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How to live a life of nobility and goodness
— even in corrupt and confusing times.
Here is a complete guide to mature, responsible, even noble behavior in our complex modern society. Written in the 1930s by a wise Jesuit priest and steeped in the wisdom of the ages, these pages teach the timeless principles that have led countless souls to true success and lasting happiness.
Here is a good man’s canny advice on how to deal with the practical problems faced by all those who strive to live their lives nobly and well.
Learn how to discipline your imagination so it won’t lead you astray; how to tell the critical difference between pleasure and happiness; and how to strengthen your will to ensure that you always choose the good.
Without condescension, Fr. Garesché shows how to maintain a healthy mind, resist temptations, grow temperate, practice fortitude, think kindly of others, and choose worthwhile amusements. He even explains how to accept criticism graciously and how to develop the kind of confidence that is not rooted in pride, but is the necessary foundation for any life that will be productive and holy. Once you assimilate the wisdom here, you ’ll know how to find genuine success — the success that transcends money, fame, and pleasure.
“Presents wisdom for achieving true success and lasting happiness for Christians of all ages.” Homeschooling Today
“Teaches readers how to live a responsible life in a complex world.” Publishers Weekly
We love this book. We have read this book a couple of times as a family. The Character Building ideas are fantastic. Great book!
It is a book everyone should keep and read every year to refresh and meditate on. I will definitely make every one of my children to keep this in their future homes. It was written by a Jesuit priest over 75 years ago; however, the wisdom is absolutely applicable in any era.
1. Recognize daily opportunities for success
2. Strive for lasting success
3. Choose what will improve your character
4. Persevere in noble pursuits
5. Develop your mind through study
6. Learn from your mistakes and failures
7. See and imitate the good in others
8. Develop good habits
9. Let prudence guide your decisions
10. Practice justice in all its forms
11. Be temperate
12. Develop fortitude
13. Choose happiness over pleasure
14. Learn to do without nonessentials
15. Be pleasant in your demeanor and in your actions
16. Develop your power of observation
17. Be yourself
18. Discipline your imagination
19. Strengthen your will
20. Let reason guide you
21. Choose worthwhile amusements
22. Take care of your body
23. Maintain a healthy mind
24. Think kindly of others
25. Resist temptations
26. Gain mastery over yourself
27. Distinguish between true good and false good
28. Do not fear what others think
29. Use criticism prudently
30. Rely on your will, not on your feelings
31. Have confidence in yourself
32. Build a noble character
Edward F. Garesché, S.J.
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