The Seven Steps to Sanctification, by Fr. Walter Farrell, O.P. and Fr. Dominic Hughes, O.P. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, NH, 2022). 208 pp., $18.95.
Are you looking for a book to help bolster your faith and deepen your relationship with God?
The Seven Steps to Sanctification by bestselling authors Fr. Walter Farrell, O.P. and Fr. Dominic Hughes, O.P. will assist you in growing in communion with the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, our most forgotten but dearest Friend.
Sometimes it seems that we are engaged in an “apparent hopelessness of a fight against an enshrouding fog or an entwining spirit.” (Fr. Walter Farrell, O.P.) In the midst of this, God says to us, “Fear not, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Along with inspiration from the Bible, the authors provide real-world examples, and philosophical reasoning. Also included is an excerpt from St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae at the end of each chapter. In his classic work, St. Thomas provides teachings about the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
This book explains these gifts that guide us on the way to holiness. Readers will also learn about the gift of piety, which awakens our child-like faith and trust in God. Through this gift we offer right worship to God our Father, and fulfill our duties to Him and others. With fear of God, we remain in awe of God and reverence Him in filial love.
Through docility, we further open ourselves to the gift of understanding, to see the higher truths that lead us to see God. The gift of counsel allows us to be directed to God on the way to salvation. So too, fortitude strengthens us in the face of adversity and aids us in persevering in doing good.
As our relationship with God deepens through contemplation, we open ourselves to the gift of wisdom—the possession of knowledge and judgment about the things of God. Through knowledge we are able to correctly discern about matters of faith and right action.
The authors explain the link between the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the theological and cardinal virtues. “In all His words the promised Paraclete inspires the soul to find a fuller, deeper meaning, the Holy Spirit Himself.” (Fr. Dominic Hughes, O.P.)
This is the book you need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit and live in imitation of the Holy Family. By opening yourself to God’s gifts, you will find an abundance of grace and lasting peace. Best of all, you will find joy in developing a more personal relationship with God and be strengthened on the road to Heaven.
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