Pray Think Act: Make Better Decisions with the Desert Fathers & Rooting Out Hidden Faults (2 Book Set)

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  • Pray Think Act: Make Better Decisions with the Desert Fathers
  • Guide to making difficult decisions 
  • Profoundly biblical and practical wisdom
  • Rooting Out Hidden Faults
  • Step-by-step guide to a Particular Examen
  • Prayers, format, faults to avoid and other guidance
Pray Think Act: Make Better Decisions with the Desert Fathers

Father Augustine Wetta reaches back into monastic history to answer one of the most critical questions facing young people today: "How do I make up my mind?" With his characteristic wit and novel approach to classical art, Father Augustine looks to the wisdom of the Desert Fathers to unearth an ancient and highly efficient method for resolving life's most pressing dilemmas—even in the midst of distractions, temptations, and disruptions.

Profoundly Biblical and astonishingly practical, these trailblazing saints laid the foundations of Christian discernment by combining their genius for interpreting Scripture with their uncompromising search for the truth. Their patience and remarkable sense of humor gave their words a practicality that speaks as clearly today as it did in the third century. In three steps, each broken down into three parts, the Desert Fathers will teach you how to make decisions in a way that is peaceful, joyful, focused, realistic, and open to the ever-prodding finger of God.

As he did in his best-selling Humility Rules, Father Wetta illustrates each chapter with color reproductions of famous works of art that he has embellished with comic flourishes. He provides a discernment worksheet to help anyone with making a difficult decision.

Rooting Out Hidden Faults

This step-by-step guide on how to make a Particular Examen is rooted in the five wounds of Jesus and includes prayers, sample format, and predominant faults to avoid in prayer, work, study, and recreation. As most of us struggle with the same assortment of sins, these targeted reflections will assist you in conquering your faults.

This reprint of the 1952 classic contains prayers for each topic from the traditional Roman Missal that help you foster the proper spirit of mind and unction of heart for fruitful meditation.

Here is a valuable resource for any Catholic — priest, consecrated, or lay — wishing to develop a plan for spiritual holiness. It provides self-inventory questions for each vice to help determine angles of attack and addresses misconceptions about each vice. You will learn ways to defeat your vices, and thus serve God more wholeheartedly, and will find rules for practicing fraternal charity by contemplating the cardinal and theological virtues.

If your root sin is a type of pride, this book will show you how to cultivate the corresponding virtue of humility by meditating on the lives of Jesus and Mary. By the same token, if your predominant fault is avarice, the biblical references provided will bolster your resolve and engender thoughts of poverty in spirit instead. Penetrating reflections are offered to overcome lust with purity, anger with
meekness, gluttony with temperance, envy with common sense, and sloth with zeal.

You will also acquire tips on how to:

  • Read the Bible more efficaciously to reflect on Christ and grow in union with God
  • Thank God for His goodness and the many graces He showers upon you and others daily
  • Ask the Holy Ghost for self-knowledge, growth in virtue, and the seven gifts
  • Determine your dominant sin and assess your progress daily through the Particular Examen
  • Practice the presence of God in imitation of Our Lady in every circumstance
  • Develop personal and practical resolutions and a firm purpose of amendment
Hidden saints embolden the Church in times of persecution. Take up your cross. Defend your faith for God’s glory and the salvation of souls.

Dimensions & Specifications:

Pray Think Act: Make Better Decisions with the Desert Fathers

  • Author: J. Augustine Wetta
  • Format: Paperback

Rooting Out Hidden Faults
  • Author: James F. McElhone, CSC
  • 176 Pages
  • Softcover


Pray Think Act: Make Better Decisions with the Desert Fathers & Rooting Out Hidden Faults (2 Book Set)