Can you advise me on how to grow in virtue? Are there any books on the subject that you recommend?
Thank you and God bless, Jenna
Well, that's a big bite to try and swallow. Certainly, there are smarter and more virtuous people than me to tackle this one. St. Thomas Aquinas springs to mind.
He's hard to read, really, for most of us. I admit that in all humility, one of the seven Heavenly Virtues. Here's your check list:
4. Diligence (you're going to need that to do the other six)
So, to be more virtuous, all you have to do is be chaste and pure according to your station in life, achieve balance in your dealings and mental state, give generously of your love, talent and goods, work hard at everything you do, give everyone else a break, treat everyone with kindness and stay humble, especially when you become perfect from doing all of this.
Did that help?
I'm joking. It can all seem overwhelming. Rather like you're always doing that plate juggling act. Remember that? The juggler has a line of poles, he spins a plate on the top of the first pole, the second the third, the fourth and by then the plate on the first pole is slowing, so he runs back and spins it again and then runs over to the fifth pole and puts a plate up there but by now the second and third plates are slowing so he runs back.....
I feel his pain.
It's a lot to try to do a whole plate act right off the bat. I'm sure the juggler just starts with one. I'd go with humility. Once you've got that one spinning, the rest are not so hard. If you can just keep three plates going, you'll be well on your way to have all seven spinning merrily away. To practice, do this:
1. Say thank you. To everyone for everything (God too!) all the time.
2. Say I'm sorry, frequently, whether it's because you have erred or because you feel empathy with the pain of others..
3. Say I love you.
Before you know it, you'll be able to balance a chair on your head with your Grandma in it while you spin those plates. Let me know when that happens. I'd love to see it.