The key to becoming a saint is to actively practice the virtues. How can you practice the virtues if you do not understand the concept of ""virtues""? This book is comprised of twelve virtues that will aid you in your quest to become a saint. The three theological virtues (faith, hope, charity) are in Part 1 of this book. Next, you will dive into the four cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance). Finally, you will learn about five virtues close to my heart (patience, compassion, perseverance, authenticity, purposefulness). It is my hope that you will find at least one of these virtues tugging at your heart to develop further in your life. Perhaps learning of these virtues will lead you to research other virtues and their meaning to you. In a concise, easy to follow format, each chapter consists of the following elements pertaining to each virtue: ·Definition ·Scripture passages ·Catechism of the Catholic Church references ·A saint that exhibits the virtue ·Real lives, real stories connecting each virtue to another person ·Reflection tying the saint to the other person as he/she strives for that virtue ·Questions to guide you to reflect on each virtue ·Digging deeper where you can ponder Biblical figures and how they practice each virtue ·Closing prayer As you journey through this book, I pray you grow closer to God. Let us stand together to live a virtuous life, countercultural to what the world offers today. ""You hold in your hands what may well be the key to a stronger, more vital faith. Pray through one chapter a day, and Holly Hoffman Thomas' wise words will awaken in your heart a deeper joy in living, a willingness to take risks inspired by the Holy Spirit, and a deeper, more joyful intimacy with the risen Christ."" --Mitch Finley, author of The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those In-Between Holly Hoffman Thomas received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a certification in Early Childhood Education and her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a certification as a Reading Specialist, all through Wichita State University. She also has a minor in Religion per program requirements through Benedictine University. Her first book entitled Study Guide for the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy was published in December 2016. Holly and her husband, Scott, are actively involved in their parish; leading a weekly Bible study in their home in addition to daily Mass attendance and a Holy Hour. She has an unshakable faith that remains solid. Holly's interests are in sports (Wichita State University basketball, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Royals) and music (Christian hip-hop & playing her piano). Though Holly and Scott have no children of their own, they make a difference in the lives of the next generation and those to come.
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