The classic work, The Imitation of Christ, is commonly attributed to Thomas à Kempis, the 15th-century Augustine monk. There are some, however, that believe the work was written by the Dutch missionary preacher Gerhard Groote and edited by Thomas. In either case, the author here describes four actions of self-denial and submission to God’s will that are catalysts for creating in us a true and lasting peace.

Finally, I want to teach you the way of peace and true liberty. There are four things you must do. First, strive to do another’s will rather than your own. Second, choose always to have less than more. Third, seek the lower places in life, dying to the need to be recognized and important. Fourth, always and in everything desire that the will of God may be completely fulfilled in you. The person tries this will be treading the frontiers of peace and rest.