injuries is the Proof of True Patience" and 
           "On Christ's Obedience to the Father"
 15 - "On Obedience and Submission" and "On Earthly Affections"
 16 - "On the Many Benefits of Obedience," "On Self-Denial," and "On the Surrender of Self"
17 - "Not Becoming Overly Anxious in our Affairs" and "On the Holy Examples Before Us" 
 18 - "On the Guard of Humility" and "On Thinking Humbly of Oneself" 
 19 - "On Contempt of Vain and Worldly Knowledge" 
20 - "On the Confidence of Grace" 
 21 - "On Bearing with the Faults of Others" 
 22 - "On the Love of Solitude & Silence" and "On Seeking Peace of Mind" 
 23 - "On What Makes a Peaceable Person," "On A Pure Mind and Simple Intentions," and 
           "On the Joy of a Good Conscience" 
 24 - "On the Exercises of a Righteous Person" 
25 - "On the Reading of the Holy Scriptures"
 26 - "On No Security in this Life" and "On Avoiding Gossip" 
 27 - "On Resisting Temptation"
28 - "On Having a Sensitive Heart"
 29 - "On Desiring Eternal Life"
30 - "On Not Resting on God's Good Gifts," "On Delight Above All Things," and 
           "On the Free Spirit" 
31 - "On Meditating Upon Death," "On the Final Desire," and "On the Clear Day of Eternity"
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