Religion: The Imitation of Christ

Thomas Haemerken came from Kempen near Düsseldorf. He was a shy, quiet little German monk with fresh coloring and piercing brown eyes. He was gentle with everyone, especially the poor. When the psalms were chanted he often stretched on tiptoe toward heaven with his face turned upward. He seldom had much to say about everyday affairs; but when the conversation turned to spiritual things he sometimes became so eloquent and moved that he would break off and excuse himself. "My brethren," he would say, "I must go; someone is waiting to converse with me...

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