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From Vice to Virtue: Being Open to God’s Grace


Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., discusses ways to develop a stronger Christian character.

Product Description


In the spiritual life, grace operates best when a person cooperates. “Vice” and “virtue” describe the various dispositions formed over time that influence a decision to submit to or resist God’s grace. Examining vice and virtue is an important component of spiritual direction and essential to both Christian and vocational development. Saint Luke Institute president Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., explores a process for recognizing tendencies toward vice and working to develop virtues that contribute to the formation of a stronger Christian character.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Explore the nature of vice and virtue in the Christian life;
  2. Discuss methods for recognizing the presence of vice and its effect on daily life; and
  3. Learn a prayer exercise for developing a particular virtue.

Who Should Participate

Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Reflection Questions

Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.

  1. What has informed my understanding of vice in my own life?
  2. How have I seen virtues develop in my life?
  3. How do I bring issues of vice and virtue to prayer and/or spiritual direction?