“It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing.  It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well.  These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory.  When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God who sees our hearts.  Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men.”

(Thomas a Kempis, “The Value of Adversity,” The Imitation of Christ, p9, original pub. 1418, Dover Ed. 2003)

 

Thomas a Kempis on the Value of Adversity

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