Why the Counter-Reformation?
The sixteenth-century Catholic Church was definitely in need of reform. Too many of its leaders were worldly and corrupt; too many of the faithful were living in laxity or ignorance. Unfortunately, Protestantism brought revolution rather than reform, but the saints who rose up in response to it helped renew and transform the Church for generations to come.
Our own souls, too, are in constant need of reform, of re-conversion to God and his will for us. We struggle with sin, we become distracted in prayer, we find it hard to be loving and easy to be selfish. In Reform Yourself!, Shaun McAfee (founder of Epic Pew and author of Filling Our Father’s House) shows you how these magnificent saints can be guides in your own personal transformation.
Drawing upon the saints’ writings, works, and life events, Reform Yourself! reveals in each of them a model of a particular virtue or grace that we all need—along with practical tips for imitating them in our own lives. For example:
Francis de Sales: sharing the Faith with gentleness and patience
Teresa of Avila: the courage to persevere in prayer
Philip Neri: joyful humility and a sense of humor even during trials
Jane de Chantal: loving God with simplicity of heart and childlike trust
Aloysius Gonzaga: mastery of the flesh through self-sacrifice
Through the lessons of these saints and others, Reform Yourself! shows you a time-tested path to a richer spiritual life, deeper knowledge of God’s revealed truths, and a more fruitful living-out of your vocation. We all need to reform our souls—let the saints who reformed the Church show you how!
“In all the theological discussion surrounding the Catholic response to the Reformation, what often gets lost is its true goal; daily conversion to Christ. Shaun McAfee explores the lives of loyal sons and daughters of the sixteenth century Church and invites us to look at them as models of true Christian reform.”
Matt Swain – Host of Son Rise Morning Show
“Now these are the kinds of saints’ lives I relish! Shaun McAfee brings the stories of great saints of the Reformation era alive for us to enjoy and embrace their living lessons for our own lives today. Replete with fascinating anecdotes and practical advice for growth in holiness, read this entertaining, well-crafted book, and with the inspiration and intercession of these ten glorious men and women of our Church, you will refresh, renew, and Reform Yourself!”
Kevin Vost, Psy.D. – Author of books including Memorize the Reasons! Defending the Faith with the Catholic Art of Memory and Hounds of the Lord: Great Dominican Saints Every Catholic Should Know
Available in eBook and Paperback.