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This handy manual not only presents all the elements of a successful life, it also helps you incorporate those elements into everyday practice. Be Holy is the guide you need to achieve holiness now and heaven ...
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This handy manual not only presents all the elements of a successful life, it also helps you incorporate those elements into everyday practice. Be Holy is the guide you need to achieve holiness now and heaven later.
Foreword Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl ix
Part 1 Motivations for Holiness 1
Chapter 1 The Delight of Heaven: The Divine Marriage 3
Chapter 2 The Reality of Hell 12
Chapter 3 The Suffering of Purgatory 17
Chapter 4 The Pursuit of Happiness 26
Part 2 The Life of Grace 35
Chapter 5 The Foundation: Prayer 37
Chapter 6 Beginning Prayer 46
Chapter 7 Spiritual Reading 53
Chapter 8 Meditation and Contemplation 57
Chapter 9 Difficulties in Prayer 64
Chapter 10 Commitment to Prayer 69
Chapter 11 The Sacrament of Penance 77
Chapter 12 The Mass, "Source and Summit of the Christian Life" 81
Chapter 13 Eucharistic Adoration 89
Part 3 Loving Our Neighbor 95
Chapter 14 The Spiritual Works of Mercy 97
Chapter 15 The Corporal Works of Mercy 106
Part 4 The Life of Virtue 115
Chapter 16 The Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity 117
Chapter 17 Prudence, Justice and Fortitude 127
Chapter 18 Temperance 137
Chapter 19 The Fruits of the Holy Spirit 148
Chapter 20 The Shortest Way to the Kingdom 157
Posted September 20, 2009
Fr. Morrow introduces his latest book by pointing out the importance of preparing for the day we die and learn of our eternal destiny. Getting to heaven takes more than being a good guy, he writes, it will take a "grace-powered effort." The guide focuses on traditional teachings of the Church in four parts: motivations for holiness, the life of grace, loving our neighbor, and the life of virtue. Short chapters with specific suggestions address heaven, hell and purgatory; prayer, spiritual reading, the Mass, and the sacraments; the works of mercy; theological and cardinal virtues; and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
In a chapter on the Spiritual Works of Mercy, Fr. Morrow addresses indulgences in conjunction with the instruction to pray for the dead. Indulgences, he writes, may be applied to ourselves and to souls in purgatory, but not to another living person. He presents the five conditions that must be met for a plenary indulgence, which eliminates all temporal punishment due to sin. First is the act itself, which can be praying the rosary with a group, reading Sacred Scripture, adoring the Blessed Sacrament, or praying the Stations of the Cross. The other four conditions involve sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, prayer for the Holy Father, and detachment from all sin. In the book's closing chapter Morrow mentions partial indulgences and directs readers to www.catholic.org for a list of works for both plenary and partial indulgences.
In summary, this book is a blueprint, "a plan," as the author calls it, for gaining heaven. As such, it is suitable for an extremely wide audience in a great variety of settings.