The sixteenth-century Catholic Church was definitely in need of reform. Too many of its leaders were worldly and corrupt; too many of the faithful were living in laxity or ignorance. Unfortunately, Protestantism brought revolution rather than reform, but the saints who rose up in response to it helped renew and transform the Church for generations to come.
Our own souls, too, are in constant need of reform, of re-conversion to God and his will for us. We struggle with sin, we become distracted in prayer, we find it hard to be loving and easy to be selfish. In Reform Yourself!, Shaun McAfee (founder of Epic Pew and author of Filling Our Father’s House) shows you how these magnificent saints can be guides in your own personal transformation.
Drawing upon the saints’ writings, works, and life events, Reform Yourself! reveals in each of them a model of a particular virtue or grace that we all need—along with practical tips for imitating them in our own lives. For example:
Francis de Sales: sharing the Faith with gentleness and patience
Teresa of Avila: the courage to persevere in prayer
Philip Neri: joyful humility and a sense of humor even during trials
Jane de Chantal: loving God with simplicity of heart and childlike trust
Aloysius Gonzaga: mastery of the flesh through self-sacrifice
Through the lessons of these saints and others, Reform Yourself! shows you a time-tested path to a richer spiritual life, deeper knowledge of God’s revealed truths, and a more fruitful living-out of your vocation. We all need to reform our souls—let the saints who reformed the Church show you how!