Piety is a sanctifying gift of the Holy Spirit, the instinctive affection for God to render Him worship and service, and to please those specially consecrated to Him. Piety perfects the virtue of religion, the practice of justice toward God, and the contemplation of the Almighty Father with filial respect, love and affectionate obedience.
“All who are guided by the Spirit God are sons of God; for what you received was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you received the Spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that at we are children of God. And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, provided that we share his suffering, so as to share his glory. In my estimation, all that we suffer in the present time is nothing in comparison with the glory which is destined to be disclosed for us, for the whole creations waiting with eagerness for the children of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:14-19).
Pope Francis discussed Piety on his general audience of Wednesday, June 4, 2014, to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. A few excerpts follow:
”Piety, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, means ‘our longing to God and our profound bond to Him, a bond that gives meaning to all our lives and helps us to stay firmly in communication with Him, even in the most difficult moments.’
Indeed, this is the reason and the most authentic meaning of our worship and our adoration.
This gift, which enables us to live as true children of God, also leads us to love our neighbor and to recognize him as our brother.
‘The Holy Spirit makes us calm and patient, in peace with God and meekly at the service of others.’”