The Catholic Book of Character and Success


The Catholic Book of Character and Success is an excellent resource for teachers to utilise in understanding and building a thoroughly Catholic character in their students.

The book aims to be a guide to navigate our youth through the dangers of modern society in a responsible and noble manner.

Written in the 1930s by Fr Edward Garesché SJ, it contains timeless wisdom that teaches the principles of true success and lasting happiness. And if Fr. Garesché considered it necessary then, how much would he consider it necessary now?

On the blog I have posted weekly chapter summaries of the book for the convenience of lesson preparation, summarising the main points of each chapter.

These chapter summaries are meant to complement, not replace, the book itself, which is a rich source of pertinent examples that can fire the imaginations of your students with.

For a broad outline of the book, see my initial review here.

Purchasing a class set of this wonderful resource might be the most fruitful investment you make for the welfare of your students. You can order the books from amazon here.

Below are the chapter summaries with hyperlinks as they are published on the blog. I hope you find them useful. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback.

  1. Recognise daily opportunities for success
  2. Strive for lasting success
  3. Choose what will improve your character
  4. Persevere in noble pursuits
  5. Develop your mind through study
  6. Learn from your mistakes and failures
  7. See and imitate the good in others
  8. Develop good habits
  9. Let prudence guide your decisions
  10. Practice justice in all its forms
  11. Be temperate
  12. Develop fortitude
  13. Choose happiness over pleasure
  14. Learn to do without non-essentials
  15. Be pleasant in your demeanour and in your actions
  16. Develop your power of observation
  17. Be yourself
  18. Discipline your imagination
  19. Strengthen your will
  20. Let reason guide you
  21. Choose worthwhile amusements
  22. Take care of your body
  23. Maintain a healthy mind
  24. Think kindly of others
  25. Resist temptations
  26. Gain mastery over yourself
  27. Distinguish between true good and false good
  28. Do not fear what others think
  29. Use criticism prudently
  30. Rely on your will, not on your feelings
  31. Have confidence in yourself
  32. Build a noble character Protection Status

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