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Pure of Heart


Written by Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471) a German-Dutch canon and author.  This is an excerpt from his book “The Imitation of Christ.”

Wait a little, my soul, wait for the divine promise, and you will have more than enough of all good things in heaven. If your appetite for present things is excessive you may lose eternal and heavenly ones. Use the things of the world, but long for the things of eternity. You cannot be fully satisfied by material possessions, for you are simply not made to enjoy them. Even if you owned every good thing in the world you would not be happy and blessed, for your blessedness and joy is in God, who created all those things. Your happiness is not what is seen and admired by others but in what the good and faithful followers of Christ seek. Your happiness is in what the spiritual and pure of heart, those whose citizenship is in heaven, sometimes experience in this life, though it is meant for the next.


This prayer is from the Gelasian Sacramentary, a book of Christian liturgy that is the oldest western liturgical book that has survived. It is linked to Pope Gelasius and was compiled near Paris around 750.

O God,

in your deep counsel

and foresight for humanity,

you sent your Son to heal the hearts of the weak

and purify our souls and bodies.

You are the Savior of body and soul.

You are the loving bestower of eternal happiness! Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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