Smc205h1f november 10, 2011 (thomas a kempis) Thomas a kempis lives his experience, experience with common brothers, written for. Influence of this book is immense people like this who are trying to live this kind of life. Benedict raises question of choice to live by labour is a criticism of what is in place- expects monks to work to support selves but by 15th century monks working is not plausible. Francis wanted friars to not live by work if necessary, begging is important to francis. We know monks were lay people and for them to say they are lay and can form communities, is not scandalous. Scholastic approach is unduly curious about thinks you will be curious about. = imitation include requirement of humiliate reason before faith but silano is unsympathetic to this silly notion of piety apparently. 15th century is the age of the rosary!