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Learning the Virtues: That Lead You to God Paperback – October 1, 2013
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"The virtues never change, but this book allows us to view them with fresh eyes. Fr. Guardini s insights give us an opportunity to strengthen our faith, our prayer life, and our relationships with those around us family, friends and strangers." --Endorsements
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There's more to goodness than keeping the Commandments: you've got to cultivate virtue, too, so that you please God in what you do not merely in what you don't do. In these pages, you'll learn countless ways to grow in such virtue.
The wise Msgr. Romano Guardini, a German priest hailed by Pope Benedict XVI as "a great figure" who "aspired to the truth of God and to the truth of man," leads you from a consideration of virtue in itself to a discussion of each of the key virtues that will make you holy and lead you to God.
Here you'll learn how to begin practicing the virtues and make them part of your daily routine. You'll also learn about:
Envy, the hidden sin, even in the spiritually mature: how to fight it
Courtesy: how good manners are spiritually vital to souls
"What is truth?" The surprising answer to Pilate's question will transform you
Patience: it's the prerequisite for all moral growth, and only the morally strong attain it
Orderliness: not a moral virtue in itself, but lack of it may cost your soul
Why a sense of humor is so important even to your spiritual health
The strange contradiction in blaming God for the evil in the world
Belief in "progress": in our day it can be a form of idolatry
The tyranny of justice: why so many justice movements turn unjust (knowing this is the key to our future as a society)
Asceticism: it's not just for monks without it, you may not be saved!
Trashy movies: there's spiritual danger even in the ones that don't obviously glorify sin
Discover why noise weakens the soul, and how silence is balm for your spiritual life
Plus: many other topics to help you grow in the virtues that lead you to God!
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As a spiritual guide this book is as essential as "Spiritual Combat" by Scupoli and "Introduction to the devout life" by de Sales but more accessible, given its contemporary language.
This is a life-long companion I will carry with me to nurture my soul and to help me work towards purity.
If you are looking for a book to explain what virtues are, which ones are the most important, and how they work for yourself if fully developed, this is the book!
Every chapter is a mediation written in beautiful language and thought-provoking. This book challenges you.