If 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.
Obtaining Growth in Piety
How can we become holier now? Here are a few suggestions:
- Develop a treasured relationship with Jesus.
- Seek to do God’s Will always.
- Seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation, often,
- Receive the Eucharist at weekly Mass, at a minimum.
- Try attending Mass more than once weekly.
- Visit the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration on a regular basis.
- Pray daily.
- Seek to do good always.
- Adhere to the Ten Commandments and follow the Beatitudes.
- Be virtuous!
This may look like a daunting and impossible list. Yet, it is the Christian’s calling to live a Christ-like life. We are called to do each one of the items on this list. Will we be successful? Yes, to a point. Yet, we are human, and thus, we will have our setbacks. That’s why we have Purgatory. It comes down to how much time you want to do. The choice is yours. I suggest seeking growth in Piety now and hopefully minimize your purifying time that comes later.
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