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121. Piety as a Gift

1. We have seen that the virtue of piety disposesa person to venerate those who have excellence and who bestowbenefit on him. Piety thus venerates God, parents, kinsfolk, andcountry. Now we speak of the supernatural piety which is a gift ofthe Holy Ghost. By this gift a person exercises the supernaturalvirtue of filial piety towards God, and worships him as theall-perfect and all-loving Father.

2. Because meekness removes from the soul theobstacles which obstruct the exercise of piety towards God as ourFather, it is said that the gift of piety finds a specialcorrespondence in the second beatitude: "Blessed are the meek,for they shall possess the earth" (Matt. 5:4).

"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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