The tradition of Christian spirituality offers many insights and courageous personal examples to guide contemporary disciples in following the way of Jesus. The thoughts of early Christian writers, martyrs, medieval mystics, and notable Christians from more recent centuries, have all contributed to the development and understanding of the Christian virtues contained in this book.
Christian spirituality offers a practical wisdom that has been tempered by the joys and trials of past centuries, helping to form and strengthen disciples of later generations. It offers the same for our time. Each Christian virtue in this book reveals a timelessness that offers an old yet rearticulated quality for our contemporary Western world that, regrettably, tends to overlook the riches of the classical Christian tradition.
Christian disciples are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and experience the fullness of life that he did, through interiorizing Jesus' way of relating to others. His faithfulness and openness to the love of his heavenly father enabled Jesus to fully and freely share that love with others. Examining and embracing these seven Christian virtues will help to strengthen us along our journey, as they have for countless disciples over the centuries.