06 January 2010

To Be Holy, Pray and Love

The men's group in my parish is going to read Be A Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be by Fr. Larry Richards. I flipped open the book and came across this passage that Fr. Larry said was the most important part of the book to remember for it gives us our way to holiness. In the words of the Cure of Ars, St. John Vianney,
"This is the glorious duty of man: to pray and to love." To be holy then one must do these two things, pray and love. Focus on them for the rest of your life and you too will be a great saint.
In each chapter Fr. Larry includes tasks you must accomplish.
1. Be a man who strives to be a saint. Ask God for the grace to grow in your holiness.

2. Be a man of devotion. What religious practices is God calling you to start doing? Be specific and start doing them.

3. Be a man who prays and loves. The world must know that you love the Father. This is done by praying and loving--live it.
It looks like a very good book and is in keeping with the theme of my blog. It is available from IGNATIUS Press and if this is any indication of its popularity it is currently on backorder.

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