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.
- Recognise daily opportunities for success
- Strive for lasting success
- Choose what will improve your character
- Persevere in noble pursuits
- Develop your mind through study
- Learn from your mistakes and failures
- See and imitate the good in others
- Develop good habits
- Let prudence guide your decisions
- Practice justice in all its forms
- Be temperate
- Develop fortitude
- Choose happiness over pleasure
- Learn to do without non-essentials
- Be pleasant in your demeanour and in your actions
- Develop your power of observation
- Be yourself
- Discipline your imagination
- Strengthen your will
- Let reason guide you
- Choose worthwhile amusements
- Take care of your body
- Maintain a healthy mind
- Think kindly of others
- Resist temptations
- Gain mastery over yourself
- Distinguish between true good and false good
- Do not fear what others think
- Use criticism prudently
- Rely on your will, not on your feelings
- Have confidence in yourself
- Build a noble character