Tuesday, July 31, 2012

These Words Terrify Me

A prayer from Thomas a Kempis in his famous Imitation of Christ.

"Let your presence wholly inflame me, consume and transform me into Yourself, that I may become one spirit with you by the grace of inward union and by the melting power of your ardent love... What wonder if I were completely inflamed by You to die to myself, since you are the fire ever burning and never dying, a love purifying the heart and enlightening the understanding."

This prayer is the heart of this blog and the purpose of Christian spirituality - the continual loss of self (evanesce) with an ever-increasing presence of Christ in us (emerge).

This prayer, also, scares me.

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