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By Mikki Sciba, Catholic East Texas, March 5, 202 

Years ago, I decided I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. The idea of sitting down and strumming some tunes while sitting on the porch sounded so attractive. I am not at all musically inclined, and I grossly underestimated how difficult picking up a new skill would be. After a few painstaking hours of trying to learn some chords and some very sore fingers, I decided that maybe this was not for me. As wonderful as the idea sounded, the process to get there seemed impossible. The time required to acquire the necessary skill set was more than I was willing to commit to. Much to my embarrassment, after one solitary day of “practice,” I quit my dream of guitar playing.

To develop the skills to do something well requires time, hard work, and prolonged commitment. Choosing whether or not to perfect my guitar skills is a choice I can easily make with little to no effect on my holiness, the well-being of those around me, or my relationship with God. However, there are habits of the soul that I must choose to practice if I want to grow in a life of holiness. These good habits of the soul, virtues, will affect the well-being of those around me and my relationship with God.   …

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