Crypt KEY: Growing in Virtue


The Crypt of your Inner Abbey is the place in our heart where we listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings toward complete conversion of heart. He wants to take you beyond a childish understanding of morality to help us cooperate with grace and become the masterpiece God created you to be.

The first step in unlocking the Crypt of your Inner Abbey is to establish and strengthen virtues. The most basic, but most powerful virtues to develop are the four Cardinal Virtues: prudence (covered in the Planning for Grace course), temperance, fortitude, and justice. All other natural moral virtues (we define those terms in the course) hinge on these four. So if we master these four virtues, we lay the groundwork for the rest.

Core Curriculum – the Keys to Spiritual Growth Program

Learn how to establish and strengthen the virtues that will unlock the potential God placed inside you.

Step 1: The Free “Power of Virtue” toolkit. The “Power of Virtue Toolkit” will show you why you find growing in virtue so difficult (even Benjamin Franklin found growing in virtue difficult) and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls most people fall into when they try to establish a new good habit. This toolkit will give you an entirely different view of things like New Year’s Resolutions! You’ll learn why you shouldn’t give up and how to set yourself up for success.

The workshop and course are scheduled for completion in the spring of 2018. Click here to see the project schedule for the Keys to Spiritual Growth program

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Step 2: The “Character Building 101” online Workshop. Online workshops are designed to give you quick, easy wins to help you build momentum toward real change. The “Character Building 101” online workshop will teach you what character development is and where it falls into the concept of personality. We’ll then talk about what you can change about your personality . . . and what to do about the rest of it. Next, we’ll talk about each of the Cardinal Virtues so you know what they are and how to identify them in your character. Finally, we’ll do a virtue assessment to show you which virtues you’re currently strong in and which ones you’re weak in.

Step 3: The “Power of Virtue” online course will walk you step-by-step through the process of establishing and strengthening the virtues you identify as weak in the workshop.

There are three options for this course.

The Bronze level of the Power of Virtue is completely self-directed. In addition to the video course there are learning activities and journal entries to help you implement each step in the process. You will also get my help through an online plan that you’ll develop as you go through the course and on which I’ll offer feedback. This level isn’t recommended, since it offers the least amount of support. But it’s available for those who don’t feel they need much coaching, or who just can’t invest in the Gold level.

The Gold level of The Power of Virtue isn’t just an online course – it’s an online spiritual coaching program. You get the same videos and learning activities that are in the Bronze level, but instead of private journal entries you have the opportunity to submit each step of the process to me for review. Instead of just a single review of your plan, I will help you create a personalized plan for growing in virtue based on your particular circumstances, obstacles and goals. You will also have access to weekly “open office hours” when you can speak to me directly via Google Hangouts to ask your questions and to discuss your plan. Even though the Gold Level of The Power of Virtue is high-touch, you can still take this course at your own pace, and you still share only what you feel comfortable sharing. But you get the guidance, support and encouragement you really need to make changes in your life.

The Platinum level of The Power of Virtue offers FULL service. In addition to everything in the Gold level, with the addition of 4 30-minute coaching sessions. Let me personally walk you through each step of the process.

While You’re Waiting for this Course

While you are waiting for the Power of Virtue course to launch, how would you like me to personally help you take the first step in becoming the masterpiece God created you to be? You see, most of us have one key virtue that empowers our personality, our vocation, and our mission in life. This key virtue is at the center of our personality as God created us to be. The challenge is that we don’t always know what our key virtue is. And just because it’s central to who we are created to be, doesn’t mean that it’s strong in us. But if we identify and strengthen just this one virtue, we have the power to make great strides in becoming God’s masterpiece.

When most people think about becoming the person they were meant to be, they see a gargantuan task that they’re just not up to. There are so many things that need to change. There are so many virtues they need to grow in. The task is too difficult, so they don’t know where to even start. And so instead of becoming masterpieces, they remain mediocre versions of themselves. Their hunger for becoming something more remains unsatisfied.

But the truth is, if you knew just the right area to improve you could experience the maximum improvement for just a little work. Now don’t get me wrong! True conversion of heart is a lot of work. It takes effort, attention, energy and focus. That’s what the Power of Virtue course will help you through. But getting started doesn’t have to be so difficult.

In your personal consultation with me, we’ll explore your key virtue. Then we’ll develop a strategy to help you establish and strengthen your virtue.

Then when you take the Power of Virtue course, you’ll be in a great place to identify the other virtues you need to establish and strengthen. You’ll learn how to identify virtues you need, what steps you need to take to establish those virtues, and when and how to strengthen, expand each virtue. More importantly, you’ll be able to get the support and guidance you need to really take on the work of becoming the masterpiece God created you to be.

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