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:
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.
When I went to college 25 years ago I read the original book "The Virtues" as a required reading. After all this time I still remember the impact this book has had on me! It is the only textbook that I have remembered & cherished.I have bought copies to give to friends as gifts,and now that my children are teenagers,I will be giving them their own copies to keep.Guardini has a unique way of presenting the virtues.It is the best book on this subject !
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