Humility and the Elevation of the Mind to God

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This classic work from Thomas à Kempis, author of The Imitation of Christ, is now available in English for the first time.

It is a simple truth that, without the virtue of humility, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It simply cannot be done. Just as pride is the root and source of all sin, so is humility the foundational virtue in which all other virtues must be grounded if they are to bear fruit.

Ever since Lucifer’s pride prompted his rebellion from God and Heaven, it has been continuously forgotten that only humility can lead us back to Heaven and union with God. Pride, as we know, is the broad and easy road to Hell. Unfortunately, our world has lost the sense of sin because it has lost the sense of God and virtue, especially humility.

Humility is the heartbeat of the saints and the foundation of all virtues. It is the virtue that conforms us most closely to Christ. In this short but deeply rich book, the great spiritual master, Thomas à Kempis, will teach you the following:

  • The necessity of humility
  • How to cultivate humility
  • The manifestations of pride
  • How to elevate your mind to God
  • How to pray with humility and reverence

This timeless work also includes some of the most beautiful prayers ever written to God, the Blessed Mother, and the saints that will help you advance in virtue and pray with fervor.

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  • 5
    Essential reading for every Catholic!

    Posted by KAREN B. on Dec 19th 2022

    Essential reading for every Catholic!

  • 5
    Humility and 5he Elevation of the Mind

    Posted by Monique L. on Aug 17th 2022

    I enjoyed this book very much. It is great one for daily meditation. I enjoyed reading about Thomas …

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  • 5

    Posted by Rosemarie D. on Mar 20th 2022

    Excellent read, spiritually uplifting. I bought several of this title and gave them as gifts to fami…

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  • 5
    Its what we all need

    Posted by Anna T. on Mar 9th 2022

    I keep it with me every where I go. I also bought more and gave as gifts. Beautiful book and fits it…

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  • 5
    Loved it!

    Posted by Scott A. on Mar 9th 2022

    Loved it!

Editorial Review

Auxillary Bishop Schneider

Bishop Athanasius Schneider (Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Mary in Astana)

“Humility is the true foundation of our salvation, since God himself, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, demonstrated this virtue through His Incarnation and His sacrifice on the Cross, as it is summarized by St. Paul: “He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross” (Phil. 2: 7-8). Therefore, St. Augustine rightly said: “Almost the whole of Christian teaching is humility” (De Virginitate, 31). Into the Kingdom of Heaven will enter only the humble one, who is filled with supernatural charity and humility according to the example of Christ, as we read it in one of the central messages of the Gospel: “Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 18: 3-4). For all who desire to know the true spirit of the Gospel and to imitate Jesus Christ, the book of Thomas a Kempis on Humility is a spiritual help of a timeless value.”