Be Holy: A Catholic's Guide to the Spiritual Life

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If you're hoping to get to heaven, you'll need a plan to reach your goal. Do you pray? Give any thought to the virtues? Do works of mercy? And what about the sacraments? Been to confession lately? Are you doing any spiritual reading?

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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Overview

If you're hoping to get to heaven, you'll need a plan to reach your goal. Do you pray? Give any thought to the virtues? Do works of mercy? And what about the sacraments? Been to confession lately? Are you doing any spiritual reading?

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867168785
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 832,784
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

FATHER THOMAS G. MORROW is a priest of the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and author of Christian Courtship in an Oversexed World and Achieving Chastity in a Pornographic World. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl ix

Introduction xi

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

Afterword 169

Notes 170

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    Great for a wide audience in a variety of settings

    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.

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