While many contemporary readers seek the richness of classical spirituality, some find the language and thought patterns of The Imitation of Christ distant and difficult to understand. Fr. Dennis Billy, noted teacher and spiritual guide, helps today's readers interpret The Imitation by raising their awareness of how the world of Thomas a Kempis colored and shaped his presentation of the spiritual life.Using the accessible translation of The Imitation of Christ by William Creasy, Fr. Billy highlights how today's Christians can interpret and apply The Imitation to their own spiritual journeys. Each chapter is preceded by a brief introduction and followed by a set of thoughtful reflection questions that help readers understand and apply the text.
Author Bio: Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R. is a teacher, writer, and poet. Ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1980, he is currently a professor at the Alphonsian Academy at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome where he teaches moral theology and Christian spirituality. He is the author of numerous books and articles, both popular and scholarly. A native of Staten Island, NY, he graduated from Dartmouth College and went on to receive five master's degrees from universities around the world as well as a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas.