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Excellent book to learn more about virtue
on March 27, 2017
The Virtue Driven Life, by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., offers insightful information about the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance, along with scriptural passages, simple prayers, and citations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This gem of a book offers the basic information on these virtues in part I. He saves the best for last, though, when in part II, we learn some in-depth information on the Theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. Part II also provides scriptural passages, prayers and citations from the Catechism, in relation to the Theological virtues.
I was most impressed with Fr. Groeschel’s insight into the Theological virtues. For example, “The virtuous man …lives by faith, is taught by faith, and knows what to do by faith. Faith is what guides him” (p. 109). In the chapter on Hope, Fr. Groeschel writes of the ultimate hope, that being eternal life. “Our hope in eternal life derives from the promise of someone who experienced the dregs of human suffering” (p. 120). The coup-de-gras was the chapter on charity, where Fr. Groeschel describes four types of love: eros (self-centered love), storge (devotion and loyalty to family, friends and relatives), philia (a relationship of mutuality of friends) and agape (selfless, self-giving love).
Fr. Groeschel closes his book by telling us how to grow in virtue. “The beginning of all conversion and self-improvement is the recognition that something is either missing or wrong” (p. 145). He then instructs the reader to do the same thing that I instruct all of my followers to do: Determine what virtues are missing from your life and pray for the grace to receive them. Then, begin finding ways to practice them. With God’s assistance, tap into those virtues already within you, like faith, hope and charity.
Is The Virtue Driven Life for you?
This is an excellent book for any teen or adult wanting to learn more about virtue. Fr. Groeschel wrote this book in an easy to understand manner, which makes it a great read for anyone beginning the journey to build virtue in their lives.