Opera Thomae a Campis, cognomento Malleoli, viri pientissimi et religiosissimi sub canone diui patris Augustini, aucta, & diligentius recognita, suaque serie reposita. Quibus hac editione accesserunt aliquot tractatus, ad vitae spiritualis perfectionem mirum in modum facientes, quorum catalogum post epistolam nucupatoriam reperies. ..
Although the world wide popularity of the “Imitation of Christ” has somewhat thrown into the shade the other works of Thomas à Kempis, no apology is needed for the publication of a revised edition of the “Soliloquy of the Soul.” Its authorship has never been disputed, and internal evidence—perhaps the best amid the interminable disputes on the subject—unhesitatingly decides that the “Soliloquy” and the “Imitation” are by one and the same hand. They are, as Dean Milman observed, more than kindred in thought and language. The same spirit of exalted piety and of fervent devotion, making use of the sublime imagery of the inspired writers of the Old Testament, is conspicuous in both works. Aeterna Press
It is a matter for wonder, that so few of the works of the B. Thomas à Kempis are known to the English reader; and this the more, that they all breathe the same meek and warm spirit of piety and devotion we meet with in that golden book attributed so popularly to his name, and this moreover to such an extent, that it is difficult to believe that there should ever have been any hardy enough to deny, that the author of these, and of “The Imitation of Christ,” were identical. Aeterna Press
If we would really honor Jesus Christ, we must apply ourselves to know Him, to love Him, and to follow Him in the practice of every Christian virtue. This is absolutely necessary for salvation, as we cannot become true Christians but by knowing, loving, and following Christ. To pretend to please our Blessed Savior by a profound knowledge of His Divinity, without endeavoring to follow His example, without living as He lived, would be most dangerously to delude ourselves. Aeterna Press
The appearance of à Kempis’s “Lives of Gerard Groote and his Followers,” in an English garb, should be hailed by Catholics with satisfaction. The translation bas been very carefully revised by the Prior of Downside, Fr. Leo Almond, O.S.B., and naught will be found in it but what is edifying. I trust that the book will have a wide circulation, Presenting, as it does, one of the brightest Pages in the history of an age in which there is much that is sombre. Aeterna Press
A new critical text of the “Omnia Opera” of Thomas à Kempis is being edited by Dr. M. Joseph Pohl, of Bonn, in seven volumes, of which four have already appeared, and the remainder are to be issued in the course of 1907. An eighth volume is to contain a life of the author, a dissertation on his various writings, and a vindication of his title to the “Imitation” by the same industrious hand. The publishers, Messrs. Herder, are doing their work in a way worthy of the subject matter, and of the painstaking toil of the editor; their volumes are a pleasure to behold and handle, a masterpiece of the printer’s and the bookbinder’s art, a contrast indeed to the unwieldy tomes and cramped letterpress, to which, apart from the “Imitation,” students of the Ven. à Kempis have hitherto been accustomed. Aeterna Press
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