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Reform Yourself!

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Do you want to be a better Catholic?

Reform Yourself!

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 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!:  How To Pray, Find Peace, And Grow In Faith With The Saints Of The Counter-Reformation, Shaun McAfee 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!




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Shaun McAfee
Softcover, 248 pages
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3 Reviews

  • 5
    Great book

    Posted by Mark Fiedeldey on Jun 25th 2023

    This is an excellent book on modeling various aspects of our life on the saints. Even though I found more editing errors than I would have liked, I plan to use this book to help reform myself. Thanks for writing this book.

  • 5
    Introduction to the Saints

    Posted by Paul Curry on Apr 7th 2022

    This is a great book for those just delving into the world of the Saints. It introduces you to: Frances de Sales Teresa of Avila Philip Neri Jane de Chantal Aloysius Gonzaga This will help you to lead a better life through the writings and stories of the Saints.

  • 5
    Simple yet informative

    Posted by Alden on Jul 5th 2021

    Isn't too hard a read yet was very helpful and really gets you thinking about how to utilize saints' advice in your daily life.

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