Challoner’s Reflection on The Imitation of Christ1
BOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSULTATION
CHAPTER LV.: The Corruption of Nature and the Efficacy of Divine Grace
Religion does two things: it shows us our misery, and points out to us the remedy for it; it teaches us that, of ourselves, we can do nothing towards our salvation, but that we can do all things in Him who strengthened us (Philippians 4:13). Let us learn then to humble ourselves, to feel our weakness, to enjoy, so to speak, our nothingness. When we shall have thrown aside every vain opinion of ourselves, and dug, to some extent, a deep pit in our hearts, a flood of graces will precipitate itself into it. Peace will be given to us on this earth: for who can trouble the peace of him who, forgetting himself and despising himself, depends only on God, and trusts only in God?
When I consider, O Lord, that Thou hast shed thy precious blood to obtain for me those graces which I reject or neglect, how am I covered with confusion, for having made so bad a use of them, and for having preferred even trifles before them 1 Well may the account I must one day give of all the inspirations which I have neglected, fill me with alarm and terror, and induce me henceforth to correspond with them faithfully, that I may not forfeit my salvation. Amen.
- Right Rev. R. Challoner, D.D., V.A., Imitation of Christ, Dublin: McGlashan and Gill, 1873 ↩