I’ve been using Thomas a Kempis’ Imitation of Christ recently in the mornings just to get my heart and head in a better place before I do anything else. Here’s a section I read today which spoke to me personally, but also seemed a word as relevant today as when it was penned 600 years ago.
“This must be our chief concern – to conquer self, and by daily growing stronger than self, to advance in holiness . . . true learning is good in itself and ordained by God; but a good conscience and a holy life are always to be preferred. But because many are more eager to acquire much learning than to live well, they often go astray, and bear little or no fruit. If only such people were as diligent in the uprooting of vices and the planting of virtues as they are in the debating of problems, there would not be so many evils and scandals among the people, nor such laxity in communities. At the Day of Judgement, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done; not how eloquently we have spoken, but how holily we have lived.”