Becoming a Virtuoso

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choosing_beautyDuring my morning prayer time, as part of my devotional reading I’ve begun the fabulous book Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women (Catholic Company Link) by author Gina Loehr. You may remember my conversation with Gina on Catholic Moments Podcast #90 – she’s a beautiful woman, inside and out!

Even though I’ve just barely begun the book, I’m already very impressed by Gina’s dedication to helping women like me embrace the true beauty God has placed within each of us.  As a 46 year old mom who feels older every day, it’s great to be reminded that allowing my inner light to shine will have a far greater impact upon how I’m perceived by others — and most importantly by my creator — than will anything external I can do to my face or body.

In today’s reflection, Gina discusses the importance of forming good spiritual habits — virtues — in developing our spiritual beauty.  She relates her experience learning to play the piano, striving diligently to practice and build her skills took her from being able to peck out a few tunes to truly possessing a skill for playing.  The analogy is one to which I can relate.  For the past few months, I’ve been taking piano lessons about every other week.  I can play the tunes in my book with varying degrees of skill.  But because I haven’t taken time to do my homework on really learning the notes or practicing scales, my repertoire is limited to the few songs I have been taught.  I won’t progress much if I don’t take the time to do the hard work involved in learning music theory.

The same can be said for working to become a spiritual “virtuoso”.  Gina’s chapter today dealt with a basic overview of the virtues – do you know them? The cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance and the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity are definitely worth working on!  We may strive to be virtuous, but without diligently working on those vices which separate us from God and others in our lives, we will make little progress.

I’m greatly enjoying Choosing Beauty and can’t recommend it highly enough – during the weeks ahead, I’ll continue sharing a few of my reflections on Gina’s book here on the blog.  If you’d like to join me in reading it, you can find it on Amazon or The Catholic Company.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

2 Comments

  1. I love this book! I wrote my own reflection about it on my blog not too long ago. Gina Loehr is a wonderful woman, truly beautiful, and a great role model for all women! Thanks for sharing this book on CatholicMom!

  2. I have been really impressed with Gina Loehr’s book on women saints so I am intrigued by this one. I may just have to go out and find it… Thanks for the review!

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