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The Chronicle of the Canons Regular of Mount St. Agnes   By: (1380?-1471)

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In The Chronicle of the Canons Regular of Mount St. Agnes, Thomas Kempis presents a captivating account of the life and spiritual journey of a group of canons regular in the late medieval period. Drawing upon his firsthand experiences as a member of the religious community, Kempis offers readers a rare glimpse into the daily routines, contemplative practices, and inner struggles of these devout men.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is the depth of introspection that Kempis reveals in his writing. With a keen eye for observation, he delves into the hearts and minds of the canons regular, exposing their doubts, fears, and aspirations. Through this lens, the author invites readers to reflect upon their own spirituality and encourages them to seek a closer relationship with God.

Kempis's prose is elegant and poetic, transporting readers to the tranquil setting of the Mount St. Agnes monastery. His descriptions of the natural surroundings and the simple beauty of monastic life are vivid and evocative. Moreover, his portrayal of the community's dedication to prayer, contemplation, and communal living serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of solitude and silence in the spiritual journey.

While the book primarily focuses on the monastic life, Kempis also explores broader themes of human nature and the challenges faced by individuals in their quest for holiness. He skillfully weaves together personal anecdotes, biblical references, and theological reflections to offer profound insights into the spiritual life. Readers will find themselves reflecting on their own struggles and aspirations, as they journey alongside the canons regular.

Although The Chronicle of the Canons Regular of Mount St. Agnes is a work deeply rooted in Christian spirituality, it transcends religious boundaries. Its message of introspection, self-discipline, and the pursuit of a meaningful life speaks to individuals of all faith backgrounds or even those without religious affiliations. Kempis's wisdom has a universal appeal and offers valuable guidance for anyone seeking a more fulfilling existence.

In conclusion, The Chronicle of the Canons Regular of Mount St. Agnes is a thought-provoking and inspiring book that invites readers to explore the depths of their own spirituality. Kempis's exquisite writing, coupled with his profound insights, make this chronicle a timeless classic. Through the lives of the canons regular, he illuminates a path towards inner peace, faith, and communion with the divine. Whether the reader is well-versed in spirituality or simply seeking a greater sense of purpose, this book will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact.

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This eBook was produced by Les Bowler from the 1906 Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd. edition.

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The Chronicles of the Canons Regular of Mount St. Agnes written by Thomas A Kempis. Translated by J. P. Arthur.


[Dedication in Greek which cannot be reproduced].





I. Of the first founders of the Monastery at Mount St. Agnes, and how Master Gerard Groote first pointed out this place to them.

II. Of the building of the first House on Mount St. Agnes.

III. Concerning the names of the first Brothers and their labours.

IV. Of the scanty food and raiment of the Brothers, and how wondrously God did provide for them.

V. Of the consecration of the first chapel and altar at Mount St. Agnes.

VI. Of the year and place in which the first four Brothers were invested.

VII. How the monastery was removed from Westerhof to Mount St. Agnes.

VIII. How John Kempen was chosen as the first prior of Mount St. Agnes.

IX. How the Burial ground at Mount St. Agnes was consecrated.

X. Of the Brothers who were invested by John of Kempen, the first Prior.

XI. Of the death of Brother Wolfard, Priest in the Monastery of Mount St... Continue reading book >>

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