One evening, I was just fixing books in our house (I’m just a guest) when I saw the name Thomas Kempis. It’s The Imitation of Christ! To my delight, I grabbed swiftly. It’s like the same reflex when want to slap a mosquito or I play a chess blitz game. That’s how fast my impulse is when I saw it. I can’t really describe how much excited I am that moment. My heart is beating fast. Maybe it’s the rush of emotions that I associated with it.
I first learned about it from the spiritual reflections of St. Therese of Lisieux. Hoping that it will have the same stirring to my soul, I’m set to finish it from this month of August until I go back to our novitiate (convent) this October.
So far, I just read three chapters in Book 1 and some skimming on some parts but I’m not rushing. That’s how to read a spiritual book. Take your time, reflect, read again, and write or talk about it. If you happen to know or heard about it, I don’t guarantee that you’ll like it. Written during the Vatican I times, I can see the context when it was written so some of the reflections are new and sometimes even alien to me. But no matter how new or striking the reflections are to me, it never fails to make my heart warm and inspired.
I’m not recommending you to read this book but I encourage you to do so.