Thomas à Kempis

1380 - Jul 25, 1471

Thomas à Kempis was a German-Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period and the author of The Imitation of Christ, one of the most popular and best known Christian devotional books. His name means "Thomas of Kempen", Kempen being his home town. While the form Thomas à Kempis is often found, it is actually incorrect. The correct Latin should be Thomas a Kempis, as borne out by surviving contemporary mentions of his name.
He was a member of the Modern Devotion, a spiritual movement during the late medieval period, and a follower of Geert Groote and Florens Radewyns, the founders of the Brethren of the Common Life.
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“Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.”

Thomas à Kempis
1380 - Jul 25, 1471
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