Learning the Virtues

That Lead You to God

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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 you 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
  • 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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  • Pages: 224
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-0-918477-64-4
  • Product Code: 64-6
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Unique set of virtues with a very practical explanation to the 21st century
In my opinion the author possesses a very easily communicated wisdom and a deep knowledge of the human mind and issues in today's world. With that knowledge, he is very persuasive on the definition of the virtue he is explaining, and makes it very easy to understand. 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!
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Pearls of wisdom on spiritual development
Through the text emerges the image of a modest, honest, and wise man of faith who has experienced life and extracted pearls of wisdom that he shares with his readers. The writing is simple yet powerful - the hallmark of a great thinker who has grasped the essence of things. This is a life-long companion I will carry with me to nurture my soul and to help me work towards purity.
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Required Reading
Guardini is sadly a neglected moral theologian who apart from Josef Pieper would be hard to better in the last 100 years. His works besides being of the most important subjects possible for human consideration are written in perhaps the clearest possible way for everyone to understand. I therefore recommend them to every one.
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Not a light read
This is not a book for the person looking for a light pass over of the virtues. I could only read one chapter at a time, because it confronted me with much to contemplate. I do recommend it highly though for those who want to confront their shortcomings but especially for those who want a pathway out of the endless cycle of sins. There are no more excuses in the confessional!
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This book is one of Guardini's best books.
This book, formerly titled The Virtues, is one of Guardini's best books. It is a list of his chosen virtues, with a chapter devoted to each. On looking at the virtues he chooses, one sees the essence of his writing. Some of them are: truthfulness, patience, justice, reverence, asceticism, courage, kindness, courtesy, silence, justice before God - they are the virtues of the interior man, the virtues drawn out of contemplation and knowledge of the true nature of the human being. They are also a statement on the times in which we live, where truthfulness, justice, reverence, courage, kindness, courtesy, and, most especially, silence are hard to come by. Guardini's gift is that he can penetrate the indoctrination, distractions and ultimately, the lying of our age and pierce through to the bedrock of our spirtuality, the nature of man, and man in relationship to God. His writings bring man back to what is essential, and strengthen him in trying to live by these precepts.
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