How to Be Holy

First Steps in Becoming a Saint

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"Life, in the end, has only one tragedy: not to have been a saint."
– Léon Bloy

The ever-popular and prolific Peter Kreeft says that the most important question he has written about is how one becomes holy; or to put it another way, how one becomes a saint. This question is central to all the great religions, Kreeft demonstrates, for striving toward holiness, moving toward perfect love, is the whole purpose of life.

Kreeft admits that he is only a beginner on the climb to holiness, and it is to novices like him that he has written this engaging and encouraging book. Using the insights and experiences of saints and great spiritual writers throughout history, Kreeft shows what holiness is and how it can be achieved. He especially draws upon the spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J. The core of Caussade's timeless gem is that God reveals himself to all of us through the daily events of our lives. The surest way toward spiritual growth, therefore, is by perceiving and accepting the merciful will of God in every situation.

Kreeft stresses the simplicity of his approach to holiness, which focuses mainly on the virtue of love. Sanctity is love, he asserts, and only that can give us what we all long for—deep and lasting joy.

Peter Kreeft

Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most respected and prolific Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include Wisdom from the Psalms, Practical Theology, Doors in the Walls of the World, How to Be Holy, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and Summa of the Summa.


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by Charlie Schmidt
on 1/20/2019
Your choice - Heaven or Hell
Why read this book?  It’s outstandingly good.  Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft points out that (1) the purpose of life is to be a saint, (2) only a God who is all-good, all-knowing and all-powerful is worthy ob being worshipped, and God has those attributes, (3) for those who love God all things work for the good, (4) spiritual evils are far worse than death, and (5) trusting God overcomes the main obstacle to holiness, which is selfishness.

Kreeft points out that holiness in one sense is easy, since it only requires wholly wanting to be a saint.  Actually acting like a saint requires sacrifice, and that is hard, but the joy it brings makes it worth it.

Peter Kreeft has written about 70 excellent books, and has taught philosophy for 50 years

So read this life-saving book, and if you haven’t, read Peter Kreeft’s Handbook of Catholic Apologetics and his book Forty Reasons I am a Catholic.  Once you realize that Catholicism is true, you’ll realize that your destiny is to be a saint.
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"Dr. Peter Kreeft takes his formidable knowledge of theology and translates it into practical advice that can help anyone advance in the spiritual life. No one does that better than Kreeft. How to Be Holy is a rare book that will help you bring both your head and your heart to a deeper practice of your faith."
— Jennifer Fulwiler, Author, Something Other Than God

"Anyone can benefit from the illuminating truth, timeless wisdom, and affable encouragement found on each page of How to Be Holy."
Patrick Madrid, Radio host and Author, Why Be Catholic?

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