February 22, 1736 - The Imitation of Christ

HAPPY is the one to whom truth manifests itself, not in signs and words that fade, but as it actually is. Our opinions, our senses often deceive us and we discern very little.

What good is much discussion of involved and obscure matters when our ignorance of them will not be held against us on Judgment Day? Neglect of things which are profitable and necessary and undue concern with those which are irrelevant and harmful, are great folly.

We have eyes and do not see.

What, therefore, have we to do with questions of philosophy? We to whom the Eternal Word speaks is free from theorizing. For from this Word are all things and of God all things speak -- the Beginning Who also speaks to us. Without this Word no [one] understands or judges aright. We to whom it becomes everything, who traces all things to it and who sees all things in it, may ease our hearts and remain at peace with God.


O God, You Who are the truth, make me one with You in love everlasting. I am often wearied by the many things I hear and read, but in You is all that I long for. Let the learned be still, let all creatures be silent before You; You alone speak to me.

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