Piety (Gift of Piety)
- inspires a great spirit of kindness and understanding toward others
- awakens a child-like attitude toward God
- awakens the conviction that everyone is our brother and sister
- sees people as companions on the journey rather than competitors
- fosters respect for tradition and creativity in trying to adapt it to contemporary cultures and the circumstances they have produced
- generates an attitude of total forgiveness of everyone and everything
- perceives the reality of all things in God and God in all things
- suggests how to transform the present moment into an experience of union with God
- FG: 41, 57-58, 60-61
The Gift of Piety mellows the Fear of God and strictness of lifestyle with regard to ourselves. It inspires a great spirit of kindness and understanding toward others, meekness in bearing with their faults, willingness to forgive enemies, and genuine affection for everyone.
The Gift of Piety awakens a childlike attitude toward God and a sense that everyone is our brother and sister. Through this Gift, we perceive others as companions on the journey, not competitors or rivals.
The Gift of Piety mellows the sense of reverence for God and over-strictness with ourselves. It inspires a great spirit of kindness and understanding toward others, patience in bearing their faults, willingness to forgive, and genuine affection for them.
The attitude of total forgiveness of everyone and everything is the mature fruit of the Gift of Piety. As the sense of belonging to the human family as a whole continues to grow through contemplative prayer and action, this oneness extends to the planet earth, the environment and all creation. One begins to perceive all things in God and God in all things.
The meekness proposed in this Beatitude is not passivity, but the determination to continue loving no matter what happens or what another person does. Showing love is the true nature of being human and undercuts violence at its roots in our animal nature.
Piety inspires kindness. Piety inspires understanding towards others.
What do you think about others’ faults and how do you normally react? How might this very moment be a time of union with God?
Be willing to forgive everything and everyone. See others as companions and friends.