Paula Huston, author of the excellent The Holy Way, followed up in 2007 with By Way of Grace. In By Way of Grace, Paula describes how she was at hermitage in California when she read a Scripture verse which, although she’d read it hundreds of times already, now penetrated her heart. “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: ‘Rivers of living water will flow within him'” [John 7:37-38, NAB] She understood that God was calling her deeper into holiness. By Way of Grace is Paula’s account off what she learned on her journey to a deeper faith.
Paula discusses “8 virtues that open the heart to God” and I particularly like the “subtitles” that she has given to the traditional virtues:
- Prudence – the Art of Seeing Clearly
- Temperance – the Art of Holding a Balance
- Fortitude – the Art of Courageous Continuing
- Justice – the Art of Forgiving
- Humility – the Art of Honest Self Appraisal
- Faith – the Art of Believing in Things Unseen
- Hope – the Art of Patient Waiting
- Charity – the Art of Loving the Enemy
I urgently need to cultivate all these virtues, but the one that stands out for me right now is “the Art of Seeing Clearly.” Does any one of these vitures leap out for you?