The “Imitation of Christ” on Diligence in Acquiring Virtue

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 2, 2015 | No Comments | In Faith and Virtue Quotes

Remember the purpose you have undertaken, and keep in mind the image of the Crucified.  Even though you may have walked for many years on the pathway to God, you may well be ashamed if, with the image of Christ before you, you do not try to make yourself still more like Him.  Always remember your end and do not forget that lost time never returns.  Without care and diligence you will never acquire virtue.  When you begin to grow lukewarm, you are falling into the beginning of evil; but if you give yourself to fervor, you will find peace and will experience less hardship because of God’s grace and the love of virtue.  A fervent and diligent man is ready for all things.  It is greater work to resist vices and passions than to sweat in physical toil.  He who does not overcome small faults, shall fall little by little into grater ones. (Book 1, Ch. 25)

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