Friday, May 19, 2017

A Voice from the Past- Thomas a Kempis

"My Son, be not curious, nor trouble thyself with vain cares. What is that to thee? Follow thou Me.(John 21:12) For what is it to thee whether a man be this or that, or say or do thus or thus? Thou
hast no need to answer for others, but thou must give an answer for thyself. Why therefore dost thou entangle thyself? Behold, I know all men, and I behold all things which are done under the sun; and I know how it standeth with each one, what he thinketh, what he willeth, and to what end his thoughts reach. All things therefore are to be committed to Me; watch thou thyself in godly peace, and leave him who is unquiet to be unquiet as he will. Whatsoever he shall do or say, shall come unto him, for he cannot deceive Me.

Thomas a Kempis, 1389-1471, The Imitation of Christ, Book III, Chapter XXIV (translated by Rev, William Benham, Project Gutenburg, 1999).

Should we avoid too close an inquiry into other people's business? Is there a limit to this?

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