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1910 New Catholic Dictionary

Imitation of Christ

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A devotional book sometimes called the "Following of Christ," published anonymously in 1418. Its authorship, once in dispute, is now attributed to Thomas a Kempis, a Canon of Windesheim, Netherlands, whose autographed manuscript of the work appeared in 1441. It is a series of counsels of perfection written in Latin in a familiar style, and divided into four books:

  1. Useful admonitions for a spiritual life
  2. Admonitions concerning spiritual things
  3. Of interior consolation
  4. Of the Blessed Sacrament, usually omitted in Protestant editions

It aims to instruct the soul in Christian perfection with Christ as the Divine Model and, next to the Bible, is perhaps the most widely read spiritual book in the world.


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Entry for 'Imitation of Christ'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ncd/i/imitation-of-christ.html. 1910.

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