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The Beatitudes Serve Us Well

Beatitudes serve us wellWhere the Ten Commandments tell us, for the most part, what not to do, the Beatitudes tell us how to live in a Christ-like manner. They highlight all the good virtues that we should possess. The Beatitudes serve us well.

Virtues Associated with the Beatitudes

Humility: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3).

Caring/Compassion: “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matt 5:4).

Meekness: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land” (Matt 5:5).

Justice: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matt 5:6).

Mercy: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” Continue reading

Growth in Piety Today Prepares Us for Eternal Life Tomorrow

Growth in PietyIf we have no desire for growth in piety in this life, then why should God think that we would want to spend eternal life with Him? You see, the soul must be perfected and made holy before it can stand before God. So, even though we dismiss piety in this life, we must embrace it wholeheartedly in the next life, if we are to obtain eternal bliss. The holiness we ignore today will result in more time in Purgatory, as our souls will need more work to reach perfection. I don’t know about you, but I would welcome a minimal sentence in Purgatory. Therefore, I am working on my growth in piety, in the here and now.

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Seek Piety During Lent

Seek PietyMany people overlook the virtue of piety, as if it is a virtue out of their grasp. Such folks believe that only the Saints can claim a right to piety. But that’s not true. Every Saint in Heaven was once a sinner, just like you and me. Yet, every Saint, once living on earth, would seek piety – there’s the difference!

There is nothing wrong, or odd, with:

  • Living a holy life in accordance with Divine Revelation
  • Having a reverence for all things holy, especially God, family and country
  • Keeping God’s Commandments and following His Beatitudes
  • Worshiping God and doing good for others out of reverence for God

This is piety!

Seek Piety

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Jesus Asks: Are You a Hypocrite?

Jesus Asks: Are you a hypocrite?Today’s Gospel reading comes from Matt 23:13-22. In this very cryptic passage, Jesus asks a couple of piercing questions:

  • Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred? Matt 23:17
  • You blind ones, which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Matt 23:19

Jesus asks these questions because He is not happy with the actions of the Scribes and the Pharisees. He sees them as hypocrites, as they do not “walk the talk.” Their actions differ from their speech. The Scribes and Pharisees speak of the promotion of piety, but do not act pious. They believe their words alone will suffice in garnering the desired prestige of the community. Continue reading

Novena to the Holy Spirit – Seeking Virtue

Novena to the Holy SpiritThe annual Novena to the Holy Spirit begins this coming Friday, May 26th and continues through to the day before Pentecost, June 3rd. In this Novena, we ask the Holy Spirit to grace us with seven gifts. Each one of theses gifts happen to be virtues as well:

  1. Awe (also known as Reverence) – We ask for a sovereign respect for God, as well as a filial submission to the Father.
  2. Piety – We ask for love and respect for those consecrated to God; including priests and religious, the Blessed Mother, the Saints, the Church, our parents, and our country and its rulers.
  3. Fortitude – We ask for the strengthening of our souls against natural fear. Continue reading

Piety Pointers at Your Service!

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Piety Pointers

We could all use some. So here is my little list to share with you. Perhaps you have additional ones to add to this list. If so, please share with the group:

Have reverence for God by worshiping Him

By reverence, I mean to hold God in awe, recognizing His omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (all present) Being. Have respect for God, and all that He is, when worshipping Him. Be on time for church services. Dress modestly in church. Actively participate in church services (be fully present in mind and body). Revere the silence of prayer. Visit the Blessed Sacrament.

Respect your elders, your superiors at work and your country

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What Does Being Pious Do For You?

pious Pious behavior must pertain to somebody else, and not you or me, right? Hmm…No, think again! I’m talking to you and to me. We all have the capability of being pious, because we each were gifted with piety at our Confirmations, when the Holy Spirit descended upon 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:

Pope Francis Catechesis

What is in it for you to become pious?

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Real Thing is Irresistible: 3 Day Quote Challenge, Day 3

beacon of lightReal Thing is Irresistible

What’s the real thing you might ask? Well, actually the real thing is holiness, or piety! “Huh,” you say, “who would have thought?” In our Three Day Quote Challenge, of which I was nominated to take by Melanie Jean Juneau of Joy of Nine9, we are on the final day of the challenge. My thanks to Melanie for giving me this challenge.

The rules of this challenge:

  1. Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  2. Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Reflection

Choosing the topic of holiness, I provided a quote on day 1 that Continue reading