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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 24, 2020

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FRIDAY, July 24                           Thomas á Kempis

Romans 15:14 I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge, and able to instruct one another.

Thomas á Kempis wrote The Imitation of Christ, a spiritual handbook, between 1418 and 1427. Reflective of his vocation as a priest living in a community of other priests, his devotional meditations placed a strong focus on cultivating an interior spiritual life, with eucharist as the core, and did not give much importance to worldly involvements and concerns.

In our own imitations of Christ, living as his body in the Church, we are called to cultivate both an active interior life and ministries outside the walls of our buildings. The goals of our faith are to know Jesus more fully and to share the good news of God in Christ. As we seek to imitate Christ, we learn to navigate this shift in our church—and we perfect the practice of being community. It is through our connection that we reach fuller expressions of faith and maturity.

MOVING FORWARD: Read The Imitation of Christ between now and Labor Day.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Maseno East (Kenya), Upper South Carolina, and Hokkaido (Japan)

Ps 40, 54 * 51 | Joshua 9:22—10:15 | Romans 15:14-24 | Matthew 27:1-10



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