Pious – What’s it all about?
Pious must mean somebody else, and not you or me, right? Hmm…No, I’m talking to you and to myself. We all have the capability of being pious, because we have each been gifted with piety at our Confirmations, when the Holy Spirit descended upon each of us and bestowed His seven gifts, of which Piety is one of them. You say, “all well and good, but what’s in it for me to be holy, a.k.a. pious? How is being pious any fun?” Let me share with you Pope Francis’ brief catechesis on piety, and I’ll highlight a couple of things on the other side:
What is in it for you to become pious?
Well, as Pope Francis tells us in the video, embracing piety allows us to engage in a closer relationship with God, where we “treat God like a close friend.” Pope Francis also tells us that being more pious “enlarges our relationship and communion with God.” For me, those are two very good reasons for wanting to be more pious.
Why be pious?
Bottom line is that I want to go to Heaven – that is my ultimate goal. Saintly people get into Heaven. Therefore, as I see it, practicing piety, leads to saintly behavior, and then through the mercy of Christ and the forgiveness of my sins, such behavior contributes to my salvation which then leads to life eternal with God. I’m all in! How about you?
How do we move from wanting to be pious to actually being pious? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!