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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).

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

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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