Week of September 4, 2022

A Note From Fr. Oswaldo


The imitation of Christ.


During this week, we will celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. Among the designs of God, is to be born of a woman and take the condition of man, that is why he prepared from eternity a woman who would be born immaculate, so that in her pure and holy womb the Son of God could be incarnated.


Imitate Christ in the humility of annihilating oneself, in loving humanity, not only from heaven, but becoming one more, similar in everything except sin.


“Who is the man who can know the designs of God? Who is he who can know what the Lord has in mind? The thoughts of mortals are insecure, and their reasoning can be mistaken, because a corruptible body makes the soul heavy and the clay of which we are made dulls the understanding.” (Wis 9, 13-19). “If anyone wants to follow me and does not prefer me to his father and mother, to his wife and children, to his brothers and sisters, indeed to himself, he cannot be my disciple. And he who does not bear his cross and follows me, he cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14, 25-).


This meditation leads me to remember the Work of Kempis, which helps us, in How to imitate Christ?


Thomás Hemerken de Kempis, was born in the city of Kempen, a city located northwest of Cologne (Germany) in 1380 and died in Zwollen, a city located northeast of Amsterdam in 1471. After various vicissitudes, he entered the order of Saint Augustine, and in the convents of this order, passed his life. The book the "Imitation of Christ", which is also known as a book, with the name of "Kempis". It is the main work of Thomas A Kempis, and it has been the most published Catholic book in the world after the Bible. Blessed Thomas A Kempis, throughout his life performed teaching functions, and it is very possible that the content of this book has been the material with which the author taught his young pupils in Monte Santa Inés. The first real publication of the book took place in 1418 and appeared anonymously. As the printing press was an invention of Johannes Gutenberg that appeared approximately twenty-two years later in 1440, the first distribution of the "Kempis" was very scarce since it was made by means of copies.


The work is divided into four books. Book I is entitled: Useful Advice for the Spiritual Life. Book II is entitled: Exhortations to live the interior life. Book III is entitled: Of interior consolation. Book IV is entitled: The Sacrament of the Altar.


La imitación de Cristo.


Durante esta semana, celebraremos la fiesta de la Natividad de la Virgen María. Entre los designios de Dios, está nacer de una mujer y tomar la condición de hombre, por eso preparó desde la eternidad a una mujer que nacería inmaculada, para que en su seno puro y santo pudiera encarnarse el Hijo de Dios.


Imitar a Cristo en la humildad de anonadarse, en amar a la humanidad, no solamente desde el cielo, sino haciéndose uno más, semejante en todo menos en el pecado.


“¿Quién es el hombre que puede conocer los designios de Dios? ¿Quién es el que puede saber lo que el Señor tiene dispuesto? Los pensamientos de los mortales son inseguros y sus razonamientos pueden equivocarse, porqueun cuerpo corruptible hace pesada el alma y el barro de que estamos hechos entorpece el entendimiento.” (Sab 9, 13-19). “"Si alguno quiere seguirme y no me prefiere a su padre y a su madre, a su esposa y a sus hijos, a sus hermanos y a sus hermanas, más aún, a sí mismo, no puede ser mi discípulo. Y el que no carga su cruz y me sigue, no puede ser mi discípulo.”( Lc 14, 25-).


Esta meditación, me lleva a recordar la Obra de Kempis, que nos ayuda, en ¿Cómo imitar a Cristo?.


Tomás Hemerken de Kempis, nació en la ciudad de Kempen ciudad situada al noroeste de Colonia (Alemania) en 1380 y falleció en Zwollen ciudad situada al noreste de Amsterdam en 1471. Tras diversas vicisitudes ingresó en la orden de San Agustín, y en los conventos de esta orden, transcurrió su vida. El libro la “Imitación de Cristo”, que también es conocido este libro, con el nombre de “Kempis”. Es la obra principal de Tomás de Kempis, y ha sido el libro católico más editado del mundo después de la Biblia El beato Tomás de Kempis, a lo largo de su vida realizó funciones docentes, y es muy posible que el contenido de este libro haya sido el material con el cual, el autor enseñaba a sus jóvenes pupilos en Monte Santa Inés.


Fr. Oswaldo Roche


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