June 19, 2022
How can we offer God the worship that He deserves? What does this “old-fashioned” word piety really mean? How does it relate to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?
This is the third in a series of nine homilies on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The following are the links to all the homilies in this series:
3rd – The Gift of Piety
4th – The Gift of Fortitude
6th – The Gift of Counsel
7th – The Gift of Knowledge
8th – The Gift of Wisdom
9th – Searching for Wisdom
- Thomas Aquinas sees piety as a part of the virtue of justice and justice is rendering another person what is due to them, what they deserve.
- We’re living in a society which is kind of anti-piety and it creates a lot of division and a lot of disorders in our country.
- The special inspiration of this gift of piety helps us to show God the honor and devotion that He deserves as our Father.
- This gift of piety helps us to realize that God the Father is the one worthy of all glory, honor and adoration – all worship.
- The only thing we have which is worthy of, is God Himself and He has given Himself to us present in the Holy Eucharist.
The human virtue of piety, which is not just limited to Christians, is about proper love and respect for family, for our country, for our friends, our colleagues, and associates.
But it’s only the Holy Spirit who can reveal to us the gift that you have been given, the eternal privilege of being chosen to be a son or daughter of the Lord. That’s the gift of piety, which wants us to honor, respect, hallow His name, to adore Him, to praise Him, and give Him thanks. During Mass, listen to the words the priest says, “Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. All glory and honor is Yours, Almighty Father.