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Imitation of Christ: 1, 10, Avoiding Idle Talk [Devotional]
Work of God.org ^ | 1441 | Thomas a Kempis

Posted on 09/13/2007 9:20:18 AM PDT by Salvation

Imitation of Jesus Christ - Avoiding Idle Talk  Avoiding Idle Talk

SHUN the gossip of men as much as possible, for discussion of worldly affairs, even though sincere, is a great distraction inasmuch as we are quickly ensnared and captivated by vanity.
Many a time I wish that I had held my peace and had not associated with men. Why, indeed, do we converse and gossip among ourselves when we so seldom part without a troubled conscience? We do so because we seek comfort from one another's conversation and wish to ease the mind wearied by diverse thoughts. Hence, we talk and think quite fondly of things we like very much or of things we dislike intensely. But, sad to say, we often talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasure effectively bars inward and divine consolation.
Therefore we must watch and pray lest time pass idly.
When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, say something that will edify.
Bad habits and indifference to spiritual progress do much to remove the guard from the tongue. Devout conversation on spiritual matters, on the contrary, is a great aid to spiritual progress, especially when persons of the same mind and spirit associate together in God.
Imitation of Jesus Christ - Avoiding Idle Talk


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Prayer; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist
For your thoughtful and prayerful meditation and response.
1 posted on 09/13/2007 9:20:19 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 09/13/2007 9:22:04 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
The Religion Moderator gave me permission to copy the rules from the Chambers' thread (with a few alterations) which I think are applicable. Thank you to the RM!

Come to these threads as you are; leave with what you have discovered.

Absolutely no flaming! These daily threads are intended to be devotional in nature. If a particular day's offering says nothing to you, please just go on and wait for the next day. Consider these threads a DMZ of sorts, a place where a perpetual truce is in effect and a place where all other arguments and disagreements from other times and places are left behind.

I can attest from personal experience (Salvation's)  that reading from Imitation of Christ daily will almost certainly change - not one's faith - but one's perspective of his/her own faith, and open up new vistas in your spiritual life. If - when - this happens to a reader of these threads, and they choose to share what has happened within them - we are treading on hallowed ground. Be respectful.

- Religion Moderator



3 posted on 09/13/2007 9:23:07 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Christ In The Garden Of Gethsemane art print by Heinrich Hofmann 

 

THE IMITATION OF CHRIST

BY

THOMAS KEMPIS

A very powerful spiritual guidance for the soul who seeks to imitate Jesus Christ. 

Learn from me, because I am meek and humble of heart. Mat. 11:29


4 posted on 09/13/2007 9:24:04 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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**But, sad to say, we often talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasure effectively bars inward and divine consolation.**

Lord, teach me to be humble and not talk vaily like this.


5 posted on 09/13/2007 9:25:49 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Great message. Thanks for posting.


6 posted on 09/13/2007 9:26:43 AM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: freedomson

**When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, say something that will edify.**

Yes, it is a wonderful message.


7 posted on 09/13/2007 9:28:06 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Rats!! There goes 75% of my time on FR. Now I’ll have to work. Thanks!!


8 posted on 09/13/2007 9:48:19 AM PDT by blue-duncan
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To: blue-duncan

LOl|! I thought about that too.


9 posted on 09/13/2007 9:49:30 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

“Give no ear to the slanderer’s talk nor let your talk run on in the fault-finder’s hearing, by readily speaking and listening to things against your neighbor; otherwise you will fall from divine charity and be found a foreigner to eternal life.” +Maximus the Confessor


10 posted on 09/13/2007 10:18:38 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Salvation
Hence, we talk and think quite fondly of things we like very much or of things we dislike intensely. But, sad to say, we often talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasure effectively bars inward and divine consolation.

Great wisdom there.

Therefore we must watch and pray lest time pass idly. When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, say something that will edify.

I miss that chance at least ten times a day.

11 posted on 09/13/2007 10:25:16 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Salvation

FreeRep is new to me and I’m enjoying it. Imagine my surprise to find a Kempis a regular contributor!!

Thanks for posting this sage admonishon. We all need it.


13 posted on 09/13/2007 10:45:29 AM PDT by jacero10 (All roads lead to Rome!)
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To: Salvation
Makes me think of the two verses my Hubby has posted on the screen of our IMac.

Proverbs 14:7-8--Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge. The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.

Proverbs 18:2--A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

I think he had some forms of FReeping in mind! ; )

14 posted on 09/13/2007 11:22:48 AM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: Kolokotronis

Great words from Maximus the Confessor.


15 posted on 09/13/2007 5:14:58 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Aquinasfan

**I miss that chance at least ten times a day,**

Something we can all work on. I know I like to be recognized and or edified. I think others do too. As long as it is sincere.


16 posted on 09/13/2007 5:16:13 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sandyeggo

**Why, indeed, do we converse and gossip among ourselves when we so seldom part without a troubled conscience? **

I have often logged off of Free Republic and wondered the same thing.

Yes, Kempis says these things so succinctly.


17 posted on 09/13/2007 5:17:55 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Tamar1973

**Proverbs 14:7-8—Leave the presence of a fool,**

I know a priest who will suddenly go quiet when someone gossips. He it continues, he just walks away from the conversation.

Wise words to have on the front of your computer.


18 posted on 09/13/2007 5:22:14 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Its hard, and ultimately pointless, seeing if one of the Fathers says something “better” than Thomas a Kempis. The reason I am posting these various snips from some of the Eastern Fathers is to demonstrate the precise similarity in spiritual instruction between what was being taught in the East and the West in earlier times in the Church.


19 posted on 09/13/2007 5:47:20 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis

Thanks for that. I thought your posts were extremely complimentary to the threads.


20 posted on 09/14/2007 7:26:48 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Imitation of Christ -- Foreword [Devotional]
Imitation of Christ, 1,1 - Imitating Jesus Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth [Devotional]
Imitation of Christ: 1,2, Having A Humble Opinion of Self [Devotional]
Imitation of Christ: 1, 3, The Doctrine of Truth [Devotional]
Imitation of Christ: 1, 4, Prudence in Action [Devotional]
Imitation of Christ, 1, 5, Reading the Holy Scripture [Devotional]
Imitation of Christ: 1, 6, Unbridled Affections [Devotional]

Imitation of Christ: 1, 7, Avoiding False Hope and Pride [Devotional]
Imitation of Christ: 1, 8, Shunning Over- Familiarity [Devotional]
Imitation of Christ: 1, 9, Obedience and Subjection [Devotional]
Imitation of Christ: 1, 10, Avoiding Idle Talk [Devotional]

21 posted on 09/14/2007 7:27:29 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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